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Screenworks | Calling Regional Writers: 5 Places Available in Script Development Lab

If you’re living in regional, rural or remote Australia and want to write for television there aren’t many opportunities specifically designed to showcase your talent – until now.
 
Screenworks and Matchbox Pictures with the support of Screen Australia’s Enterprise Ideas funding program and Create NSW Early Development Funding are offering unique opportunities for five regional screenwriters to be part of a five-day script lab to develop the new TV series – Best Medicine. The script lab will be held in Lismore from November 12 – 16 and led by the internationally acclaimed writer Holly Phillips (Millie In Between) and the Script Development Team from Matchbox Pictures (Nowhere Boys).
 
By creating this opportunity, Screenworks and Matchbox Pictures want to uncover new voices living outside the major production cities in Australia and to bring unique and authentic perspectives to the TV series Best Medicine.
 
Screenworks CEO Ken Crouch explained, “as the regional film office, Screenworks is a conduit between regional voices and Australia’s major production companies. We’re looking forward to working with Matchbox Pictures to uncover talented new writers who can contribute to creating quality and diverse stories for national and international screens and to creating new career pathways for those living outside the main production hubs.”
 
Matchbox Pictures is renowned for producing world-class screen content for global audiences, creating a diverse slate of programming across television drama, children’s, factual and entertainment, animation and feature films.
 
“Matchbox prides itself on quality storytelling through a diversity of voices. Partnering with Screenworks to tap into Australia’s under-represented regions provides a rich opportunity to harness the creative power of fresh and distinctive writing talent,” said Matt Vitins, acting Managing Director of Matchbox Pictures.
 
Five early-career regionally-based writers will be selected for the Best Medicine Script Development Lab. To be considered, applicants must be able to demonstrate some experience in script writing and be living in regional, rural or remote Australia. Applicants also need to be available to travel to Lismore in November (travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by Screenworks).
 
Applications are now open and will close at midnight on Tuesday 16 October.
 
Best Medicine
is an original concept written by Tim Williams that revolves around an out of work actor who finds himself performing as a Clown Doctor in a teenage cancer ward. His life takes on unexpected new meaning as a result of his time spent with a ward of complex teenage patients.
 
To apply visit www.screenworks.com.au.
 
Screenworks & Matchbox Pictures’ Best Medicine Script Development Lab is supported by Screen Australia’s Enterprise Ideas funding program with the assistance of Create NSW’s Early Development Funding.