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We create award-winning film and television

Bunya Productions is a boutique feature film and television production company based in Sydney and Brisbane, Australia.
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Bunya has produced and collaborated on a slate of award winning feature films, all of which have premiered at a top international film festival: Sweet Country (Venice Competition and Toronto Platform) Goldstone, (Toronto Platform), Mystery Road(Toronto), Jasper Jones (Shanghai), Toomelah (Cannes), Mad Bastards (Sundance) and Satellite Boy (Berlin and Toronto).

Bunya’s feature film, Sweet Country, directed by Warwick Thornton, has won many many awards including the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, the Platform Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival, the 2017 Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Film and 6 AACTA awards in Australia including Best Film.

Bunya’s television division produced the ratings hit Mystery Road starring Aaron Pedersen and Judy Davis which broadcast on the ABC, BBC4 and Acorn TV(US). Mystery Road won 5 AACTA awards including Best Drama Series, an Australian Writers’ Guild Award, and a Screen Producers Award. Bunya’s 3 part drama documentary series Blue Water Empire on the history for the Torres Strait Islands broadcast on the ABC in 2019. Bunya’s VR film Every King Tide broadcast on SBS’s VR app and in competition at the 2018 Sheffield Documentary Festival (Alternate Realities) as well as NEXT VR at the 2018 Cannes Marche Du Film.

Our latest film, High Ground starring Simon Baker, Jack Thompson and introducing Jacob Junior Nayinggul, has its world premiere as a Gala Screening in the Berlinale Special section of the Berlin Film Festival 2020. The second series of Mystery Road, directed by Warwick Thornton and Wayne Blair and starring Aaron Pedersen and Sofia Helin, will premiere in the 2020 Berlinale Series section.

Bunya has a large slate in production including the feature films: Loveland (directed by Ivan Sen and starring Hugo Weaving and Ryan Kwanten), The Drovers Wife (written, directed and starring Leah Purcell) and The Leadership (a feature documentary directed by Ili Baré).

Past dramatic feature films include  Goldstone which opened the 2016 Sydney Film Festival and won 5 awards at the 2016 Australian Film Critics Circle Awards (Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Music and Best Screenplay) and Mystery Road which opened the 2013 Sydney Film Festival and garnered many awards including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor at both the 2014 Australian Film Critics Association and the 2014 FCCA Awards for Australian Film.

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