4 December 2013 4:27 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Screen Australia board.s first meeting since Graeme Mason was hired as CEO was eventful as the agency approved $11 million investment in four feature films, four adult dramas and one children.s series.

All told, that will trigger $70 million in production. The features include family film Oddball from the team who made Kenny, starring Shane Jacobson and directed by his brother Clayton; and See-Saw Films. Life, which stars Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson.

Two theatrical documentaries were funded: Only the Dead, which explores the career of Australian war correspondent Michael Ware; and Sherpa: In the Shadow of the Mountain, which looks at the drama of a high altitude Everest expedition from the point of view of the Sherpas.

.This is a strong line-up of character-driven feature projects coming from an incredibly talented mix of filmmakers,. said Mason.

Scripted by Peter Ivan, Oddball centres on an eccentric chicken farmer who saves »

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