I am a San Francisco-based screenwriter specializing in female-driven dramas.

My first name is Veialu (pronounced "Vey-ah-loo"), you can also call me Lulu.

I meditate.  

I plant trees for fun.

I have three university degrees. 

29 is the number of countries I've traveled to and 6 of them I've lived in.

A "punnet" is what you get strawberries in where I'm from.

Laughter is that thing that happens when I see a dog trying to run in tiny red stilettos.

I’ve watched more films and series than is probably medically advisable.

My homelands are New Zealand and Papua New Guinea (I am indigenous PNG).

I believe films are where we negotiate our humanity.  They connect us.

 

I've worked in the industry for 20 years, mainly in Australia and New Zealand as an award-winning promo (trailer) producer, director, and editor. I've also written and directed shorts and commercials.

The short film I directed, produced, wrote and illustrated, BLUE WILLOW, screened at the Berlin Film Festival and over 27 festivals worldwide.

To give you a sense of my style, I'd like to write: A United Kingdom (2016), A Fantastic Woman (2018), Hidden Figures (2016), The Favourite (2018), The Handmaid's Tale (series), Big Little Lies (series), Sami Blood (2017), Once Were Warriors (1994).

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The writer has a very strong voice and professional style.  I especially liked the writer's ability to put the audience into a superior position.

WAR DANCER, "Recommend" in coverage from ExtremeScreenwriting.com

 

WAR DANCER

INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS

NARRATIVE FEATURE

AVAILABLE

Inspired by true events, a 17-year-old girl, forced into an arranged marriage, secretly defies her family to be a dancer, falls in love, and must escape the Japanese invasion of Burma WWII.

REVIEWS

"Recommend" in script coverage from ExtremeScreenwriting.com,

Placed among Top 10% of all entries in the 2020 Academy Nicholl Fellowship,

8/10 evaluation on The Black List site (click on the link to read the evaluation).

BACKGROUND

While living in India, I heard true stories about my husband's family escaping persecution in Burma during WWII.

AVAILABLE

THE DEFIANT ONE

INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS

NARRATIVE FEATURE

IN DEVELOPMENT

Inspired by true events, on a Pacific Island colony, an indigenous girl must protect her adult brother from being executed by racist colonists.

REVIEWS

"Recommend" in script coverage from ExtremeScreenwriting.com,

Top 5 finalist in the New Zealand Writers Guild Seed Development Fund 2019, selected for 2nd Round of Sundance Development Track 2019.

 

BACKGROUND

I am a Papua New Guinean-New Zealand woman. Growing up, I heard stories about my Bubu (grandfather) fearing that his only-son would be killed for being with my mother, a white New Zealander.  I did some research and uncovered a shocking event in 1934.

 

This experience taught me the value of visual storytelling, the importance of teamwork, and how to be creative on-demand (often with very tight-deadlines!). 

 

Here are some examples of my work, from big-budget television campaigns in Australia to small nonprofit short films in India:

For 20 years, I was fortunate to learn about filmmaking and storytelling on the job by writing, producing, directing, and editing hundreds of network television promos, as well as making a bunch of short films and directing theater projects.

 

I also studied storytelling at university (three degrees in Scriptwriting, Theater Directing, and Communication Studies), and screenwriting at ScreenwritingU school.

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