DEADLOCK Attachment Program

UPDATE – 25 MAY 2017


Applications deadline: 12noon on Thursday 15 June 2017.

Screenworks is now calling for applications for a Director Attachment opportunity as part of the Deadlock Attachment Program.

The Director Attachment opportunity is open to people aged between 18 & 30 years (as at 30 June 2017) and living in the Northern Rivers region (which includes the following local government areas: Tweed Shire Council, Byron Shire Council, Kyogle Council, Ballina Council, Lismore City Council, Richmond Valley Council, Clarence Valley Council).

The purpose of the Deadlock Director Attachment (paid internship opportunity) is to recognise and support the development of a young screen director living in the Northern Rivers who wishes to direct television drama.

Please refer to the application form for full details about: the selection criteria, application requirements and the selection process for this attachment opportunity.

The selected applicant for the Deadlock Director Attachment will participate in the attachment on a full-time basis and will be paid $4,800 for 4 weeks (1 week pre-production and 3 week shoot), plus provided an additional unpaid attachment opportunity of a trip to Melbourne including travel, accommodation and per diems.

Screenworks and Every Cloud Productions will discuss the attachment opportunity with the selected applicant and may choose to amend the attachment within the budget parameters.

Once we have selected the person for the director attachment role, a schedule and agreement will be drawn up with the participant and key parties outlining the role and responsibilities, dates and time frame.

Screenworks will work with Every Cloud Productions and the selected Director Attachment to monitor the progress of the attachment at different stages of the program. The attachment is expected to provide a written report and participate in a phone briefing with Screenworks.

For more information and to apply online, click on the button below.


Screenworks is delighted to be partnering with Every Cloud Productions to create an Attachment Program for the groundbreaking screen drama DEADLOCK,  by offering screen industry career opportunities for young people in the Northern Rivers Screen Sector.

Screenworks is now seeking funding to support The DEADLOCK Attachment Program.

Through Screenworks’ commitment to providing opportunities for Northern Rivers local crew and young people to gain experience working on a professional productions with professional crew, we have devised the Deadlock Attachment Program with all beneficiaries coming from the Northern Rivers.

These opportunities include the following:


An opportunity for an emerging director to work on the DEADLOCK production for 5 weeks from pre to post production.

Benefits: Career development opportunity for a young Northern Rivers based director to work on episodic drama from pre-production to post and obtain a film credit.


Opportunities for emerging practitioners within 8 different departments on the DEADLOCK production. Departments include Production Office, Art Department, Camera Department, Sound Department, Lighting Department, Grips Department, Costume Department and Makeup Department.

Benefits: Career development opportunities for young Northern Rivers emerging screen practitioners and students (SAE/TAFE/SCU) to experience professional drama production and obtain a film credit.


Casting and employment of young people from region in small roles and as extras on the DEADLOCK production.

Benefits: Professional acting and on set experience for regional high school students and young people on drama production.

More information about how to apply for one of the attachment opportunities will be available in the coming week.



DEADLOCK crashes though the incredible highs, heartbreak, camaraderie, laughs and bittersweet sorrow of what it is to be a teenager. When a mysterious car crash exposes the dark underbelly of an idyllic paradise, it dramatically changes the lives of the teens it touches. This innovative web series, is set in and around the Northern Rivers and will begin filming in the region in July 2017.

DEADLOCK is an original concept by acclaimed Northern Rivers filmmaker Deb Cox for Every Cloud Productions, and developed with writer Billie Pleffer, the series is being produced by Belinda Mravicic, Fiona Eagger and Deb Cox for Every Cloud Productions (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Newton’s Law, The Gods of Wheat Street). DEADLOCK will be directed by Billie Pleffer, mentored by Tony Tilse (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Underbelly) and the series will use local cast and crew wherever possible.

Every Cloud has previously produced two series of East of Everything and one series of Indigenous drama The Gods of Wheat Street in the Northern Rivers, demonstrating their commitment to the growth of a sustainable screen industry in the region.

Development of the series involved Screenworks partnering with Every Cloud Productions in Byron Bay in December 2015 to host the Deadlock Script Lab Workshop with emerging writers from across Australia. The workshop was held in collaboration with Bryan Elsley (co-creator and co-writer of the edgy UK youth drama series Skins, and, more recently, Dates and Kiss Me First) and included nine local youth sharing their experiences with the series writers and producers, which was integral to the authenticity of the series.

