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Screenworks is delighted to be partnering with Every Cloud Productions to create a new Attachment Program for DEADLOCK, a groundbreaking screen drama project, by offering professional development opportunities for young people in the Northern Rivers Screen Sector.


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. An innovative web series, DEADLOCK 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 Norther 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 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.


Through Screenworks' commitment to providing opportunities for Northern Rivers local crew and young people to gain experience working on a professional production with professional crew, we have devised a 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 DEADKLOCK production. Benefits: Professional acting and on set experience for regional high school students and young people on drama production.



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.


For more information about DEADLOCK, go to



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: or call Screenworks General Manager, Ken Crouch on (02) 6687 1599.

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Contact Details

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Are donations tax deductible?


Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.