Charlie de Salis
Charlie is a screenwriter, script consultant, script editor, director and producer. His screen credits include feature films, television drama, short films, documentaries and commercials.
Based in New Zealand from 1989 to 2000, Charlie wrote and directed three New Zealand produced short films - Secrets, A Moment Passing, and Flying. A Moment Passing has screened at numerous international film festivals, including Venice (in Competition), Cannes (Special Program), and Melbourne, winning Jury Awards at Dresden and New York. A Moment Passing also toured Italy as part of the Highlights of the Venice Film Festival program. Flying has screened at the Hawaii, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch International Film Festivals, at the Sydney Flickerfest and the Madrid Experimental Short Film Festival, and at the Giffoni, Montreal, and Hyperbad International Children’s Film Festivals. Flying and A Moment Passing were Best Short Film category finalists in successive New Zealand Film Awards. Both films have sold extensively to international television and between them have screened at more than 26 international film festivals.
Charlie also worked as a writer/director on the award winning New Zealand drama series True Life Stories, and has written two short features for New Zealand television - Highwater (sole story and screenplay credit) and Money For Jam (co-writer and script editor, uncredited at his request). He has written and directed two documentaries for New Zealand television, High Hopes and A Load Of Rubbish.
Charlie first wrote and produced, then subsequently directed commercials freelance before establishing his own production company, Nomad Films Ltd, specialising in promotional and training films for New Zealand corporations. His clients included ZESPRI International (the NZ Kiwifruit industry marketing organisation), Nobilo Wines, Air New Zealand, the New Zealand Navy, Telecom and Wella. He was a key creative on global brand launches for ZESPRI International and Nobilo Wines.
Returning to Australia in 2000, he stepped away from corporate and commercial work to focus on developing feature drama and documentary projects, as well as being diversifying his industry involvement. He delivered nine short films as Supervising Producer for Queensland screen organisation QPIX between 2004 and 2006. He has lectured at the Centre for Film and Television at Bond University and has lectured in screenwriting and documentary production at the SAE film schools in Brisbane and Byron Bay.
Supported by Screen Australia funding, Charlie has undertaken extensive training as a script developer through the 6 day residential Arista Script Development (2008) and the Script Factory (2011) workshops. In October 2012, Charlie completed Wrestling the Redraft, the Script Factory’s script editing master class, with funding from Screen Australia. He is a script assessor for drama and documentary projects for Screen Queensland and Screen Tasmania (for whom he also acts as an external project officer).
Charlie has worked as a script and story consultant on three features for Limelight International – Undertow, Bad Karma and Deception – and one unproduced project, The Last Promise. He was script editor on the telemovie Cliffy, which screened on the ABC in 2013. His feature own film project Splendour - aka Mary, Joe & Jesus de Livers, with director Kate Woods (Looking for Alibrandi, Without A Trace) – has been developed with funding from the AFC/Screen Australia, though the project is currently in developmental hibernation, the writer having parted company with the projects original producer.
In 2011, Charlie wrote Cathy Henkel’s feature documentary Show Me The Magic, the life story of iconic Australian cinematographer Don McAlpine, with funding from Screen Australia and Screen Queensland. Show Me The Magic premiered at the Brisbane International Film Festival in November 2012. In 2013 Charlie wrote the 3D Imax feature documentary, Last of the Great Apes.
His current projects (as writer and producer, and - at times - director) include a documentary series, Whale Rescue Tasmania with Roar Film and Wild Fury (development funding from Screen Tasmania and Screen Queensland), and a medical adventure documentary series with Wild Fury.
In the screen fiction arena, Charlie is currently developing two original feature projects and a high-end television drama series, the latter in collaboration with Melbourne screenwriter, Roger Monk. He is script editing Roger Monk’s feature, Romeo and Cheryl, in development with funding from Film Victoria, and consults regularly for feature production company Aristos Films as a story consultant and script editor.
Charlie is writing an authorised biography of Don McAlpine while also attempting to finish his first novel, currently at 6th draft and progressing with the forward momentum of a melting glacier. He lectures in Screenwriting at Southern Cross University, and is a regular guest lecturer at the Bond University Centre for Screen Media.
Selection of A Moment Passing for competition at the Venice International Film Festival, and subsequently for the Cannes Film Festival as a Special Category selection
Jury Awards for A Moment Passing at the Dresden and New York short film festivals
A Moment Passing and Flying Best Short Film finalists in successive New Zealand FIlm Awards
Show Me The Magic premiering at the Brisbane International Film Festival
Selection of Flying for Flickerfest.
Secrets (1994, short film, writer/director)
The Bruce Wilson Story (1994, half hour tv play, writer/director)
A Moment Passing (1997, short film, writer/director)
Flying (1998, short film, writer/director)
Highwater (1997, one hour tv play, writer)
Money for Jam (1999, one hour tv play, co-writer)
Undertow (2012, feature, script consultant)
Bad Karma (2012, feature, script consultant)
Deception (2012, feature, script consultant)
Cliffy (2013, telemovie, script editor)
High Hopes (1994, one hour documentary, writer-director)
A Load of Rubbish (1994, one hour documentary, writer-director)
Show Me The Magic (2012, feature documentary, writer)
Last of the Great Apes (2013, IMAX feature documentary, co-writer)
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