Vale Billy Marshall Stoneking 1947 – 2016,
dramatist, screenwriter, teacher, inspirer, showman, poet.
“There are all the things people believe are the truth, and then there’s the truth.”
Billy was a big engaging presence in any room of writers and would-be writers. A brilliant writer and an entertaining and charismatic teacher as quick to support and inspire originality and talent as he was to dismiss mediocrity and cliché, Billy was one of Script Central’s six founding consultants. We were lucky to have him, as he was fond of telling us. And he will be sadly missed
Our expert script consultants have a wealth of experience and skill between them, and they provide a full range of script services at affordable rates.
Anne Brooksbank has written many episodes of major series Blue Heelers and Water Rats, and several feature films. She has won six AWGIE Awards including Best Telefeature, 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 AFTRS Online. Her feature script, the thriller, Heatstroke, was produced by US company, Bold Productions in 2013.
David Caesar is one of Australia's best known writer-directors of feature films Dirty Deeds, Mullet, Idiot Box, Prime Mover, and documentaries Fences and Body Work. He has directed Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, All Saints, Wildside, Water Rats, Halifax F.P., and Bad Cop Bad Cop. David has directed the mini-series RAN, Underbelly: Razor, and Squizzie Taylor and co-written/directed the mini-series Dangerous and Power Games: Packer and Murdoch, Nowhere Boys, as well as writing script commissions such as ‘Wild Men of Coober Pedy’.
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 genre writer, script consultant and script editor who has worked in comedy, horror, sci-fi, thriller, action and genre hybrids. He has script edited many genre films including 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 sold to 70 territories. He is currently developing Dark Roads for Aussie genre veteran Jamie Blanks and was recently a semi-finalist in the Blue Cat US screenwriting competition.
Claire Haywood is a writer, director and producer whose TV credits include drama -McLeods Daughters - and factual entertainment programs for the commercial networks, SBS and Foxtel. Her writing/producing credits include the series Kalgoorlie Cops for Foxtel, Kings Cross ER and Taxi School for SBS. She has worked as a writer in the development of television 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. Claire has been a script assessor for twenty years and has taught screenwriting for NIDA’s Open Program. She has assessed scripts for Fox Australia, the New Zealand Film Commission and Arena Television. Claire won a Logie award for series 2 of Kings Cross ER, produced the observational doco series Crash Test Mummies and Daddies for the ABC, and was an Executive Producer on the series Coast Cops for Eyeworks and Storm Season for Deluxe broadcast on the Ten Network. She is currently producing The Pink House - an independent Screen Australia funded feature documentary and developing a drama slate for her company Wonderland Productions.
Melissa Lucashenko is an author of six novels including the highly-acclaimed Mullumbimby which won the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award as well as an experienced script editor and script consultant who has assessed over two hundred scripts for Screen NSW, Screen Australia and Screen Tasmania. She has assessed many features (including Jindabyne), 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.
Gordon Napier, comedy specialist is the writer/director of the feature film Hannah and the Hasbians. He has won over $100,000 in prizes and awards for his comedy and horror scripts from institutions such as the Australian Writer’s Guild and the Victorian and Tasmanian Cinematographer’s Guild. He has written and directed episodes of the sitcom Fix Her Up and has had various roles on several other TV shows. He is a specialist on Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey and has written numerous articles on its use in feature films.
Larry Orkin is a Sydney based writer and script consultant. He recently assessed scripts for Film London’s Microwave initiative and worked in Development and Acquisitions at Icon Films. He spent two years in London where 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 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 Australian feature films Clubland, Candy, Caterpillar Wish, Newcastle, Cedar Boys and The King and recently wrote a commissioned screenplay, Homecoming. One of his episodes for ABC children's series My Place, won an AWGIE Award. The series won a Logie Award. In 2012 he won an AWGIE Award for best TV Drama Series, and also a Deadly Award for The Straits.
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 Australian co-productions with Germany and France. In 2014 his film ‘The Legend Maker’ premiered at Melbourne Film Festival. He is currently in financing for his new film In Jerusalem. 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 also 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 in 2003. 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 Byron Bay Writers’ Festival 2002 and the Maleny Screenwriter in Residence Program 2008. In 2011 he co-wrote the syllabus for the Australian Writers Guild Script Assessment Training Program, teaching Structure for the initial course.
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. Back in Australia, Chryssy is now writing two screenplays on commission and has done many script assessments for Screen Australia, state film funding bodies, the Australian Writers Guild and Script Central.
Alex Weight has worked in 3D Animation and VFX for the last 18 years at companies like Rising Sun as a Senior Animator on George of the Jungle 2, and Animal Logic for the Oscar-winning Happy Feet as Lead Animator. Following the success of Happy Feet, Alex was invited to mentor the graduating students in Media Studies at AFTRS School. He joined Animal Logic again as Animation Supervisor on Zack Snyder’s Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole. He then moved to Flying Bark to work on the TV series The Woodlies as Animation Director, also working with the writers for Blinky Bill before heading up the project as Director. Last year Alex directed a short horror film called Prank, which screened at over 13 international festivals. Currently Alex has been working for an Animation company in China as script consultant, then writer and director of the features Frog Kingdom 3 & Frog Kingdom 4.
Greg Woodland is founder/director of www.scriptcentral.com.au He has been a script developer, script editor and consultant since 1998 for all Australian film funding bodies, the NZFC and Australian Writers Guild. As a writer/director Greg’s films and documentaries screened nationally and internationally at over 60 film festivals & numerous TV stations. His screenplay The Whistler won several script competitions including the Inscription Open Script award and a Varuna Writers Fellowship. His first novel Pangs won two Varuna Fellowships and is now with an agent and being considered by publishers. An award-winning filmmaker, Greg has been a judge or panellist for several film festivals including Sydney Film Festival and the AWGIE Awards. He has taught Scriptwriting at University of Technology Sydney, AFTRS Online, NIDA and other Sydney film schools. His script editing credits comprise produced feature scripts including The Bet, Needle, Cold Turkey and Don’t Tell slated for production in early 2016. His commissioned feature script PC My Arse, co-written with Sharyn Fewster, and another script Shark Beach, co-written with Max Richards, have just been optioned by Australian production companies.