Thu, 8 December 2016
Holly Lyons has written for Neighbours, Home & Away and details her experience working on and writing for the soaps in the UK. We also detail the importance of pitching.
Mon, 21 November 2016
Mithila Gupta entered TV land via Neighbours as a Storyliner and worked her way up to Script Editor and then Writer. After going freelance she worked on Winners & Losers and Home & Away. most recently she's worked on ABC's Indigenous sci-fi series Cleverman.
Wed, 2 November 2016
Recently, I recorded a speed pitching event at Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). You'll hear several minutes of pitch by Screenwriting students followed by several minutes of assessment by Producing students.
The first Producer was Dominic Hart. Pitchees are:
The second Producer was Sarah Bassiuoni. Pitchers are:
We then got some professional assessment of the pitches by Andrew Gregory, Development Manager/Executive Producer at the ABC and Home & Away screenwriter Nick King.
Mon, 17 October 2016
A different type of episode this time. Where I briefly interviewed Awgie winners after their win at the AWG Awgie Awards on Friday 14th October.
1 - Rachel Spratt
2 - Adam Spellicy
3 - Angus Cerini
4 - Claire Stone
5 - Donna Abela
6 - Gerard McCulloch
7 - Hilary Bell
8 - Jason Herbison
9 - Katie Found
10 - Marcia Gardner
11 - Nick Pearce
12 - Sally Hardy
Fri, 7 October 2016
Recorded live at the AWG's Write Like A Man event at King's Cross Hotel, Donna Abela interviews award-winning playwright Patricia Cornelius.
She is known for her confronting plays that often deal with people living on the margins of society, struggling with poverty and prejudice. Patricia has written over 25 plays, including SHIT, Savages, Slut, The Call amongst many more.
Patricia's many awards include a Gold AWGIE, numerous other AWGIEs, a Green Room Award and Patrick White Playwrights' Award.
Fri, 10 June 2016
This Ep is Helen Bowden and Jason Stephens who recently left Matchbox Pictures and Fremantlemedia respectively to form Lingo Pictures.
Helen has produced shows such as The Slap, Devil's Playground and Underground: The Julian Assange Story, while Jason started as a writer/performer on The D Generation, but more recently has produced The King, Devil's Dust and Mr & Mrs Murder, amongst many more.
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Tue, 24 May 2016
Today's guest Andy Muir has worked his way through various script departments and written for Underbelly and Neighbours. He's also a novel writer, having written the novelisation of Underbelly: Squizzy and later this year his first original novel, Something For Nothing will be released.
Mon, 25 April 2016
This episode's guest, Rick Kalowski, started his professional career as a lawyer, but turned to screenwriting after his first screenplay got produced, by none other than Emile Sherman.
He went on to become the head writer of sketch comedy show Big Bite and also created At Home With Julia; A show so dangerous, it prompted the Labor party to commission a study to prove it wasn't funny.
He's now the Head of Comedy at the ABC and in the episode we discuss all facets of this role.
Tue, 5 April 2016
Michaeley O'Brien is an incredibly experienced writer.
She studied journalism, but slipped into screenwriting after attending AFTRS and then doing submissions for Home & Away.
Her career has taken across so many shows I can't list them all, but highlights include Blue Heelers, McLeod's Daughters, Underbelly and Serangoon Road.
As well talking through her career, Michaeley shares the secret to not only co-creating your own show - as she did with the telemovie 'The Killing Field' which became the series 'Winter' - but also getting it shot in your home town!
Tue, 15 March 2016
There's all sorts of ways to become a screenwriter. Grant Scicluna got there after being awarded funding for his short-film The Wilding and having that play in festivals around the world, he then used that as a trailer to get funding for upcoming feature Downriver.
But that makes the journey sound easy. Through the years of writing these projects Grant has toughed it out working part-time jobs as well.
But Grant's skill and perseverance has paid off, with Downriver getting Australian and US distribution.
This is a great insight into working with funding bodies, adapting novels and never giving up.