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What is Pathways?

The Australian Writers’ Guild’s Pathways Program is a unique and growing development initiative that links talent with opportunity and helps to forge relationships between writers and industry professionals.

How did it come about?

The AWG recognises that many members have limited opportunities to engage with industry professionals who will read their scripts. The Pathways Program was developed to identify talented writers and provide them with opportunities to showcase their ideas to industry professionals and in the process, give those industry professionals first access to high quality scripts.

How does it work?

Promising scripts from talented writers are identified by their peers through the AWG’s many competitions and initiatives and then recommended to industry professionals via several methods, including:

Where to now?

In 2017 the AWG will continue to develop and strengthen partnerships with producers, production companies and funding bodies. We will consult with the industry on the best methods for facilitating introductions between writers and producers. We will continue to schedule a range of diverse events and find new platforms to link talented writers with targeted industry professionals.

Pathways Successes

The AWG has facilitated introductions between hundreds of writers and producers through the Pathways Program. We have been highly successful in identifying projects with potential and bringing those projects to the right kind of producers. Here are some of our success stories:

These are just a few examples of Pathways successes. There are many more stories of creative partnerships, feet in the door, plans to meet again and the sparking of new creative relationships.

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A Moth Myth - James Carroll

An Animated Film about a moth who struggles to stop “The Perfect Combination of Science and Commerce” when he discovers the plan of an Edwardian era Scientist and an Industrialist to trap and kill all the butterflies in a Rainforest Valley during their yearly migration.

Inducted into Pathways For
2016 What's the Story, Highly Commended


Duck Weather - Raen Fraser

Imagine you were born in a drought and have never seen the rain. In fact you’re completely terrified of water. And you’re a duck.

Inducted into Pathways For
2009 NSW Mentorship, Selected through


Space Cadet - Pauline Turner

Winston McLean, 12, is the world’s smartest kid and its youngest astronaut. During his first mission - with his dog Fluffy and piratical friend Katie stowing away – his spacecraft is sabotaged and crash lands on an alien planet, whose inhabitants work all the time, no time for play. The three will only make it back home if they can depose the tyrannical leader, foil a plan to destroy Earth with a giant umbrella, and if Winston can learn the one thing he has never had time for - how to have fun!

Inducted into Pathways For
2009 Monte Miller Award (Long Form), Nominated


SOX - Steve Harrison

Devastated when his partner Harvey suddenly goes missing, a very brave and determined young sock called Archie sets out on an epic journey to find him. His quest reveals Harvey has been caught up in a global criminal plot and it will be up to Archie and his band of misfit sock friends to rescue Harvey and save the world from a disaster threatening both footwear and humanity.

Inducted into Pathways For
2011 Monte Miller Award (Long Form), Nominated


Feature Film

Stupid Dead Boy - Alex Vickery-Howe

Three high school friends plot to drug and humiliate an unfaithful boyfriend, only to discover his dead body instead.

Inducted into Pathways For
2016 What's the Story, Winner


A Moth Myth - James Carroll

An Animated Film about a moth who struggles to stop “The Perfect Combination of Science and Commerce” when he discovers the plan of an Edwardian era Scientist and an Industrialist to trap and kill all the butterflies in a Rainforest Valley during their yearly migration.

Inducted into Pathways For
2016 What's the Story, Highly Commended


The Princess and the Bear - Gina Lambropoulos

A gay nightclub owner has his life thrown into chaos when his estranged seven year old niece is dumped on his doorstep for him to look after. A feel-good comedy which pairs the ultimate modern-day odd couple, a highly sexed gay bear and a teddy bear obsessed little girl.

Inducted into Pathways For
Open Channel's New Writers' Script - Feature, Winner


Strain - Alli Parker

As an infection spreads through the Australian public, a self-protective introvert must team up with her estranged family and the girl who made her life hell in high school to survive a zombie apocalypse.

Inducted into Pathways For
2016 Open Channel's New Writers' Script, Finalist


Lucid - Philip Tarl DensonCurrently Optioned

When an introverted dream programmer discovers he is trapped in a client’s dream, he must find a way out and save the woman he secretly loves.

Inducted into Pathways For
2016 John Hinde Award - Sci-Fi, Nominated


Red to Blue - Graeme Burfoot

A cynical, seed hoarding botanist must defy death to deliver the seeds of his dying world to a new planet. Failure means the end of all life.

