“Storytelling is in me bones.” As a kid I created stories to taunt, scare and sometimes console my little brother. Storytelling inspired me force my brother to perform in my family shows, to forget about uni and devise student theatre, and then to survive being an unemployed actor.
What’s your favourite movie? I can distinctly recall when I saw mine. And I love that whenever I watch it again I get to relive that moment in time and what it meant for me. That’s what I want to create for others. With really good dialogue.
I was raised by film and television, in a good way. Once the cinema lights go down or the opening credits roll, I’m transported and transfixed. I want my stories to nourish, comfort, sustain and inspire people the way film and TV has all my life.
Striving to enrich the imaginations of all children – big and small – by blending the ordinary with the extraordinary. The everyday with the bizarre. The real with the unreal. Loves to take classic, beloved genres of fiction and twist them around, making something fresh and, above all, fun. Dog person.
Writers’ rooms are where I want to be and collaboration is where I find my inspiration.
When I write a story, I start with the characters. That’s what makes stories worthwhile. I find that the visuals, the plot and the themes all come after that. One thing I find it hard to do is write a story based on genre. I think that makes it feel too narrow. I want to think of the world of the story so that if it makes sense for the characters, I can go between genres.
I have a passion for all kinds of fantasy, and shows that take our reality and add just enough magic and whimsy to make it interesting.
Dark and awkward comedy is my homeostasis. I love exploring the humour in the tragedies of human life, because well…someone has to.
Cinema is my greatest passion in life and I have always dreamt of seeing the stories I want to tell displayed on a big screen in front of a huge audience, who hopefully aren’t going to chuck rotten tomatoes at it once the credits have rolled.
I have always battled addiction – to boybands, to pizza and to buying diaries at the start of every year, knowing I will never open them again. The one addiction I never sought help for was storytelling, beginning with stories that always ended with “and then I woke up” as an eight year old. My resolutions have improved somewhat with age.
I’m a big comedy fan. I can speak English. I’ve never laughed. Save me from this hell I’m living.
For me, it’s all about creating interesting characters; if you have them, you have a world people will want to spend time in. It’s the characters that create the story.
I’m attracted to stories that offer a glimpse into the darker corners of the world. I have a particular fascination with horror and the macabre, as well as the perils of coming of age. Regardless of genre, the most important thing to me are well-rounded and relatable characters.
Liam loves TV. He loves the extended style of storytelling television allows and intends to work his way up the ranks of the American televison industry with the ultimate goal of working alongside TV-Giant Shonda Rhimes.
I’ve loved television since I was a kid and became obsessed with it after Dad took ours to the tip.
I would love to make audiences laugh and to cry with my storytelling, preferably when I mean them to.
I would like to write and produce entertaining programs that appeal to our ageing population.
I’ve always loved creating stories. Whether they were day dreams in my head, anthologies about a distant alien race
Stories about strong, complicated, interesting and funny women; this is what’s led me to screenwriting
As a comedian and storyteller I like to bring an element of humour to everything I write
I think plays and screenplays are the most interesting, varied and dynamic medium used to tell stories
Naomi wants nothing more than to write for the screen, be it television or film, but especially if it’s animation
Lauren is working towards becoming a leading writer/producer in the Australian television industry
Sombre vistas, narrow concerns, fripperies – anything to please, but always with attention to detail
An interest in the human condition and the irony at which life can sometimes play out, inspires me to make heartfelt films and television
If I can help someone and have a laugh with them along the way then I’ve achieved what I want in life
In movies, literature, theatre, art, music and poetry all come together to display a slice of life as it is or as it should be
I have had a great love for film ever since I was a kid and there’s nothing like writing the best screenplay you possibly can