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 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).
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
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.