Inducted into Pathways For
2016 John Hinde Award - Science Fiction, Winner


The Paradise Syndrome - Michael Kratochvil

A Brooklyn based journalist recovering from the trauma of a highly publicised terrorist abduction, investigates a series of media suppressed deaths linked to a social media website, where users vlog their hypothetical ‘last words'. Teaming up with a technophobic Australian father of a teenage victim, the pair become drawn into a cycle of evil in their hunt to find the elusive founder of the website.

Inducted into Pathways For
2016 John Hinde Science Fiction, Nominated


Umbra - Simon Proud

In 1970s Nebraska, Jesse, a young drifter cursed to become a werewolf every full moon, is taken in by a kindly farming family. But as the man tracking him closes in, and the next full moon looms, he is forced to decide: hit the road again, or risk destroying the family he's always wanted.

Inducted into Pathways For
2014 Monte Miller Award (Long Form), Nominated


Cathryn Strickland - Cathryn Strickland

Cathryn has worked for over twenty years in television as a researcher, script editor and writer. Her credits include G.P., Medivac, Children’s Hospital, House Gang, Murder Call, All Saints, McLeod’s Daughters and Love Child (series 1-4). In 2007 Cathryn co- wrote and produced the film “Emerald Falls” for the Ten Network.

Inducted into Pathways For
INSITE 2013, Shortlisted


The Spy - Andrew Slattery

1941. When downed WW2 fight pilot and budding author Roald Dahl is recruited by MI6 and sent to Washington to persuade America to join the war, he clashes with ruthless congressmen and Nazi spies as he struggles to overcome his trauma and save the UK from annihilation. Based on the true story.

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 Monte Miller Award (Long Form) , Nominated


Lost in the Dark - Christopher W. BaileyCurrently Optioned

In a bleak future, horrible creatures known as the Lurkers hunt the last of mankind, they only fear one thing: electric light – but the power is running out.

Inducted into Pathways For
2016 Monte Miller (Long Form), Nominated
2016 John Hinde Award - Science Fiction, Nominated


The Prince - Beth King

An injured back forces principal dancer, Jack, to leave the stages of New York for suburban Melbourne, where he begins teaching a group of unlikely boys how to ballet.

Inducted into Pathways For
2016 Monte Miller Award (Long Form), Nominated


The Long, Wide Blow - Mandy McCarthy

A woman has little choice but to pick up the shears and become a scab in 1983’s vicious Wide Comb Dispute.

Inducted into Pathways For
2016 Monte Miller Award (Long Form), Nominated


Another Time - Heather Wilson

After being heartbroken by his fiancée, a man gets the chance to rewrite history and stop himself from ever meeting her, when he finds himself travelling back in time to the Halloween Party where they first met.

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 Bill Warnock Award, Shortlisted


Burn - James Melchior

Ben Green, tormented by the senseless murder of his family, returns home where the ghosts of the past hound him to be avenged.

Inducted into Pathways For
2010 Monte Miller Award (Long Form), Nominated


The Lodger - James Pontifex

A displaced young woman, with the power to enter the dreams of others, takes a room in the home of the alcoholic former lover of the mother she never knew.

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 Bill Warnock Award, Shortlisted


Goners - Paul Komadina

A desperately indebted man enlists three unruly criminals to help him break into his best friend’s mansion to rob it, only to find his wife in bed with his friend.

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 Bill Warnock Award, Shortlisted


The Man From The Moon - Gemma CroftsCurrently Optioned

A biopic on the life of Norman Hetherington, the man who created Mr Squiggle

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 Monte Miller Award (Long Form), Winner


Pugilist - Ed Blythe & James Windeler

An elegantly brutal boxing story about a former champion seeking to reclaim his glory days by taking on a dangerous and ambitious newcomer.

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 Monte Miller Award (Long Form), Nominated
Other Awards
Nicholl Fellowship, Shortlisted
Final Draft Big Break, Shortlisted


Tamil Tigress - Jane Hampson

In late-1980s Sri Lanka, an idealistic and spirited teenage girl joins a militant guerrilla movement to fight for freedom, only to find herself fighting the brutal reality of war. Based on a true story.

Inducted into Pathways For
2013 INSITE Award, Winner
Other Awards
Inside The Box 2014, Shortlisted For


Croak - Shane BradyCurrently Optioned

When a giant mutant cane toad emerges from hibernation, folks in the nearby mining town start to croak.

