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Filthy Rich, TV dramas get funded

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/07/2016

Fans of NZ drama Filthy Rich can breathe a sigh of relief knowing the first season's cliffhanger will be resolved.

The popular series, which follows the fictional Truebridge family, has been renewed for a second season.

It's one of five series to receive funding in the latest round of NZ On Air grants for drama productions.

Three films have also received grants.

Kiwi tells the story of the 1983 Melbourne Cup winner, his owner, trainer and the country's first female jockey.

"It is a tribute to our TV production sector that they make quality drama at reasonable cost, that local audiences enjoy but that also competes internationally," said NZ On Air chief executive Jane Wrightson.

Resolve will tell the story of Taranaki man Chris Crean, who was gunned down in front of his family after standing up to gang activity.

Music will feature heavily in two other films to hit the silver screen.

Why Does Love? is a rock and roll journey through the 1980s with NZ band The Exponents while Vermilion tells the tale of a female composer with synaesthesia - a condition which causes her to see colours when she plays musical notes.

THE RECIPIENTS

* Filthy Rich 2 - $6,896,419

* Kiwi - $3,043,975

* Resolve - $2,549,955

* Why Does Love? - $2,549,330

* Vermilion - $199,000

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