Belinda Chayko






Belinda Chayko is a writer and director for film and television.

Her second feature film, Lou, starring John Hurt, has screened and sold internationally.

The first feature film she directed, City Loop, was selected to screen in the Discovery program of the Toronto International Film Festival and a number of other festivals.

She is also the writer of the SBS telemovie, Saved, starring Claudia Karvan, for which she won an Australian Writers Guild Award (AWGIE) in 2009.

She was one of the key writers on the ABC series Old School, starring Sam Neill and Bryan Brown, broadcast in 2014. She is currently working on a number of TV series.

Belinda has written and directed several short films, including Swimming and Small Confessions, which have been recognised with festival and theatrical screenings and awards. Her episode of the SBS series Under the Skin, Grandma’s Teeth, was nominated for two AFI awards – Best Series/Telefeature and Best Achievement in Direction

Belinda is also a script editor and assessor. She was the editorial manager for the script development of the ABC television series Fireflies and worked as a development producer for Matchbox Pictures from 2011 to 2012, developing pitching material for broadcasters.

Belinda has taught screenwriting at the University of Technology, Sydney, and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, among others.

She is a graduate of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, with a BA in Screenwriting, and an MA (Honours) from the University of Western Sydney.

Production Credits

2012 THE CARRIER Feature in development
Writer Producer: Michael McMahon
Matchbox Pictures

2010 LOU Feature Film
Writer/Director/Producer Producers: Tony Ayres, Helen Bowden, Michael McMahon
Matchbox Pictures

2011 Grand Jury Prize Winner, St Tropez International Film Festival
2011 Official Selection, St Tropez International Film Festival
2011 Official Selection Festival du Film de Femmes de Creteil, France
2011 Official Selection, Palm Springs International Film Festival
2010 Official Selection, Rome Film Festival

2000 CITY LOOP Feature Film
Director Producer: Bruce Redman
Red Movies/NHK

2000 A WRECK, A TANGLE Feature Film
Script Editor Producer: Nikki Roller
Rectango Pty Ltd

1991 SWIMMING Short Film

1990 Winner Grand Prix Award, Melbourne International Film Festival


Writer Producers: Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger
EveryCloud Productions for ABC

2014OLD SCHOOL Television Series
Writer Producers: Penny Chapman,
Helen Panckhurst
Matchbox Pictures/ABC TV

2014THE GODS OF WHEAT STREET Television Series
Script Editor Producer: Lois Randall
Every Cloud Productions/ABC TV

2009 SAVED Telefeature
Writer Director: Tony Ayres
Producer: Michael McMahon
Big & Little Films/SBS

2008 MAVERICK MOTHER Documentary
Script Editor Producer: Janet Merewether
Screen Culture/SBS

2004 FIREFLIES Television Series
Editorial Manager (ABC) Producers: John Edwards, Prue
Southern Star/ABC TV


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