Aussie Filmmaker Thomas Meadmore Signs First Fiction Feature Deal

Thomas Meadmore, the critically acclaimed Australian filmmaker behind Stan’s AACTA nominated True Crime Series After The Night [The Night Caller], and documentary features The Spy Who Fell To Earth and The Outsider, is now making the move into fiction by partnering with EQ Media Group for his first ever fiction feature film, Ball & Chain.

A touching and insightful comedy, the film follows freshly dumped entrepreneur Samantha who is resentful and unable to move on when she suffers a mysterious accident and wakes up invisible, inaudible and chained to her ex with a front row seat to his blossoming new romance.

A far cry from previous projects centred around the likes of serial killers, spies and shipping empires, Ball & Chain is a humorous exploration of the roots of narcissistic human behaviour as Samantha learns what it really takes to let go of an ex.

Thomas has written the film with Lisa Duff from EQ Media Group on board as producer.

Thomas Meadmore, Writer and Creator says: “I’m very excited to be again partnering with EQ Media on my first fiction feature. Ball & Chain is just how I like my movies – funny and entertaining with enough layers to touch my heart and give me a different perspective on life. In the case of Ball & Chain, literally! I’m thrilled to have AACTA nominated Lisa Duff on board as producer and I can’t wait to share the film with you.”

Lisa Duff, Producer and Head of Scripted, EQ Media Group says: “After partnering with Tom on the AACTA-nominated true crime series After The Night, EQ Media is excited to be producing his feature film Ball & Chain. Both funny and thought-provoking, audiences will love protagonist Sam, laughing and cringing as she grapples with a solution to finding herself chained to her ex, and being in a front row seat whilst his life continues without her.”

Ball & Chain is currently in development, while Thomas’ most recent project The Cancer Conflict – a powerful and moving documentary feature about cancer treatment – will be released later this year. Thomas will also be directing a Melissa Caddick feature documentary this year for ITV.

About Thomas Meadmore

Originally from Perth, Australia, Thomas lives and works in the UK and enjoys a successful career as a director, editor, writer and producer. His 2020 AACTA-nominated Stan Original True Crime Series After The Night [The Night Caller] was a worldwide hit, while his 2019 Netflix documentary feature film The Spy Who Fell to Earth has become a cult favourite in the Middle East. Other past projects include documentaries Fred, Breaking Habits, How to Lose Jobs & Alienate Girlfriends and The Outsider, about the collapse of a multi-billion dollar shipping empire which enjoyed a Bertha Dochouse cinema release and four stars from Total Film magazine. Alongside directing Thomas is an acclaimed editor who shared an Emmy award (2012) for The Amazing Race Australia and lists National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Channel4 and the BBC among his credits. He was also editor on Salon Pictures’ The Guv’nor, an intimate and revealing portrait of the toughest man in Britain, Lenny McClean. He has also tried his hand at acting, having appeared on popular Australian TV series Neighbours in 2002. Next up is documentary The Cancer Conflict, a very personal and intimate look at cancer treatment, being released in 2022, a documentary on missing fraudster Melissa Caddick, and Ball & Chain which will be his first fiction feature.

About Lisa Duff

Lisa Duff’s producing career spans over 20 years. Her feature film credits include producer of feature films Last Train to FreoLast Cab to Darwin starring Michael Caton and the Academy Award® nominated Jacki Weaver, and Unindian, the first feature film financed by the Australia India Film Fund, starring Brett Lee and Tannishtha Chatterjee. Lisa was producer of the critically acclaimed documentary Sexing the Label for SBS and theatrical release in Australia, The Future Makers for Discovery Channel and a number of short TV dramas and documentaries for Australian broadcasters, including drama Road for SBS and Leah Purcell’s short drama Aunty Maggie & The Womba Wakgun for the ABC’s series The New Black. Lisa has completed a Masters thesis on the impact of the global film industry on Australian film making culture and has a Juris Doctor degree. She worked as a Senior Production Investment and Development Manager at Screen Australia for 5 years overseeing feature film and TV drama projects and is currently the Head of Scripted at EQ Media Group (After The Night [The Night Caller], Body Hack, Unchartered with Sam Neill, Koala Rescue, Rhys Darby: Big in Japan).