Our Team of Consultants
Anne Brooksbank has written many episodes of major series Blue Heelers and Water Rats, and several feature films. She has won six AWGIES including Best Telefeature, 2000, for Marriage Acts. Her episode of Halifax fp was nominated for Best Script, 2001. She has been an assessor for the AFC and has lectured on screenwriting at Sydney University and UTS. She has seven published books, two adult and five young adult, most with Penguin Books. She has been an assessor and mentor in various roles, including for the AFC and Screen NSW, and currently teaches screenwriting at North Sydney TAFE. A feature script of hers, a thriller, 124 Degrees Fahrenheit, is slated for production by a US company in 2011-12.
David Caesar is one of Australia's best known writer-directors of feature films Dirty Deeds, Prime Mover, Mullet, Idiot Box, and documentaries Fences and Body Work. He has directed All Saints, Wildside, Water Rats, Halifax F.P., Bad Cop Bad Cop, Crashburn and Rush. Since being a participant in the FTO's Aurora 2004 Workshop, he has directed the mini-series RAN, and Dangerous and more recently he has directed episodes of Rush, Razor and Phryne Fisher and his own film Prime Mover which won the Queensland literary prize for best screenplay.
Andy Cox has worked as a screenwriter, script editor and script doctor in the UK, Europe, US and Australia. Recent credits include the features Lucky Country directed by Kriv Stenders and the ABC presentation Australia On Trial directed by Anna Kokkinos. He also works as a development consultant for the federal and state funding agencies and as an advisor and mentor for government and independent workshops including Equinox and Aurora. He is currently working on a number of commissioned feature projects with director Bruce Beresford, Kriv Stenders, Todd Fellman and Dean Francis.
Raymond Devitt is a writer, script consultant and script editor specialising in genre-based scripts . Ray has lectured in screenwriting at Macquarie University, UTS, Metro Screen and Sydney International Film School. His script Highway Toll won a place in the prestigious Aurora 2003 Workshops. He was script editor on the feature films Dirty Deeds and Animal Kingdom, and a script consultant on Wolf Creek and Crocodile Dreaming.
Anthony Egan is a versatile writer, script consultant and script editor who has worked in comedy, horror, sci-fi, thriller, action and genre hybrids. He was script editor of Masterpiece, a finalist in the 2005 Nichol Screenwriting Competition. Anthony has worked as a writer or script analyst with Fox-Icon /Fox-Searchlight, Beyond, Voyager Films, Vitascope, Cine-2000 (Korea), China Entertainment (HK) and many others. In 2007 he produced the sci-fi comedy Mortal Fools. In 2009 he co-wrote the horror feature film Needle, which has sold to 70 territories, and is currently developing Saviour for director Sandra Sciberras.
Claire Haywood is a writer, director and producer whose TV credits include drama - McLeods Daughters - and documentary programs for commercial networks, SBS and Foxtel. Her writing/producing credits include the series Kalgoorlie Cops for Foxtel, and Taxi School for SBS. She has worked as a writer in the development of TV drama series for Southern Star, Granada Television and Matt Carroll Films and has been a co-writer on a number of optioned feature films in Australia and New Zealand. Her area of expertise is character-based comedy and documentary series. Claire has been a script assessor for twenty years for Fox Australia, the NZ Film Commission, Arena Television, Screen NSW and Screen Tasmania. She is currently working as a Series Producer for Eyeworks Australia on two documentary series for Foxtel.
John Lonie is head of Screenwriting at AFTRS, Queensland. His TV writing credits include True Believers, The Paper Man, GP, Police Rescue. John co-wrote Kokoda, which screened Australia-wide in 2006. His script The Savage Garden is in development. Script editing credits include Ivan Sen's Beneath Clouds, Alison Tilson's Japanese Story, Axefall by Lynne Vincent McCarthy, (selected for 2002 Aurora Workshop), and Cannes Prix d'Or winner Laurie McInnes' Dogwatch.
Melissa Lucashenko is a highly regarded script editor and script consultant who has assessed over two hundred scripts for the NSW Film and Television Office, the AFC and Screen Tasmania. She has assessed many features (including Jindabyne), and also TV series (Lockie Leonard) and documentaries (The First Australians; The Colony). A much-awarded Indigenous writer and former judge of the David Unaipon Award, Melissa is currently a judge of the State Library of Queensland Black and Write Award. Her novels have been critically acclaimed both in Australia and abroad. See www.melissalucashenko.com.
John O'Grady is a comedy specialist who has worked as writer, script editor, developer and producer. He was Executive Producer of ABC TV Comedy from 1979 to 1997. His many credits include Mother & Son, for which he was script editor and Executive Producer. His programs have sold to more than 30 countries. John has won 4 AWGIE Awards for Best Comedy script, the AWG's 2006 Fred Parsons Award for Comedy, and wrote Reg Grundy's biography, which was published to enthusiastic reviews in 2010.
