SCREEN
WRITER
TV
CREATIVE
SHORT FILM
DIRECTOR

I specialize in female protagonists.

My genres are drama, historical, coming of age.

I'm passionate about contributing to more complex minority storytelling.

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SAN FRANCISCO

/ SYDNEY

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Hello!  Kia ora!

 

My name is Veialu Aila-Unsworth.

Veialu is pronounced "Vay-ah-loo".  (AKA Lulu)

I'm a screenwriter, TV creative promotions producer, editor and director.

My career spans 20 years in New Zealand, Australia, India and recently, the USA.

I drink decaf coffee.  

I have three degrees.  

I plant trees for fun.

When I'm not writing, I love to travel. 

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

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

I'm based in San Francisco but my homelands are Papua New Guinea and New Zealand.

I try to write in a way that scares me a little (and I don't mean I write on a tight-rope over a sea of killer ants).  I'm currently developing two feature films The Defiant One and Journey To Freedom.

To get in touch, email me at lulu@lululovestv.com or connect with me on Linkedin.

SCRIPTS IN DEVELOPMENT

FAMILY

HISTORICAL

HISTORICAL

MY SPECIALTY

Drama with strong female protagonists.

MY GENRES

Drama, Historical, True Stories, Indigenous

WHAT TO EXPECT

Expect complex female protagonists (both young and old) on the brink of a life-changing experience.  They will endure journeys that are unusual, tragic, uplifting and transformative.

 

Expect dramatic stories that are emotional, personal, a bit exotic, a little supernatural, empowering, and historical.  Expect stories set in unusual locations, during significant moments in history.

WORK WITH ME

If you're looking for someone with a fresh voice, a good pair of listening ears and top notch writing skills, you've come to the right place. 

 

Not sure?  Let's talk about it!  If you have a project in mind and you’d rather talk it out, I’m happy to chat.  Email me at lulu@lululovestv.com or connect with me on Linkedin.

MY SCREENWRITING JOURNEY

I was commissioned to co-write the Indian historical drama, Route 68, an independent feature film in development.  The short film I wrote, directed and produced, Blue Willow, screened at the Berlin Film Festival and 26+ festivals in 11 countries.

Screenwriting is a natural progression for me, after working in television for 15 years as well as making a bunch of independent short films and theatre shows. 

I care deeply about understanding the human heart, how people connect, and why people hurt each other.  I like to write stories about injustice, history, true events, family dysfunction, and love.  

 

Most of all, I'm passionate about contributing to more complex minority storytelling because growing up I never saw films about women of colour like myself.  I feel part of a worldwide movement to end inequality by telling powerful stories.

 
 
FILM REEL
AWARD-WINNING SHORT FILM

Title:  Blue Willow

Credit: Producer, Writer, Director, Illustrator

Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy

Duration: 14 mins 30sec (35mm)

Technical Specs: 35mm, 1:1.85, Colour, 2D Animation

With help from:  New Zealand Film Commission, Creative New Zealand

BLUE WILLOW is my award-winning animated short film that screened in over 26 film festivals in 11 countries, including the Berlin Film Festival.  It is an animated proverb that takes you into the heart of a porcelain plate, bringing the blue lines to life and weaving a haunting story of love and family betrayal. 

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GALLERY

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INSPIRATION

Film talks from around the world, inspiring me right now!

San Francisco, USA / Sydney, Australia

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