Each episode I sit down with some of Australia's best screenwriters to to discuss the industry, their craft, their career and even the nuts and bolts of their writing process.
75: Libby Butler & Lewis Mulholland (Loving Captivity)
Libby Butler (Neighbours and Erinsbrough High) and newcomer lewis Mulholland chat about their web series "Loving Captivity", which they wrote, funded and produced whilst living through the Melbourne lockdowns.
We chat about their writing process, how rom-coms influenced them and how they're doing during the second Melbourne lockdown.
You can watch the series for free via Youtube...
74: Caden Pearson (Emerging star writer and director)
Caden is an early-career Indigenous screenwriter, director, and producer from Cairns in Far North Queensland, Australia. He proudly got his start writing for The Epoch Times Australia during the Beijing Olympics in 2008. In his current lifetime his family is from the Bagarrmugu and Kuku Yalanji clans from Far North Queensland, with Scottish, French and Irish heritage as well.
In 2020, Caden produced, wrote, and directed a half-hour documentary in association with Australian public broadcaster NITV.
I bumped into Caden at Content London last year and was lucky to get to know this talented emerging screenwriter with an incredible story to tell.
73: Roger Simpson (Halifax: Retribution)
Roger Simpson is a giant of Australian drama and shouldn't need an introduction! If you've watched Aussie drama, you've seen one of his shows.
In this ep he chats about the resurrection of a very popular series of tele films, that first from 1994 to 2002, Halifax FP. Breaking with tradition though, Halifax is now an 8-part series.
Roger goes talks about the development of the series, his long and incredible career and imparts some TV wisdom.
72: Content London - Elizabeth Kilgarriff (Firebird Pictures)
As Commissioning Editor for Drama in England and Scotland, Elizabeth Kilgarriff commissioned projects like Bodyguard, Poldark and Luther to name just a few of her hits. But now she's branched out and heads up her own production company, Firebird Pictures.
I spoke to her during Content London about why she left the BBC, her process in developing and staffing new shows, opportunities for Australian writers and much more.
71: Micharne Cloughley (Law & Order: SVU)
This episode is another story of Aussie writer made good overseas.
I first met Micharne whilst working on Celebrity Apprentice a few years ago and now she's on the writing staff of Law & Order: SVU, the longest running US live-action series on television. How cool is that?!
We talk about how she made it on to the show, why we shouldn't be too anxious when work gets in the way of writing and we get to hear some great insights into the writers room of SVU.
70: Carly Heaton (Foxtel Executive in Charge of Drama Production)
This is the third in my series of interviews from the recent Content London Drama Summit.
Carly Heaton is Executive in charge of Drama Production at Australia's cable TV broadcaster, Foxtel. In this quick episode, we talk about what sorts of shows Foxtel are looking for, the benefits of Content London and how to pitch to them, among a few more.
Fantastic Resource for Aussie Writers
Duncan is a great interviewer, and really the only one out there shining a spotlight on the Australian writing industry and its established and up-and-coming professionals. If you want to be a writer, or just have an interest in the industry, you will come away with some gems of wisdom from every single episode. Keep up the amazing work!