GENERATIONS OF MEN
Written by Judith Wright.
Adapted by Joanna Joy.
GENERATIONS OF MEN is a 10x60 returning drama series.
Inspired by Judith Wright’s historical novel, GENERATIONS OF MEN details the brutal birth of the Australian nation and its early history of pioneering, blackbirding and immigration in Central Queensland.
Amidst the separation of the Queensland state from New South Wales in 1859 and ending in 1901 with Federation’s introduction of the White Australian Policy, the characters are drawn from a rich multicultural history. Together the many perspectives of First
Nations, South Pacific Islanders, Chinese, English, Irish immigrants and early pioneers are unified.
A sweeping historical drama exploring how we survived the birth of the Australian Nation through the gaze of our female heroines. GENERATIONS OF MEN marks the first of its kind bringing the truth of Australia’s dramatic founding history to the centre stage.
Community focus & Indigenous Relationships
GENERATIONS OF MEN in collaboration with Central Queensland has a community first focus with a priority to boost regional profiles through the popularisation of regional stories and voices in mainstream media. Particular attention is paid to previously unheard voices, from the women and multicultural communities of Central Queensland.
A series which honours Wrights’ activism and legacy through its focus on indigenous relationships, this includes the often ignored voices of the Torres Strait, South Sea Islander, Chinese and Indigenous characters from History.
It's because of this desire to connect that we are working with Wayne Blair. Wayne Blair grew up on Darumbal country and is returning with us as a key indigenous creative to help ensure the characters in the film can proudly speak their own dialect. Through Wayne's introduction to community we have connected with Aunty Nicky Hatfield who is working with us in developing a script that documents the Darumbal dialect of Rockhampton.
Our conversations with Aunty Nicky shares a mutual ambition for an authentic film that allows local actors to speak their local dialect on country. It is this attention to detail that will ensure our representation and inclusions of different indigenous languages is authentic and holds integrity. A process which is applied to all the cultures and languages of the characters in the series.
In order to achieve this goal we have organised a series of engagement initiatives that focus on creative and up-skilling opportunities for Central Queensland's youth.
Firstly, we have partnered with the Darumbal Enterprises, Woorahbinda's Community Centre and the Rockhampton Dreamtime Centre to run creative workshops within the indigenous and Central Queensland community. These fun workshops are our way of meeting local talent who could be involved in our shoot.
We have also partnered with CQ University in Rockhampton to provide placements on our shoot where students interested in film can gain insight into the industry. Producer Elizabeth Simard and Sound Designer Thom Kellar will be running workshops for students interested in getting exposure to the film industry.
Community Letters of Support
GENERATIONS OF MEN speaks to a primary female audience of 25 - 45yrs in metro and regional areas. Statistics have shown that in both regional and metro communities women make up the largest audience and that ‘self-recognition’ for audience members is a key part of engagement. Through the eyes of strong female protagonists battling on the home- front of an early Australia the series gives voice to a perspective rarely heard and directly appeals to our target demographic.
Just as Starz’ Outlander TV series places its lead characters within a variety of historical events and details the bloody birth of a nation GENERATIONS OF MEN weaves the core characters in a similar way and delivers on premiere content to satisfy the demands of a premium cable audience.
Through the epic depiction of an array of diverse cultures grappling to find home amidst a new world, universal themes of survival, identity and reconciliation are explored. This creates strong appeal for a wide audience even beyond the target demographic making it the viewing choice for families globally.
Bringing “Screen Tourism” to the Region
GENERATIONS OF MEN is a production which seeks to promote Rockhampton and Central Queensland destinations as a premier film location and travel destination. A project made for an international audience it has potential reach into the millions.
Looking to the success of Starz’ Outlander series, GENERATIONS OF MEN will adopt a proven strategy with the intention to deliver on a similar spike to that of the “Outlander effect” which saw huge increases in tourism and tourist spend in regional film locations (67% increase since 2013).
With proactive promotion, sustainable management and careful product development GENERATIONS OF MEN seeks to enhance direct expenditure revenue from visitors who travel to see the filming locations or destinations that inspire our storylines.
Wayne Blair – project consultant
Wayne Blair is an acclaimed film, television and theatre director, writer, actor and producer.
Wayne’s debut hit feature film, THE SAPPHIRES, a musical comedy, had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012. The film has since played at festivals including Telluride, Toronto, Aspen, Zurich and Hamburg, earning him worldwide recognition. THE SAPPHIRES was the highest grossing Australian film of 2012 and won eleven AACTA Awards, including Best Director and Best Film. In 2013 Wayne directed SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ, which featured at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and opened the San Diego Film Festival, with
an impressive award winning cast including Salma Hayek and Adrien Brody. In 2015 and 2016 Wayne co-produced and directed CLEVERMAN series 1 and 2 – an innovative six-part futuristic action drama for US network ABC-TV, starring Game of Thrones’ Iain Glen, Frances O’Connor and Deborah Mailman. Wayne’s latest film, TOP END WEDDING starred Miranda Tapsell and was released theatrically in 2019. Other TV credits include BITE CLUB for Channel 10; LOVE CHILD for Channel 9; the iconic film DIRTY DANCING for Lionsgate TV/ABC US network, starring Abigail Breslin, Sarah Hyland and Debra Messing; REDFERN NOW for ABC TV, LOCKIE LEONARD Series 1 and 2 for the Channel 9; Australian- British children’s supernatural comedy TV series DEAD GORGEOUS for the BBC and Australian children’s TV series DOUBLE TROUBLE. Wayne wrote the episode 1788 of the MY PLACE series 2 for ABC-TV and an episode for the second series of THE CIRCUIT, which won an AWGIE Award for Best Original miniseries in 2009.
Joanna Joy – Creator / Writer / Director
Recent recipient of the Creative Young Leaders Fellowship from Create NSW, Joanna Joy is a Sydney based multi-disciplinary artist.
Her work blurs the boundaries between experimental film, theatre & performance art. Through her practice Joanna uses research to explore ideas of origin, connection and counter narratives. Joanna has recently returned from the LungA School in Iceland to see her film ‘Pane Di Vita’ screened at Sydney’s For Film’s Sake Festival, the Melbourne Women in Film Festival and ATOM Awards. Joanna’s last production with the House that Dan Built toured both Sydney Fringe and Newcastle’s TiNA festival. As part of her fellowship Joanna is now being mentored by director Danielle O’Keefe in the development of her next project ‘Generations of Men’.
Elizabeth Simard – Co Creator / Producer
Elizabeth is a writer, director and producer with experience across a diverse range of international productions.
In 2013 she produced and co-wrote 4 time nominated international short film, ‘Paladin’ which premiered at 168Film Festival, Los Angeles and in 2014 worked on Australian feature ‘Rise’ which secured a place in the Official Selection for the 5th AACTA AWARDS voting going on to secure international distribution. Other credits include ‘The Neon King’ (2016), Rider (2016), Aquaman (2018), Fitting (2018) and international anthology feature ‘On The Move’ which had its world premiere at the 2018 Beijing International Film Festival [BJIFF] with its Australian premiere being held as part of the Brisbane Int. Film Festival [BIFF] going on to screen at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2019 she worked with Ludo Studio on Australia’s first ever vertical video comedy series ‘Content’ (starring Charlotte Nicdao and Gemma Bird Mattheson). Elizabeth’s current focus is on the development of rich Australian content with universal themes aimed at global audiences.
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Elizabeth Simard - Producer