Co-productions between China and Australia are a niche and growing international filmmaking field. Weinan Song and Mark Lazarus will talk about doing official and unofficial Chinese coproductions with stories from the making of Chinese TV show, Old Boy and the feature film, Guardians of the Tomb. Aspects covered will include culture, financing, production, development, and whether or not there really is the capacity to make a genuine coproduction that can please a global audience
Weinan Song is the principal of Sydney Films and a highly regarded film professional with a unique set of skills and relationships. His efforts have resulted in rapid growth in the company over the last two years. He was instrumental in bringing the unofficial copro, Bleeding Steel starring Jackie Chan to Australia, and last year he also successfully executed complex production service jobs for Huace Croton TV for their flagship drama, Old Boy. He has now moved into IP and content creation and launched the company’s slate with the multi-award-winning story, The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu.
Mark is an award-winning feature film producer and highly experienced production and development executive. He is currently Head of Production for Sydney Films in Sydney, Australia and among the movies he is developing is the short story, The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu, the only piece of fiction ever to win all three of the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Awards.
Mark’s credits include Guardians of the Tomb, an Australian/Chinese co-production starring Li Bingbing, Kelsey Grammer, Kellan Lutz and Shane Jacobson, executive producer on Jungle starring Daniel Radcliffe and Thomas Kretschmann, producer of The Loved Ones, (Winner Cadillac People’s Choice Award -TIFF Midnight Madness), Restraint and Australian Rules, winner of a Humanitas Certificate at the Sundance Film Festival in 2002.
His previous executive positions include investment manager at Screen Australia where he worked on many feature films, adult TV drama series and children’s TV drama series, project manager at the Australian Film Commission, executive producer at Filmgraphics Entertainment, head of development and acquisitions at Ocean Pictures - where he was instrumental in acquiring the feature film, Rabbit Proof Fence - and creative affairs executive at Fox Icon Productions (20th Century Fox and Mel Gibson’s Icon Productions JV).