UPDATE [15 October 2018]:

Due to changes to the Best Medicine Script Development Lab, we are now able to pay the regional screenwriters selected for this opportunity a total of $4,500 (excluding GST) for their involvement in the 4.5 days brainstorming session.
A total of 5 regional screenwriters from across regional Australia will be selected. Applications close 11.59pm (AEDST), Tuesday 16 October 2018.

Calling all regional screen writers

Would you like to be part of a script development lab with one of Australia’s top TV drama production companies?

Applications are now open & close on 16 Oct 2018.

Screenworks in partnership with Matchbox Pictures and the support of Screen Australia and Create NSW are proud to be delivering the Best Medicine Script Development Lab – a five-day script development lab that will be held in Lismore NSW from 12 November – 16 November 2018 with the internationally acclaimed writer Holly Phillips as one of the development consultants.

UK based Holly Phillips will travel to Australia to join forces with Matchbox Pictures Scripted Development team to deliver the workshop that will develop the new TV series Best Medicine.

A total of five early-career regionally-based writers will be selected to travel to Lismore to participate in the Best Medicine Script Development Lab with travel and accommodation expenses covered throughout the development lab.

Applicants need to have some experience in script writing and a letter of support from a screen industry professional and must be living in regional Australia as defined on Screenworks website.  They must also be available to travel to Lismore in November to be a part of the workshop.

Best Medicine is an original concept written by Tim Williams
Deadline for application is 11.59pm (AEDST), Tuesday Oct 16


When an out of work actor finds himself performing as a Clown Doctor in a teenage cancer ward, his life takes on unexpected new meaning through a ward of complex teenage patients.


Matchbox Pictures is a film and television production company that makes world-class screen content for a global audience. Matchbox produces a diverse slate of programming across television drama, children’s, factual & entertainment, animation and feature films.

Matchbox is one of the most dynamic and innovative production houses in Australia. Since its inception in 2008, Matchbox has enjoyed continued domestic and international acclaim as a result of telling stories that inspire and entertain and has been awarded Media Production Business of the Year three times by the Screen Producer’s of Australia Association.


Holly specialises in Teen and Young Adult drama, she is lead writer and creator of Young Adult series The Athena, starring Ella Balinska for Sky due to air in 2019. She is also lead writer and creator on teen series Get Even for BBC/NETFLIX, adapted from the novel Get Even by Gretchen McNeil, due to film in 2019.

Previous credits include story editor and writer on Dance Academy 2 which (among others) won a Logie and an AWGIE. Holly also wrote and created the original series Nearly Famous for E4 and was one of a team of writers on the BAFTA nominated Sugar Rush for Channel 4. She’s also written episodes of Dead Gorgeous for ABC/CBBC and The 4 O’clock Club, Hank Zipzer, Millie Inbetween, So Awkward, Eve and The Secret Life Of Boys for CBBC. As well as Robin Hood for BBC One, teen series The Lodge for Disney and Scandi Noir Trapped for ZDF/BBC4, due to air winter 2018.


Screenworks & Matchbox Pictures’ Best Medicine Script Development Lab is being supported by Screen Australia’s Enterprise Funding and the assistance of Create NSW’s Early Development Funding.

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