ACTF’s Top Posts of 2017

23 Jan 2018

2017 was a fantastic year for the ACTF.

During the year, the ACTF played a pivotal role in supporting distinctly Australian programs, and advocating for the support mechanisms required to produce locally-made children’s television. We also supported script development investment on a wide slate of potentially outstanding projects, from both emerging and experienced producers.

Some of our favourite moments included the production and screening of the Little Lunch Specials (from Gristmill) and the Dance Academy movie (from Werner Films).

Our education team conducted interactive webinars and outreach with children all over Australia, who had the opportunity to meet and talk with the creative individuals involved with these projects. Meanwhile, our sales team have produced yet another fantastic year of securing deals that ensure Australian content is broadcast and distributed all over the world.

As another exciting year begins, we have rounded up our most read posts of 2017:


#1. Girls Kicking Goals in Mustangs FC

In May 2017, the ACTF Education team was very fortunate to visit the Mustangs FC set in the program’s final days of filming. On location in Melbourne, producer Rachel Davis gave some background information on the series. The Education team also announced accompanying Mustangs resources for teachers, for release in early 2018.



#2. Who Got Funded at the ACTF Board Meeting?

At our most recent ACTF board meeting in November, a bumper slate of new and exciting future projects were approved for script development funding. The creative teams behind the approved series were a mix of experienced and emerging producers, coming from Western Australia, Northern Territory, New South Wales and Victoria. The number of successful applications was a record for one board meeting.



#3. The career of Joanna Werner, and how Dance Academy remains “en pointe”

The origin story of how Dance Academy came to be is a fairy tale to young creatives. Joanna Werner was once a child who watched children’s television. Now an adult, Jo is an award-winning producer of children’s television series that are loved around the world. The ACTF’s Holly Tosi profiles Joanna’s impressive career trajectory, including her leap to feature film producing for the hit 2017 film, the Dance Academy movie.



#4. When broadcasters cut costs on local TV content, it’s the children who pay

Last February, in the midst of a Commonwealth Government review into Australian Content Standards, ACTF CEO Jenny Buckland considered Nine Network’s Hugh Marks’ statement that “children aren’t watching” kids’ content. When the commercial broadcasters waste no time making it clear that children’s television is their preferred target, Jenny asks: what would the future would look like if the commercial broadcaster’s obligations to commission children’s programs were removed?



#5. Coming in 2018: Lah-Lah Music Education Resource for F-2

Currently, the majority of Australian primary schools do not have a specialist music teacher, so music education is either taught by a generalist classroom teacher, or not taught at all.

Together, the ACTF and Lah-Lah’s Adventures creators, Tina and Mark Harris, saw an opportunity to create a valuable education resource for generalist teachers who may not feel skilled in teaching this area of the Australian Curriculum, and to hopefully encourage music to be taught more widely in the early primary years. The Lah-Lah Music Education Resource will be available to schools early in 2018.



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