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 John Hinde Award, Shortlisted


Borderline - Philip Tarl Denson

When a socially isolated border vigilante finds a baby amongst a group of murdered immigrants in the Arizona desert, he must sneak over the border illegally with no understanding of Spanish to return the baby to its family before the murderers find him.

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 INSITE Unproduced Feature , Shortlisted


Duck Weather - Raen Fraser

Imagine you were born in a drought and have never seen the rain. In fact you’re completely terrified of water. And you’re a duck.

Inducted into Pathways For
2009 NSW Mentorship, Selected through


Ashes - Mike JonesCurrently Optioned

When Samantha, a single woman struggling to connect with her wayward daughter, uncovers the secret of her own mother's war-time transgression in the highlands of New Guinea, she is compelled to confront an unleashed demon in the jungle to save her daughter's soul from black magic and a terrifying curse.

Inducted into Pathways For
2012 Monte Miller Award , Winner Of


Return Engagement - Tony Morphett

Frankie Turillo is a cat burglar who breaks into an abandoned mansion and finds a 1920’s flapper, Amanda Lane, lying in suspended animation in a glass casket. Overcome by her beauty, he kisses her, she wakes and Frankie’s hopes and plans are never going to be the same again.

Inducted into Pathways For
2010 RomCom, Shortlisted


Up Here - Jim Shomos

When you’ve had two dream marriages, choosing your eternal soulmate in Heaven is one Hell of a dilemma!

Inducted into Pathways For
2010 RomCom, Shortlisted
Other Awards
Shore Scripts 2016 Feature RomCom, Quarter-Finalist


Space Cadet - Pauline Turner

Winston McLean, 12, is the world’s smartest kid and its youngest astronaut. During his first mission - with his dog Fluffy and piratical friend Katie stowing away – his spacecraft is sabotaged and crash lands on an alien planet, whose inhabitants work all the time, no time for play. The three will only make it back home if they can depose the tyrannical leader, foil a plan to destroy Earth with a giant umbrella, and if Winston can learn the one thing he has never had time for - how to have fun!

Inducted into Pathways For
2009 Monte Miller Award (Long Form), Nominated


Black Mountain - Joe Villanti

Young Evie Larkin is lost in hostile Northern Queensland bushland in 1967. Half-caste Aboriginal park ranger and local tracker Jack Witham leads a rescue mission through Yirrmbal (taboo) Land against his Elders' wishes to find her.

Inducted into Pathways For
2011 Terror Australis, Shortlisted


Starfish - Hannah Moon with Stephen Sholl and Robin Geradts-Gill

Four teenage girls hit the coastal caravan park in search of a wild summer and hot surfy guys. Starfish navigates the dark and hilarious minefield of teenage sex from a female perspective.

Inducted into Pathways For
2013 Monte Miller (Long Form), Nominated


Martingale – Development funded by Scripted Ink. - Charalabos Harry Aletras

A 24 year old Philosophy Major and compulsive gambler is coerced into an international drug smuggling ring by an underworld boss to repay his mounting debts.

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 INSITE Unproduced Feature Film, Winner Of


Ronnie and the Girls - Lou Sanz

Dysfunction in Suburbia – a family’s attempt to cope with the successful suicide of their eldest daughter and the darkly comic situations that follow.

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 INSITE Unproduced Feature Film, Shortlisted
Other Awards
2016 AWGIE Awards for Documentary - Corporate And Training "You Talking About Killing Yourself", Nominated
2016 AWGIE Awards for Documentary - Corporate And Training "You Talking Suicide", Nominated


The Root of All Evil - Colin France

Sydney 1952. Steff Berkowitz, a war criminal posing as a refugee, is threatened with exposure when he discovers the proceeds of a daring boxing stadium robbery.

Inducted into Pathways For
Script Assessment 2007, Selected through


The Devil’s Veins - Tony D'Aquino

Fearless adventurer Nate leads a group of his childhood friends in search of a mythical lost goldmine in the Australian outback. But adventure turns to terror as, from deep in the mine, a relentless evil emerges.

Inducted into Pathways For
2012 AWG Terror Australis, Shortlisted


Thunder - Franz Docherty and Belinda Bradley

Rain Man meets Billy Elliot...A tale of triumph over adversity as a father learns to celebrate the eccentricities of his son after a freak accident leaves him with a permanent brain injury, bringing chaos, hilarity and ultimately love into his life again through the strangely uplifting world of air guitar.

