SCRIPTS IN DEVELOPMENT
Dianne Wolfer’s novel The Shark Caller, set in Papua New Guinea, has been optioned by Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions, a New Zealand production company. The producers are Kerry Warkia and Kiel McNaughton.
The director for the feature film will be Veialu Aila-Unsworth.
An original screenplay inspired by a true story.
Sometimes armies and guns start revolutions, other times it’s the courage of a 12-year-old girl.
(PHOTO BY ERIC LAFFORGUE)
JOURNEY TO FREEDOM
An original screenplay inspired by true events.
While living in India, I heard stories about people escaping persecution in Burma during WW2. These stories inspired this screenplay.
Drama with strong female protagonists.
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.
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.
I believe films are where we negotiate our humanity. They connect us. I think great films help us to understand those feelings we often find hard to define within ourselves. When we connect with those feelings onscreen, it's magic!
I love films by Pedro Almodovar, Steven Spielberg, Wong Kar-wai, Amma Asante.
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.
Feature Script Competition
Genre Feature Screenplay
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.
"Recommend" from ExtremeScreenwriting.com - WAR DANCER
This story exposes a very talented writer with a strong and clear story to tell.
New Zealand Writers Guild - THE DEFIANT ONE
Epic in scope and intimate in emotion, “War Dancer” is an exhilarating story of romance, defiance, and dance. 8/10
The Black List Reader (blcklst.com)
What a great piece! This was truly a pleasure to read. From structure, character development, world-building, dialogue – everything worked together effortlessly to immerse the reader in this sweeping war time romance.