Indie filmmaker Serkan Ozturk was surprised to hear from media colleagues and friends yesterday congratulating him that SBS had picked up his documentary Killing Off the Beat. As he and fellow producer Igor Shmaryan knew, Screen Australia had passed on their film -- but SBS has just announced a very similar project, covering the same ground, but with a much bigger budget.
For the past two years, Ozturk and Shmaryan have been investigating the spate of murders of gay people in Sydney by police officers in the 1980s. They say they've conducted two dozen interviews and poured $10,000 of their own money into making the feature. Ozturk and Shmaryan have been documenting their progress on a Facebook page set up in February -- it features clips of interviews and links to related coverage.