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Funding secured for Paul Hogan biographical project for Channel Seven

MUMBAI: Both Screen Australia and Screen Queensland have confirmed significant funding for the upcoming Paul Hogan biographical project from FremantleMedia Australia (FMA) for Channel Seven.

This funding approval from both federal and state bodies highlights the cultural significance of the project and the commitment of Screen Australia and Screen Queensland to producing high quality internationally recognised content out of Australia.

The project is the story of how an Australian from the wrong-side-of-the-tracks evolves into an Oscar-nominated superstar. It will explore the factors that shaped the success of Paul Hogan – and at what cost this success might have come.

Kelvin Carlin will direct the Paul Hogan project. The script is by Keith Thompson and Marieke Hardy. FMA’s director of drama and executive producer, Jo Porter, has assembled a creative team, with shooting set to commence early next year.

Casting of the lead role is underway.

FMA’s Director of Drama and Executive Producer Jo Porter said, “In Kevin, Keith and Marieke we have the perfect combination of creative talent to explore this complex, smart man who helped define Australia’s identity first on our local television screens and then on the worlds cinematic stage. It is going to be a revealing, heart-warming story that will really get audiences talking. We are extremely grateful to the support of Screen Australia and Screen Queensland in brining this to life.”

Screen Australia SEO, Graeme Mason said, “Screen Australia is delighted to be partnering with FremantleMedia Australia and Channel Seven on this project about an Australian legend. Audiences have shown their great support for projects about or inspired by our local icons, and Paul Hogan definitely fits the bill. 2016 is going to be a brilliant year for Australian television.”

Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira said, “Screen Queensland is thrilled to be partnering with FremantleMedia Australia, Channel Seven and Screen Australia and investing in this production which will create jobs for the Queensland crew. The cultural significance of Hoge’s story, a man who took the brand of Australian international; along with the economic significance with employment and upskilling opportunities being afforded to Queensland talent, makes this an important investment for SQ. We are committed to growing quality domestic production in our state, especially television drama, as well as helping Australian stories get told on screen and this is a true celebration of one of Australia’s most beloved and internationally recognised personalities.”