In partnership with the Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG)
Screenworks is pleased to be hosting four successful professional screenwriters from around regional Australia who will be discussing their craft, their career pathways and what it takes to succeed in the competitive world of writing for film and TV.
Our highly experienced guest speakers, all of whom are regionally based, will talk about their latest and recent works, covering a wide range of genres and screenwriting craft areas including the following:
· Authentic storytelling
· Creating believable characters and worlds
· Research for screenwriting
· The experience of the writer’s room
· Looking for writing work / sustaining a career in the industry
· Collaborating with other writers, producers and directors
Facilitated by Susie Hamilton, Professional Development Manager at the Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG), these sessions will be delivered online via Zoom. Each will be up to 90 minutes long, including plenty of opportunities for online attendees to ask our speakers questions.
KODIE BEDFORD – Writer/ Co-Founder of Cope ST Collective
Kodie was born in Western Australia, with strong family ties to the East Kimberley. She graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Communications and gained her Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Most recently, Kodie wrote for the critically acclaimed ABC drama series Mystery Road starring Aaron Pederson and Judy Davis and an episode of the Logie Award-nominated NITV/ABC ME children’s series Grace Beside Me. Kodie is currently working on a feature film which has received funding from Screen Australia, and several television series. She made her directorial debut with a short horror film, Scout, which she wrote as part of Screen Australia’s Shock Horror program. Kodie received the Balnaves Fellowship for 2019 to develop her own play with Belvoir Theatre, Cursed! which is set to be staged for the Belvoir Theatre 2020 season.
Kodie started as a cadet journalist for SBS in 2008 and then moved to the ABC as a researcher for documentary series Message Stick. After leaving the ABC in 2015, Kodie has worked as a freelance writer and co-founded Indigenous arts group Cope ST Collective. Her credits include her short film Last Drinks at Frida’s which was selected for the Sydney Film Festival, Flickerfest and ImagineNative in Toronto.