GATEWAY LA SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM WINNER AND AUSSIE LIST
CARGO ANNOUNCED AS GATEWAY LA SCRIPT PROGRAM WINNER
- 2015 ‘AUSSIE LIST’ ALSO REVEALED -
May 1, 2015
Australians in Film has announced that the feature film script for Cargo is the winner of the inaugural Gateway LA Script Development Program Prize for 2015. The 2015 ‘Aussie List’ of finalists, the Australian version of the US Black List and the most prestigious script development program in Australia, has also been announced.
Written by Yolanda Ramke, Cargo tells of a father's quest to save his daughter's life amid a zombie apocalypse. As the winner of the program, Ramke will benefit from a $10,000AUD cash prize, high level mentoring support with industry professionals from the program, US networking access and a flight to the US.
Cargo began as a short film written by Ramke and co-directed by Ramke and Ben Howling. In 2013, it was a finalist at the Tropfest short film festival, and has now amassed almost 9 million views on YouTube, predicting its popularity as a feature film.
Other finalists who submitted feature film scripts, all making part of the ‘Aussie List 2015’, include Michael Noonan’s Alternate Ending, Diane Drake & Nick Pollack's A.K.A. Nick Claus, Tim Bullock & Justin Walsh’s Deadfellas, Jo Watson’s Escape from Biology, Tim Schildberger’s His Son, John Ridley’s I Am The Thunder and Daniel Quigley’s The Killing of Sweet Molly Malone.
Each will have the opportunity to further develop their material by having it circulated within the industry in the US, two months of complimentary hosting on The Black List, a free evaluation of each script, a complimentary copy of the latest version of Final Draft and phone meetings with the program judges.
The judges’ vote was unanimous. Bruna Papandrea, Reese Witherspoon’s producing partner at Pacific Standard (Gone Girl, Wild) and judge for Gateway LA, said: "Cargo is a beautifully rendered script that is both emotional and suspenseful. The writer demonstrates great skill in creating a world to which we are completely transported, while never losing touch with our protagonists."
Another judge, US based agent at United Talent Agency Bec Smith, who represents Aussies such as David Michôd said, “Cargo is a clever screenplay that infuses a familiar genre with a fresh take in the form of unmistakable Aussie humour, an indigenous flavour, drama, suspense, action and real emotion.”
Of her win, Yolanda said, “I'm incredibly honoured to be the first recipient of the Gateway LA prize. I'm also awed and humbled by the caliber of the judges and the staggering number of fellow applicants, which I think speaks volumes for the insane amount of creative talent emerging from Australia.
“Ben Howling and I have been chipping away on Cargo for 2 years now and we've been blessed to join forces with producers Kristina Ceyton, Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder, who all share our passion for this story. This accolade is a giant leap for all of us in a hugely exciting direction.”
OTHER FINALISTS, ALL FEATURE FILM SCRIPTS,
MAKING UP THE 'AUSSIE LIST' FOR 2015 ARE:
Writer: Michael Noonan
A political candidate sees the movie version of his life and realizes he's going to be assassinated.
A.K.A. NICK CLAUS
Writers: Diane Drake & Nick Pollack
The untold, really true story of how notorious cat burglar and con man Nicklaus Kringle turned his life around and became the legend known as Santa Claus.
Writer: Tim Bullock & Justin Walsh
For wise guy turned rat, Joey Catanzariti, escaping the undead is one thing. Escaping the family is another.
ESCAPE FROM BIOLOGY
Writer: Jo Watson
Oscar, a spider who can’t spin webs, sets out to prove he is nonetheless hero material. Instead, he gets captured by a creepy biology teacher. To escape dissection and save his family, Oscar must do something no spider has done before: take on a human and win.
Writer: Tim Schildberger
A bitter man who hasn't seen his famous father in 20 years is suddenly visited because Dad has terminal cancer, and wants his son to kill him.
I AM THE THUNDER
Writer: John Ridley
The true story of a CIA Agent who recruits a young Indigenous Australian as a sniper assassin to remove key political targets in the early days of the Vietnam War.
THE KILLING OF SWEET MOLLY MALONE
Writer: Danny Matier
When Molly makes the choice of saving the life of a boy she doesn't even know; she finds herself fighting the biggest gangster in the city.
Each writer will have the opportunity to further develop their material by having it circulated within the industry in the US, two months of complimentary hosting on The Black List, a free evaluation of each script, a complimentary copy of the latest version of Final Draft and phone meetings with the program judges.
Simonne Overend, President of Australians in Film and Co-Chair of Gateway LA Program said: “Congratulations to Yolanda Ramke – Cargo is well-deserving as the winner and her script was in the top three for all judges. We’re really looking forward to helping Yolanda and all finalists make connections in the industry over here, and further develop their international writing careers.”
The Judges are:
Audrey Chon, VP Scripted Television, Shine America (Gracepoint, The Bridge)
Michael Costigan, Producer (Stoker, Out of the Furnace), Executive Producer (Brokeback Mountain, Prometheus)
Jonathan Hludzinski, Creative Executive at Animal Logic
Peter Lawson, VP of Production and Acquisitions, Open Road Films (Triple Nine, Nightcrawler) and co-chair of Gateway LA Program
Simonne Overend, Vice President of Scripted Development for Essential Media (Saving Mr. Banks, Rake), President of Australians in Film and Co-Chair of Gateway LA Program
Bruna Papandrea, Producer, Pacific Standard (Warm Bodies, Wild), Executive Producer, (Gone Girl, Milk)
Michelle Sandoval, Executive, Ausfilm
Bec Smith, Agent (Motion Picture Literary and Independent Film Group) at United Talent Agency
Stacey Testro, Manager/Producer, Stacey Testro International
The AiF network includes producers, development executives, the Board of Advisors and Board Members including Greg Basser, CEO of Village Roadshow Entertainment Group, writer/director Stuart Beattie, Peter Lawson, Executive Vice President of production and acquisitions at Open Road, Tracey Vieira, CEO Screen Queensland, and Ian Sutherland, Producer at Origin Productions.
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