Scriptwriters and Screenwriters
New Zealand based David Fa’auliuli Mamea completed the South Seas Film & Television production course, concentrating on screenwriting. Since 2002 he has worked on film, television, theatre and radio projects in genres ranging from sci-fi to soap, comedy to horror, and documentary to drama. He has also directed a feature and a short film, and produced two short films. His one-person-one-puppet play, Still Life With Chickens, won the 2017 Adam New Zealand Play Award in May. David has developed proposals for two separate TV series, and has written a pilot for each one.
Screenwriter and Freelance Writer
Jaine N Eira is a screenwriter and prose writer of fiction and non-fiction. She has had two short films picked up for production, plus a third short film and a six-part television series which she co-wrote. She has experience as a script editor and script consultant, and has written an animation for the Department of Education (through Briarbird and Co.) and a music video for Peep Tempel's Big Fish (through Truce Films).
Heather was born in the UK and immigrated to Australia with her family as a child. She grew up and attended school and university in Adelaide and before settling in Perth, lived in several isolated places around Australia through her involvement in the mining industry. She is at present with her husband in London.
Kevin Nemeth is a popular and award winning scriptwriter with over 25 year experience in the industry. He has been awarded five Australian Writers' Guild Awards and has received another nine nominations. He graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Diploma in Dramatic Arts and has received an Australia Council Literature Board Fellowship.
Gilly McInnes is based in Melbourne and has spent over 20 years as a freelance writer, director and performer in the area of theatre for and by young people across Australia. She has also worked as a high school and university level drama teacher. Gilly has written 26 plays, which have been professionally produced in Australia by Polyglot Puppet Theatre, Patch Theatre, Company Skylark, Handspan Theatre and Arena Theatre in particular. Seventeen of her plays are puppetry specific. Her plays include adaptations of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Charlotte’s Web by EB White, The Hobbit By JRR Tolkien and The Man Whose Mother was a Pirate by Margaret Mahy.
Scriptwriter and Actor
Alan Hopgood is well known as a playwright, screenwriter, documentary writer and as an actor. Since 1997 Hopgood's HealthPlay performances have brought the worlds of drama and health together, offering a humorous outlook on challenging health issues. The narratives are inspired by true life stories. See www.healthplay.com.au.
In March 2000, Alan's play The Carer premiered in Melbourne before two tours of Australia. It was highly praised for its sensitive treatment of Alzheimer's disease and its warmth and humour. Since then, Alan has written several plays addressing health issues, ranging from diabetes to geriatric sex, and is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars. Recently, The Carer was performed in Cantonese in Hong Kong by 105 Drama Society in October 2015. In Early 2016, tours of The Carer are planned for country Victoria.