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FILM

EDUCATION

  • Australian Film, Television and Radio School.
  • Majoring in Screenwriting, B.A.
  • Awarded Qantas Travel Award, graduation prize.

Films produced at AFTRS:

Sparks, 35minute short film, writer. Produced by Prue Adams, directed by Robert Klennar. Winner of two Australian Academy Cinema Television Awards - Best Screenplay, Best Short Film. The film also received Le Prix Recherche, (Clermont Ferrand Film Festival), Gold Plaque Award, Drama Section (Chicago International Film Festival). Screened in numerous film festivals here and overseas. Televised on Channel 4, Down Under Season of Contemporary Australian Film in 1991.

Life On Earth As I Know It, 9 minute short film, writer.  Produced by Lesley Furneaux-Cook, directed by Penny McDonald. Screened in numerous festivals here and around the world. Televised on Channel 4, Down Under Season of Contemporary Australian Film - 1991. Screened S.B.S. Shortcuts Program.

Full-length Scripts yet to be produced:

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DEVIANT ART FOR THE DEGENERATE

(Formerly titled Wharf at Woolloomooloo adapted from the play of the same name.)

Shortlisted for Best Unproduced Screenplay If Awards

It is 1946, Sydney; the war is over and Peggy is a 19-year-old expressionist artist in a Sydney that doesn’t yet understand. But on one fateful night Peggy meets the rich, influential art patrons, the Huxleys. Slowly she becomes enmeshed in the lives of the Huxleys both psychically and sexually. She is urged on to a creative freedom she’s never thought she’d known and leaves her loved ones behind in her intoxication. Deviant Art for the Degenerate captures Peggy’s wide-eyed excitement of youth and its possibilities. It also conveys her inability to perceive damaged, calculating personalities and the force of their nihilism upon her.

Deviant Art For The Degenerate is about the archetypal wish to be chosen. It examines the cost and necessity of art, as well as the role of creative envy. It is a story of idealism, orthodoxy, and what it means to be bought.

This screenplay was adapted from the play Co-commissioned by Playworks and the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival. This project also received development support from Playworks and was completed with the assistance of a residency at Varuna Writers’ Centre.

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the ego trip

On the day that young, gay, beautiful, Stephan Craven auditions for the National Institute of Dramatic Art, his mother Vic is having an ongoing war with the tradesmen building the new family room and his little sister Angela is spending yet another unpleasant day at primary school because she cannot tell the difference between being tactless and being honest. On this day his father, Senior Detective Ross Craven, is given two options: either he can go to gaol for a long time or he can become an undercover informant for the Royal Commission into Police Corruption.

the ego trip is the story of Vic, Stephan and Angela and their lives in the Witness Protection Program as they struggle to face the prospect of having to subsume and transform, to disappear and reinvent themselves. This is difficult task for a family of strong personalities. Vic is aggressively disinterested in life, Angela is brutally honest and Stephan cannot help but attract attention to himself.

This is not the story of large institutional systems of corruption and the men that run them. This is not a story about the Police. Rather it follows those on the periphery of corruption, whose lives are spun on an unimaginable trajectory - the otherworldly experience of losing everything including their identities.