Larry Orkin is a Sydney based writer and script consultant who recently returned to Sydney after spending two years in script development in London. Whilst there he analysed scripts for BBC Films, Momentum Pictures, Mammoth Screen, BAFTA Rocliffe, Channel 4, the London Screenwriters Festival, was a screenwriting mentor at the London Film School, was in development with Stephen Fry’s Sprout Pictures and was a storyliner on Hollyoaks at Lime Pictures. Prior to that he completed a development attachment with Lionsgate in LA. A graduate of AFTRS and NIDA he also participated in Screen Australia's Script Factory Developers Initiative.
Nick Parsons wrote and directed the feature film Dead Heart, two short films and Saviour, a half-hour episode of the 2006 series Two Twisted, and over a dozen plays. Nick has script edited or consulted on the feature films Clubland, Candy, Caterpillar Wish, Newcastle, Cedar Boys and The King. He is currently writing a commissioned screenplay, Homecoming, and one of his episodes for ABC children's series My Place, has just been nominated for an AWGIE Award.
Ian Pringle was a producer on cutting-edge independent films Romper Stomper, Lover Boy, Celia, The Tale Of Ruby Rose and the writer/director of The Plains of Heaven, Wrong World, Prisoner of St Petersburg and director of Isabelle Eberhardt. "The Prisoner of St.Petersburg" and "Isabelle Eberhardt" were the first co-productions between Germany and France. As a script consultant for international production companies and Australian funding bodies Ian helped develop many scripts and he continues to consult on international co-productions. He now has two optioned feature screenplays in development and lectures in scriptwriting at RMIT in Melbourne.
Scott Roberts’s first produced screenplay was The American Way starring Dennis Hopper in 1984. He spent 15 years in London and LA as a screenwriter, with credits including K2 for Paramount, major TV mini-series Shadow of the Cobra for Ben Gannon/BBC and screenplays for GRANADA, ITV and the BBC. Back in Australia, he wrote and directed The Hard Word, starring Guy Pearce & Rachel Griffiths, released to critical acclaim in 2003. He is developing several TV and feature projects including Waltzing Matilda, now in financing. Scott has done hundreds of script assessments and editing assignments for the AFC, FFC, NSW FTO and Script Central. Completed films such as The Independent and Blame acknowledge his contribution. Scott has taught several screenwriting and filmmaking workshops, including The Byron Bay Writers’ Festival 2002 and the Maleny Screenwriter in Residence Program 2008.
Billy Marshall Stoneking is a writer/producer, script editor and mentor. His credits include the forthcoming feature, Seeing the Elephant and the acclaimed ABC TV series Stringer. Other credits include Paramount TV's Mission: Impossible, and the critically acclaimed play Sixteen Words For Water. He has written/produced several documentary films about the years he spent living with tribal Aboriginal people. His script editing credits include Chopper, The Magician, Richard and Two with Maya Newell and Aboriginal filmmaker Darlene Johnson's Crocodile Dreaming. Billy has taught Screenwriting at AFTRS, The International Film School, Sydney and the Syndey Film School and runs numerous scriptwriting workshops and seminars. See www.wheresthedrama.com.
Chryssy Tintner is a screenwriter, development executive, script editor and script assessor. Following her Master of Film Arts (Motion Picture) at USC, Chryssy worked in LA, Europe and Australia, with the William Morris Agency, Thompson Street Pictures at 20th Century Fox, Rosebank Films, Octagon/World 2000 at Ardmore Studios in Ireland, and freelance work with over 200 production companies. Chryssy is now writing two screenplays on commission and has done many script assessments for Screen Australia, state film funding bodies and the Australian Writers Guild.
Greg Woodland has been a script developer and consultant for all Australian film funding bodies, the NZFC and the AWG since 2000. He is also Director of www.scriptcentral.com.au As a writer/director Greg’s films and documentaries have screened nationally and internationally at over 60 film festivals & numerous TV stations. His screenplay The Whistler has won several script competitions including the Inscription Open Script award and a Varuna Writers Fellowship and was developed through the AFC’s Spark Script Program. His first novel, Pangs was shortlisted for the Penguin Varuna Fellowships and the Harper Collins Award. An award-winning filmmaker, Greg has been a judge or panellist for several film festivals including Sydney Film Festival and the Australian Writers Guild AWGIE Awards. He has taught Scriptwriting at UTS, NIDA, Metro Screen and other Sydney film schools. His script editing credits comprise produced feature scripts including ‘The Bet’, ‘Needle’, ‘Cold Turkey’ and several Project Greenlight and Monte Miller Award finalists. His commissioned treatment for 'Uninvited' is currently being developed by a Hollywood production company, and he has recently finished a commissioned feature script, 'The Butterfly Incident'.