The Gods Of Wheat Street is a six episode television drama series created, written and produced by Jon Bell, executively produced by Fiona Eagger and Deb Cox and produced by Lois Randall. The series transports the audience into the world, hearts and humour of a modern Aboriginal family of local legends.
Mr Stoner said the production, which will screen on ABC1 from 12 April, has been supported by the NSW Government’s Northern Rivers Jobs Plan and Screen NSW’s Regional Filming Fund.
“Indigenous and regional productions like The Gods Of Wheat Street are exceptionally important and reinforce NSW’s position as a nationally and internationally renowned State with a vibrant screen industry,” Mr Stoner said.
“NSW Government support for this project has helped build skills in filmmaking in the Northern Rivers region and create local jobs in the screen industry.
“The Gods Of Wheat Street received support through our Northern Rivers Jobs Plan because of the production company’s investment in jobs in the region.
“The production company invested more than $5.2 million in the production, creating 95 full-time equivalent jobs over six months, most of which were in the Northern Rivers.”
Mr Gulaptis, who attended a special advanced screening of the first episode in Casino on behalf of the Deputy Premier, said the region’s screen industry has benefited from production activities like this.
“It has also benefited from Screen NSW-supported professional development workshops, which help regional filmmakers build their professional skills and access new opportunities,” Mr Gulaptis said.
“Last year Screen NSW supported the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Capacity Building Program, run by Northern Rivers Screenworks.
“This program teamed emerging writers with The Gods Of Wheat Street creator Jon Bell and other Indigenous writers and producers for a workshop and mentoring, to help foster a significant screen writing community in the Northern Rivers.
“Programs such as this are designed to open up opportunities for many more writers and stories from our region to reach a national and international audience.”
For more information on Screen NSW’s support for the State’s screen industry, visit www.screen.nsw.gov.au.