Scriptwriters & Screenwriters
Praise for Fragments and Pierlot:
"Fragments…. gives audiences a multi-sensory, embodied experience of what it’s like to be a teenager in distress….. It’s an effective exploration of not quite being able to communicate effectively, and what happens when those around you can’t quite see your reality under fake smiles and photoshopped selfies…..And despite the angst, the script also contains moments of genuine humour, of wit, and of hope. The tragedy isn’t so much the pain the characters feel, but the fact that they’re so consumed by it that they don’t notice that everyone else feels it too. And by pointing this out, Fragments opens up the vital possibility of connection."
Erin Stewart, Review in Arts Hub
Patricia Johnson has been a trail-blazer for women script writers. Her early work as a journalist, in Sydney, then London and Madrid nourished her talent for writing 'true' stories. Her original work for stage and screen has been inspired by real events and her fictional characters interpret these events. Her receipt, as yet unpublished and unproduced, work includes a novel in which the central character is an 8-year-old boy who is a Ward of the State in Queensland, as well as several scripts including a screenplay, Tessie, for a Feature about cloning, science and the Tasmanian Tiger.
Patricia's first full-length stage play, Gladbags, was praised by the Sydney Sunday Telegraph: The playwright's characters are sharply perceived and deftly drawn ... and unforgettably funny; and the Perth Western Mail: Deliriously funny. The success of this play led to Patricia's appointment as the STC's writer in residence, in 1984, where she wrote And the Best Man Makes Three. The Sydney Morning Herald said: "And the Best Man Makes Three" will be one of the most memorable productions of the season. Her script is exemplary. She offers two wonderfully original characters, carefully observed and generously conceived. The dialogue is sparse, purposeful and idiomatic. It is a thoughtful, funny and gently profound play.
Prewett's latest work Our Jimi was published by Political Animal Press in 2020 to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the passing of Jimi Hendrix.
Prewett completed his Master of Film & Television in 2009 and was presented with the coveted Victorian College of the Arts Best Achievement in Direction, as well as Best Documentary Script. His documentaries have won awards and honours at film festivals in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and have been distributed commercially in North America. His latest work Our Jimi was published by Political Animal Press in 2020 to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the passing of Jimi Hendrix.
His debut non-fiction book, Woodstock at Fifty: Anatomy of a Revolution was published by Political Animal Press in 2019. In the lead-up to the fiftieth anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, Prewett found himself thinking back to the interviews he conducted when filming his 2016 film A Venue for the End of the World. The book fills the gaps left by the film’s limited timeframe. The discussions and interviews conducted for the film led to a multitude of stories that were both thoughtful and highly entertaining. So now, at the fiftieth anniversary of Woodstock, Prewett has the perfect opportunity to tell these unique stories.
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.
Koraly Dimitriadis is a Cypriot-Australian poet, writer, actor and performer. She is the author of two books of poetry. The controversial Love and F**k Poems was translated into Greek as Ποιήματα για Αγάπη και για Γαμήσι and published by ΑΣΤΑΜΑΝ in 2014 to rave reviews and debate, with European English and Greek rights sold in 2015 to Honest Publishing (UK). Just Give Me The Pills was launched in December 2018. Her work deals with cultural norms and expectations and about growing up and living as an adult female Greek-Cypriot Australian.
Koraly is a freelance opinion writer and has contributed to publications such as The Washington Post, News.com.au, Daily Life, Rendezview, SBS, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Saturday Paper, The Vocal, Junkee.com, New Matilda, ABC The Drum, Overland and Meanjin. Her literary work has appeared in publications such as Southerly, Blue Dog, [Untitled], Short and Twisted, Social Alternatives, Etchings, Unusual Works, Offset, The Green Fuse, Page 17 and others. Her writing has been broadcast on radio and has been scrolled on Melbourne's Federation square wall.
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.