In Conversation with Kristen Dunphy and Sam Meikle (Wakefield)

7 April, 2021 7:00 PM - 7 April, 2021 8:00 PM

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Join us next week as Wakefield showrunners Kristen Dunphy and Sam Meikle discuss their experience bringing the compelling, 8-part psychological mystery to the screen. Throughout the webinar, they'll cover topics including: 

  • What is a showrunner and what are the basic responsibilities of the role?
  • What do writers need to learn in order to become a successful showrunner? 
  • How does the showrunner model work within the Australian television industry? 

Wakefield is a gripping psychological mystery set in the spectacular Blue Mountains. It unfolds with a potent blend of non-linear narrative, fantasy, music and dance that brings to life the fascinating characters – staff and patients – who populate Ward C.

At the centre of the show is Nik (Rudi Dharmalingam) – a gifted psych nurse, blessed with a powerful combination of common sense and intuition. Nik is easily the sanest person in what is a pretty crazy place. But when a song gets stuck in his head, a dark secret from his past begins to intrude into his present, forming an intriguing puzzle that comes together as the series builds to its heart wrenching conclusion. New ABC drama, Wakefield. | TV Tonight

When: Wednesday 7 April 2021, 7pm AEST
Where: Online via Zoom
RSVP: Essential for all attendees. RSVP via the link above. Attendees will receive a link to the panel one hour before the start time. 

For those who cannot attend, the webinar is being recorded and will be made available to AWG members on AWG On Demand.


Kristen Dunphy has had 25 years’ experience writing, story producing and script editing drama for Australian television. In 2012, she was awarded the Foxtel Fellowship in recognition of the significant contribution she has made to Australian screenwriting to date.

She is the recipient of three AWGIE Awards – Best Miniseries Television Drama for The Straights (ABC/Matchbox) 2012, Best Television Series Drama for Eastwest 101 (SBS/Knapman Wyld) 2008 and Best Television Series Episode White Collar Blue (Network 10/Knapman Wyld) 2003.  Kristen has been nominated for numerous other awards, including two NSW Literary Awards and two AFI’s for screenwriting.

She has written extensively for the ABC on series such As Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Wildside, Fallen Angels, Love Is A Four Letter Word, Something In The Air, G.P, Heartland, starring Ernie Dingo and Cate Blanchett, and Correlli, starring Hugh Jackman.  Kristen’s telemovie credits include Blackjack Sweet Science (Jigsaw/Channel 10 and BBC1 (UK), starring Colin Friels, Vince Colosimo and Chris Haywood, and Small Claims White Wedding (RB Films/Channel 10).

She has written a variety of programs for children and teenagers, such as Heartbreak High, Blue Water High, Mirror Mirror, The Ferals, Playschool and – more recently – Conspiracy 365 for the movie channel and the recent ABC series Ready For This.

Kristen co-created and co-wrote the miniseries entitled The Principal (Essential Media), which was nominated as Best Miniseries Original in the 2015 AWGIE Awards, nominated for a New Creators Award 2015 Mannheim Heidelberg Film Festival in Germany and nominated for an AACTA Award for Best Telefeature or Minirseries. In 2016 Kristen was elected to the board of the Australian Writers’ Guild Authorship and Collecting Society, leading the fight for writers’ royalties.

Sam Meikle is a highly experienced writer and creator with over 200 hours of produced credits across a broad range of prime-time Australian television dramas, comedies, animation and web series.

Short films he’s written, directed and/or produced have screened at festivals around the world and he’s been engaged to develop multiple feature film projects. Sam has worked extensively in program development for many of Australia’s leading production houses, along with writing and interviewing for documentary works.

He holds a Masters in screenwriting from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (2000), he’s a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Arts Playwrights’ Studio (2000), a recipient of a 2009 Australian Writers’ Guild/Arts NSW Mentorship, along with the 2014 Inscription Enderby Entertainment Scholarship, and was a member of the 2018 Screen Australia Talent USA delegation to Los Angeles. He has been nominated for 11 Australian Writers’ Guild Awards and won 4.

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