4 April 2014
All3media International reported today that their prestigious new costume drama, based on real incidents in the lives of five young women from Australia and New Zealand and during their time as nurses in World War 1 has been pre bought by Globo for GNT in Brazil on the eve of MIPTV. TV2 Denmark will also be signing the show at MIP.
ANZAC GIRLS (6 x 1 hour) – which has a unique premier - it is being screened at Australia House - the home of the Australian High Commission in London – with the New Zealand High Commission officers also in attendance –prior to show being launched at MIPTV.
Rich in detail and authenticity, ANZAC Girls tells the true stories of five Australian and New Zealand army nurses. These young women put their lives on the line for King and Country, tending to the wounded and maimed soldiers of World War I, with their own unique warmth, compassion and humour - bringing a "touch of home" to distraught and damaged men. The nurses of ANZAC Girls undergo extraordinary personal journeys, overcoming prejudice, heartbreak and adversity as they play their parts in the theatre of war.
Based on the book 'The Other ANZACS' by Peter Rees, and drawing on the original diaries, letters and photographs that passed between the nurses and their lovers, families and friends, as well as on countless historical records, ANZAC Girls tells the harrowing but ultimately life-affirming story of five hitherto unsung heroines of The Great War.
The drama is produced by acclaimed independent Screentime for broadcast premier on ABC Australia – with Screen Australia and the South Australian Film Corporation.
GNT has also acquired all3media’s other new Australian drama investment – Playmaker Media’s ‘s LOVE CHILD (8 x 1 hr) which was commissioned for Channel Nine Australia.
This dynamic series presents the clash of cultures in 1960’s Sydney’s – the Rolling Stones are hitting town along with the sexual revolution – but Vivian Maguire: fun-loving, rebellious, young, free, single… and pregnant, finds herself in a refuge for chastised single mothers. Her she meets Joan -0 a forward thinking midwife who’s just arrived back from London – and feels conflicted with her beliefs and rules of the refuge. The period of optimism is beautifully crafted in this drama with genuine dramatic tension.
Ana Carolina Lima, Programming Manager of GNT channel
“The acquisition of Anzac Girls and Love Child are aligned with GNT’s strategy of bringing to the audience high quality fiction. In addition to the channel’s original productions, both Australian series will enhance the image GNT has been building since 2012 as a female oriented channel that has fiction as one of its programming pillars. We’ll air Anzac Girls in occasion of the 100th anniversary of the First World War. And Love Child has a subject that interests GNT’s audience”
Screentime Pty is a (a Banijay Company) for ABC 1, Australia
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