An Every Cloud Production, DEADLOCK is presented by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Screen Australia, in association with Film Victoria and Screen NSW. Developed with the assistance of the Screen Australia, Film Victoria and Northern Rivers Screenworks. All3Media International will handle international sales.


We are seeking support from the philanthropic and business community who appreciate the potential value of the series to both young people in our community and also to the Northern Rivers screen sector.

It’s better than tax!

All donations of $2 and above receive a tax-deductible receipt.



An Original Concept by Deb Cox, developed for Every Cloud Productions with Billie Pleffer

Executive Producers: Fiona Eagger, Deb Cox, Lois Randall

Story Producer: Deb Cox & Mike Jones

Producer: Belinda Mravicic                               

Writer & Director: Billie Pleffer

Mentor Director: Tony Tilse

Story Consultant: Brian Elsley

Publicist: TM Publicity

International Sales:  All3Media International 

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Screen Australia present, in association with Film Victoria and Screen NSW, an Every Cloud Production. Developed with the assistance of the Screen Australia, Film Victoria and Northern Rivers Screenworks.

Deadlock Script Lab Workshop supported by Screen Australia’s Enterprise Stories Program, produced by Every Cloud Productions with the assistance of Northern Rivers Screenworks.

Deadlock Attachment Program is being delivered in partnership with:


Every Cloud Productions is an independent, Australian production company producing distinctive, high-quality television drama for domestic and international markets. Founded in 2009 by leading television industry creatives, Fiona Eagger and Deb Cox, the company balances strong storytelling and high production values with astute producing expertise.

Independently, Fiona and Deb have produced and created close to 100 hours of prime time drama, including seminal drama series SeaChange, telemovie The Society Murders, family drama East of Everything, acclaimed Indigenous drama The Gods of Wheat Street and hit series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Legal drama series Newton’s Law is the latest project from Every Cloud, due for release in early 2017.

Every Cloud Productions is focused on fostering Australian talent, supporting co-operative alliances with creative producers across various media formats, and engaging with development opportunities within the industry. Possessing established relationships with international sales agents and distributors, the company continues to focus on making exceptional drama productions for domestic and international audiences.


NORTHERN RIVERS SCREENWORKS INC. is listed on the Register of Cultural Organisations as a cultural organisation and is endorsed by the Australian Tax Office as having Item 1 Deductible Gift Recipient status, which allows NORTHERN RIVERS SCREENWORKS INC. to receive donations from individuals and organisations and issue a tax deductible receipt.

• Donors cannot be associated with or a beneficiary of the DEADLOCK Attachment Program.

• Donations will be deposited by NORTHERN RIVERS SCREENWORKS INC. into a specially maintained bank account, the “Northern Rivers Screenworks Inc. Donations Fund”, and a receipt evidencing the tax deductible donation will be issued to the donor.

• Donations received are to be applied by NORTHERN RIVERS SCREENWORKS INC. to uses that meet the objectives contained within the constitution by which NORTHERN RIVERS SCREENWORKS INC. is governed.  Providing career development opportunities on produced in the Northern Rivers meets those objectives.

• Donations that are received through this program will be consolidated, and will be used to fund the different attachment opportunities that form part of the program.

• A 10% project administration fee on donations will be held by NORTHERN RIVERS SCREENWORKS INC.

• Donations can be made directly via EFT (please contact Screenworks for details) or via the GiveNow website:

• Australian tax law stipulates that the final decision about how money will be granted to is NORTHERN RIVERS SCREENWORKS INC.’s alone.

• Donations to NORTHERN RIVERS SCREENWORKS INC. are unconditional, and donors may not receive any benefit, advantage, right or privilege as a condition of their donation. NORTHERN RIVERS SCREENWORKS INC. may acknowledge donors that have supported their projects if the donor agrees to this.

• Donations are unable to be refunded – if the project does not proceed (in part or full) for any reason, the application of donated funds will be at the discretion of NORTHERN RIVERS SCREENWORKS INC.  All donations will be used for programs that meet the objectives contained within the constitution by which NORTHERN RIVERS SCREENWORKS INC. is governed.

To enquire about donating to this project or about NORTHERN RIVERS SCREENWORKS INC.’s Philanthropy Program please email: [email protected] or call Screenworks General Manager, Ken Crouch on (02) 6687 1599.

Published on May 4, 2017 2:38 am