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Mystery At Riddle Gully


A family feature based on Jen Banyard’s popular novel

An unlikely duo – a 12 year old aspiring journalist and a tearaway city boy – solve a series of seemingly unrelated mysteries in the sleepy town of Riddle Gully to win a coveted TV cadetship and bring down a corrupt Mayor.

Pollo di Nozi writes and produces an online zine for the residents of Mystery Gully, but she dreams of following in her mother’s footsteps and hitting the big time as an award-winning investigative journalist. When a cadetship competition is announced, with the prize being an attachment with the major regional TV station, Pollo is rapt. This is her big chance to not only prove she is a top journo and honour the memory of her mum but maybe get a bit of attention from her veterinarian dad who has immersed himself in work since his wife’s passing.

Enter Will Hopkins, a new kid in town, whose mum has just married the local cop. Bad time for Will to be spray-painting graffiti on Council property! Striking a deal to get him out of strife, Pollo enlists Will’s help to investigate the Mayor’s shady activities and find out what the weird guy in the long dark jacket is up to in the cemetery. Will has him pegged as a possible vampire, but Pollo thinks it’s worse: he’s a wildlife smuggler.

Pollo, Will and Pollo’s pet sheep, Berry, uncover a web of secrets in Riddle Gully and must alert the locals to their Mayor’s nefarious plans, fight a suspected vampire, save an endangered bat species, as well as learn chess and meet the deadline for the all-important cadetship.

With the fun of PAPER PLANES and the warmth of RED DOG, MYSTERY AT RIDDLE GULLY will delight kids and their parents and grandparents.

DEMOGRAPHIC: 8 – 80 year old

To discuss this project further please contact Chloe Gardner


Based on the book by Jen Banyard
Treatment written by Pete Monaghan and Ruth Estelle
Director Chloe Gardner
Executive Producer Paul Ryan + 57 Films