Writing for the Screen: Where Do Our Screen Stories Come From?

Hadley's Orient Hotel 17 September, 2017 13:30 - 14:30

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Vicki Madden
Benjamin Law
Melanie Tait
David Gurney

Film and television are powerful storytelling platforms. So what is so compelling about seeing our own stories and those from other worlds, reflected to us from the screen, and where does the inspiration for these stories come from?

Vicki Madden is a screenwriter, story producer and showrunner with more than 20 years experience in film and television. She has worked internationally with a variety of broadcasters, including ITV in the UK, RTE in Ireland and Network Nine in Australia, where she also worked as a script executive (New Drama) between 1997 and 1999. Her production company, Sweet Potato Films, most recently produced The Kettering Incident, which premiered in July 2016 on Foxtel (AUS) to rave reviews. Vicki is currently developing a number of television and film projects through Sweet Potato Films, and also lectures in screenwriting at the Australian Film Television and Radio School.

Benjamin Law is a television screenwriter, feature journalist and newspaper columnist. His books, The Family Law, and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East, were both nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards. The Family Law, now in its fourth reprint, is also a major SBS television series, created by Benjamin.

David Gurney has executive produced and directed 17 television series, a feature length telemovie, and numerous short films for Blue Rocket, a company he co-founded in 1999. He has also created and developed several television series for other production companies, worked as a writer, and as creative director of numerous award winning interactive productions. He was a board member of The Australian Script Centre for six years and holds a Masters in Screen Arts and Business from The Australian Film Television and Radio School.

Melanie Tait is an Australian broadcaster, writer, and playwright. She has been writing since she could pick up a pencil, and her work includes Fat Chance: My Big Fat Gastric Band Adventure (2010) and the comedy play The Vegemite Tales, which was staged in London from 2001–2007, including two years on the West End.


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