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