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Stephen Vagg rejoins us to discuss the History of Australian Screenwriting; a topic he knows a lot about having written an article for the AFTRS Lumina publication.

It maybe educational, but don't let that stop you listening, as Stephen has some great tidbits, like Australians were nominated for three Academy Awards for screenwriting in the 70's.

You can read Stephen's excellent article at AFTRS Lumina here...

http://www.aftrs.edu.au/media/books/lumina/lumina11c-ch7-1/index.html

 

Direct download: History_of_Aus_Screenwriting_Complete.mp3
Category:TV & Movies -- posted at: 11:03am AEST

This is a special episode. Stephen Vagg - most recently the Script Producer on Neighbours - memorialises his good friend and colleague, James Walker.

James passed away, in January of 2018, aged only 41.  My condolences go out to his wife and two children. 

James was a veteran of both Neighbours and Home & Away and also wrote for shows like McLeod's Daughters, Wild Boys and Wonderland.

I'm really thankful to Stephen for coming to me with this idea, so people who didn't know James can get to know him and his legacy and also so his family, friends and colleagues can relive fond memories.

Direct download: Vale_James_Walker_Complete.mp3
Category:TV & Movies -- posted at: 10:44am AEST

Sam Strauss is the co-creator and screenwriter of Dance Academy, the very popular ABC that has also spawned a feature film. 

We talk about how Dance Academy came to be, what it was like for her to come is as a Script Producer on the second series of The Wrong Girl and lots more.

Direct download: Sam_Strauss_Complete.mp3
Category:TV & Movies -- posted at: 11:05am AEST

As Co Head of Drama at Nine Network with Jo Rooney, Andy has overseen the commissioning, development and production of such shows as Love Child, Fat Tony & Co and House Husbands.

We also talk about upcoming Nine shows and what it's like commissioning for a commercial broadcaster.  

Direct download: Andy_Ryan_Complete.mp3
Category:TV & Movies -- posted at: 11:16am AEST

Catherine McMullen is one of the hottest young genre screenwriters in Australia at the moment.

 

In 2017 she won the John Hinde Award for Excellence in Science-Fiction writing for a pilot called 'Awake' and her feature script 'The Other Lamb' got her onto The Black List, The Hit List and The Blood List in Hollywood.

 

She is now commuting between Australia and LA, working in writers rooms and forging what will surely be an illustrious career.

 

We discuss her career trajectory to this point, how she writes and why you can't talk yourself down in Hollywood.

 

Direct download: CS_McMullen_Complete.mp3
Category:TV & Movies -- posted at: 6:13pm AEST

As the Drama Executive at Foxtel, Carly Heaton evaluates drama pitches and scripts, represents the network in writers' rooms and helps develop scripts.

We chat about upcoming Foxtel shows, who can pitch to Foxtel and what level your pitch might need to be at.

This is a great episode for insights into the Foxtel drama department.

Direct download: Carly_Heaton_Complete.mp3
Category:TV & Movies -- posted at: 10:47am AEST

In trying to get different angles on Screenwriting and the screen industry, I recently attended C21's Content London Drama Summit, which brings together 1500 industry professionals to get insights about upcoming shows, understand the current marketplace and look at trends for the future amongst many more topics of discussion.

My interviews include:

Catherine Oldfield - Creative Director, Tall Story Pictures

Graeme Mason - CEO, Screen Australia

David Hannam - Screenwriter, Wanted, Nowhere Boys

Elizabeth Kilgarriff - Senior Commissioning Editor, BBC Drama England & Wales

Andy Ryan - Co-Head of Drama, Nine Network

Julie Eckersley - Producer, Matchbox Pictures

Jenni Tosi - CEO, Film Victoria

Nick Waller - Business Development Director, C21 Media

 

Direct download: Content_London_Complete.mp3
Category:TV & Movies -- posted at: 12:59pm AEST

Deb Jourdain is a Co-ordinator at Margot Robbie's Lucky Chap Entertainment in Hollywood.  She was Assistant to Producer John Edwards in Sydney for many years and moved over to LA a few years ago.  

If you're interested in moving to Hollywood or just interested in what happens over there, then Deb's story of working her way up the Hollywood ladder is a great listen.  She also has some great tips on how to gain credit, get a bank account and all those things you might overlook when setting up in a new city. 

Direct download: Deb_Jourdain_Complete.mp3
Category:TV & Movies -- posted at: 10:15am AEST

At the recent AWG Event: Representing Disability Onscreen, Luke Buckmaster, the film critic for The Guardian Australia gave a keynote address talking about how people with disabilities have been represented on Australian TV and film throughout the years.

Direct download: Luke_Buckmaster_Keynote_Complete.mp3
Category:TV & Movies -- posted at: 10:15am AEST

Tim Pye has had an illustrious career and it's far from over.  He's worked on everything from A Country Practice, E Street and Water Rats to Lockie Leonard, Stupid Stupid Man and Love Child.

Tim's won numerous awards including Awgies, AFIs and Logies and he now works as Head of Development at Scripted Ink, a screenwriter development company created up by NCIS Showrunner Shane Brennan.

Direct download: Tim_Pye_Complete.mp3
Category:TV & Movies -- posted at: 10:15am AEST