22nd April 2021 –
Komixx Entertainment Australia is to produce the pilot short for a new drama series based on the experiences of ndigenous elder Aden Eades – the uncle of award-winning filmmaker, actress and radio personality Karla Hart – with filming having started this month.
Wirnitj [Wir_ni_jit] will celebrate the richness of Noongar spirituality and the pilot is being supported by Screenwest’s Elevate+ cultural development funding, which backs Western Australian indigenous and diverse filmmakers.
Amanda Morrison, Managing Director (Australia) and Head of Global Production for Komixx Entertainment, said: “Wirnitj is a celebration of the richness of Noongar spirituality – harnessing the supernatural elements of Aboriginal dreamtime stories. We are really excited to be working with creator Karla Hart and sharing this unique and thrilling story.”
This period thriller is set in the south-west corner of Western Australia and follows the life of Aden Eades, who aged just eight, witnesses the savage murder of his mother Maree at the hands of two drunken soldiers. But when the soldiers turn their attentions to Aden something inexplicable happens, stones rain down from the sky to protect him.
While growing up and trying to supress the terrible memories of his mother’s murder, Aden creates a well of energy that generates an array of paranormal experiences. But is Aden cursed or possessed? Or are ‘The Spirit Stones’ a message from the Aboriginal spirits, angry at the Noongar people?
The proposed 8 x 60-minute series would follow Aden’s path through adolescence and is aimed at YA (young-adult) audiences.
The screenplay is being written and directed by Karla Hart, alongside fellow writer Nick Musgrove, and is produced by Amanda Morrison through the Komixx Entertainment office in Perth, Australia.
Screenwest’s Elevate and Elevate+ funding supports the development and production of scripted short films (live action, animation, and web series) and long-form narrative projects. Past initiatives have been a calling-card for early to mid-career artists in Western Australia.
Devina McPherson, Indigenous Manager at Screenwest said: “Screenwest is committed to developing Indigenous and diverse filmmakers and through our Elevate+ funding initiative, and we are so proud and excited to support the creation of Wirnitj, a magical and deeply moving, personal family story from Karla Hart. We have exceptional First Nations talent in Western Australia and the diverse and inspirational projects we are supporting could prove game-changing for the careers of our aspiring film-makers.”
The Komixx team in Australia has just finished filming a second series of its 10-part, high-octane children’s live-action adventure, ITCH. Based on the award-winning books by popular British broadcaster and author Simon Mayo, ITCH 2 is currently in post-production and has been commissioned by ABC Australia, filmed in Western Australia, and been sold internationally.
A third instalment of the Komixx blockbuster film series The Kissing Booth, will hit Netflix in Summer 2021. Produced by the Komixx Entertainment office in Los Angeles, it will again star Joey King and Jacob Elordi.
ABOUT KOMIXX ENTERTAINMENT
Established in 2007, Komixx Entertainment is an independent film and TV production company that holds a significant portfolio of original and adapted rights. Headquartered in London, expansion has since seen Komixx establish offices in Los Angeles, USA, and Perth, in Western Australia.
The Komixx Media Group acquires, develops, and produces feature films, TV series and other multi-media content for kids to young-adult audiences with fast evolving tastes and preferences. Komixx uses trend analysis, evaluation of social and behavioural patterns and in-depth audience research to ensure that each production is developed with creativity at its heart and wrapped with a strong commercial and financial strategy.
Working both with original ideas and book adaptations, Komixx brings to screen imaginative, character-driven stories and creative concepts with an enduring, global audience appeal.