The Minderoo Foundation in Australia has started a production and fundraising company with an initial amount of Australian $ 10 million (US $ 7.5 million) to invest in screen projects that inspire change.
Minderoo Pictures was created by the billionaire founders of Minderoo, Australian businessman Dr Andrew Forrest AO and philanthropist Nicola Forrest AO, who are the co-chairs.
Former Screen Australia senior executive Richard Harris, who has over 20 years of experience in the film industry, will lead Minderoo Pictures’ work as executive producer.
Minderoo claims to be the largest philanthropic organization in Asia-Pacific. The Perth-based company seeks to work with creative teams around the world to develop, produce and help release “ambitious” screen projects that inspire change.
The first four projects in development focus on topics such as ocean conservation, plastics and human health, and early childhood development in Indigenous communities.
These include: a feature film collaboration between Oscar winner Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) and Josh Murphy (Artifishal); Blueback, helmed by Robert Connolly (The Dry); Honey Ant Dreamers, directed by Michael Cordell (Year of the Dogs) and Emily-Anyupa Butcher; and First Born, produced by Workshop TV.
Minderoo Foundation President Andrew Forrest said: “Our initiatives tackle some of the world’s most important challenges, from plastic pollution to modern slavery and cancer research.
“Lasting change doesn’t just happen. To have real impact, we need to motivate people, businesses and governments to take action, reassess their behaviors, or start a movement. This is what we hope to achieve with Minderoo Pictures.
Minderoo Foundation Co-Chair Nicola Forrest added, “The arts enrich our lives and nourish our souls, and they can also be a powerful communication tool.
“The long-term storytelling throughout the film speaks to us in a unique way. He has the ability to cross, he can create movements for change and even trigger cultural changes. Minderoo Pictures is looking for projects that will reach new audiences and inspire them to work for a better and fairer world.
In addition to the films themselves, Minderoo Pictures said it is also working to produce large-scale cross-platform impact campaigns to reach diverse audiences in policymaking schools and the business sector.
Executive Producer Harris said, “Minderoo Pictures is an exciting new player in the global impact film space at a time when there is a growing demand for films with something to say.
“Minderoo Pictures will be a strategic and active collaborator in finding the best films, the best teams and the best ways to invest throughout the film’s value chain, from development to production and release. At its heart, the Minderoo Foundation believes in the transformative power of the arts to change the world. Minderoo Pictures will strive to cross and inspire global change.