An airborne thriller from These Final Hours writer-director Zak Hilditch and the new project from the Oscar winning team behind The King’s Speech are among the recipients of Screen Australia’s latest story development grants.

Celestial Blue is described as a “high octane thriller” about an air hostess who has deal with a deadline pandemic that breaks out on board midflight. The project is being developed by Hilditch (pictured above) and producer Liz Kearney, whose credits include Paper Planes and The Turning.

The Unknown Soldier, meanwhile, will tell the true story of the British priest who created the first Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to help a nation grieving after The Great War. Shine’s Jan Sardi (pictured below) is working on the script and the Seesaw Productions’ Emile Sherman, Rachel Gardner and Iain Canning will produce.

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Six other projects will also share in the $250,000 worth of development funding: the true story The Blue Tin, the sci-fi dystopian drama In Vitro, Anthony Hayes’ latest project Gold, the Afghanistan war drama Jirga, the supernatural chiller Dingo, and the Second World War adventure Zero Night.

Two indigenous television projects and eight multiplatform projects have also received production funding in Screen Australia’s latest funding round.