Cate Blanchett to develop, direct TV show in Australia

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 22 July 2015

Screen Australia has given the green light to fund Cate Blanchett's high-end TV project Stateless, as one of 23 films and TV shows in which the federal funding body plans to invest AUS$640,000.

Stateless, which is Blanchett's TV development and directorial debut, centres on the tragic story of Cornelia Rau, which hit the headlines in 2004. The young German/Australian woman escaped a disturbing cult only to be trapped in a labyrinth of psychiatric and legal systems, ending up in the notorious Baxter Immigration Detention Centre. It will be produced by Matchbox Pictures.

The cult is also the subject matter of Trust a drama based on a journalist's mission to expose a movement clouded by conspiracy theories and deception.

Screen Australia will also fund a number of supernatural themes including zombie thriller Cargo from Kristina Ceyton, UFO-based Skydoor and ghost story Vanished. Bryan Brown and Rachel Ward are also set to collaborate in a movie of Randolph Stow's post-apocalyptic novel Tourmaline.

Comedies The Murderous Urges of Ordinary Women, ET & Me, Flammable Children, Emo (The Musical) and Digger are also to receive funding. As will Jan Chapman and Richard Roxburgh's film Babyteeth and Death is for the Living, written by Marieke Hardy and Kirsty Fisher.