Inducted into Pathways For
BOFA Tasmania 2012, Winner Of
Other Awards
Final Draft Big Break 2013, Selected For


Out of Nowhere - Matthew Barker

When near tragedy brings Ed and Kelvin together, their love is tested by Kelvin's refusal to "come out", terrified of being the first AFL player in history to ever do so.

Inducted into Pathways For
2012 What's Love Got To Do With It?, Shortlisted


Cargo - Chris Aronsten

Far North Queensland, 1949: Elizabeth Morgan, a young, indentured Aboriginal maid, stumbles into a rainforest clearing and finds a fortune inside the wreck of a light plane and decides to leave her boss and suffocating small town forever.

Inducted into Pathways For
2011 INSITE Unproduced Feature Film, Shortlisted


The Peacemaker – Development Funded by Scripted Ink. - Max Walker

Australian surfer and UN Officer Jim Ryan puts it all on the line to free great mate and Taliban suspect, Rafi Khan - a man who once tried to kill him - from Bagram Prison, Afghanistan

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 What Happens Next?, Shortlisted


The Infernal Optimist - Steve Abbott & Warren Coleman

A charismatically incorrigible small-time crim finds himself in big-time trouble when he is unexpectedly caught up in Australia’s immigration detention system.

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 INSITE Unproduced Feature Film, Shortlisted (Highly Commended)


Min Min - Simon Butters

Four carefree travellers speed across the Nullabor Plain to find the perfect surf break but their nighttime journey is cut terrifyingly short when they are hunted by a strange, deadly light in the sky – the Min Min.

Inducted into Pathways For
2014 John Hinde Award for Sci-Fi, Winner


Mayfield - Gemma Crofts

A woman finds herself alone at the end of the world.

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 What Happens Next?, Shortlisted


Implosion - Adam Hill

Adam Richards takes on an offer to merge his accounting firm with impressive entrepreneur Michael Sither's, but everything turns to power plays and Adam soon finds his life unravelling as Sither's sinister behaviour escalates. Under great duress, with his firm and family life shattered, Adam is determined to get justice.

Inducted into Pathways For
Script Assessment Service 2012, Selected For


The Original B - Mark Bryan

Jo Whitford has the perfect relationship with the perfect man...and now it’s time to share. A romantic comedy with exploding body parts.

Inducted into Pathways For
2013 INSITE Unproduced Feature Film, Shortlisted


Diving for Poland - Andrea Rogers

When impulsive 15 year old Rosy attempts to uncover the secrets of her family's Polish past, her obsessive-compulsive mother tries to stop her. Rosy enlists the help of their off-beat 18 year old Ukrainian gardener to unveil her migrant story and learns that sometimes love can be an act of betrayal.

Inducted into Pathways For
Monte Miller (Long Form) 2011, Winner


The Smash Man - Mark Hopkins

After his tow truck is disabled by a rival company, an ambitious tow truck driver must choose between saving his family and revealing his involvement in a murder.

Inducted into Pathways For
2009 Monte Miller Award (Long Form), Nominated


Faking It - Scott Taylor

The world’s hottest pop star is lost in the Australian outback and falls in love with a young indigenous man who tries to hide the fact he has no idea how to help her survive.

Inducted into Pathways For
2013 INSITE Unproduced Feature, Shortlisted


Life Extension - Jason Pugh

A government assassin needing medicine for a deadly virus he carries wakes from a 500 year cryostasis, only to find the world split into two warring factions: Technology versus Fanaticism - and that one side wants him dead.

Inducted into Pathways For
Script Assessment 2013, Selected


The Secret Archipelagos - Jason Pugh

A young female journalist discovers the truth of Australia's South East Asian crime filled archipelagos and struggles to prove her story as government secret services target her

Inducted into Pathways For
Script Assessment 2012, Selected through


Punishment - Les Zig

Convicted of murdering his wife’s lover, an idealistic man is sentenced to the full thirty-one-day term in PUNISHMENT – a dystopian prison where prisoners undergo a systematic regimen of physical beatings and psychological deconstruction, all while attending to the work detail of restoring a colonial cottage – and tries to understand the nature of his existence.

Inducted into Pathways For
2014 John Hinde Award for Sci-Fi, Shortlisted


Mary, Mary - Penelope Chai & Adam Spellicy

Years after a plague kills every woman on Earth, the world is repopulated with identical, submissive female clones. Now, one of them wants her independence…

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 INSITE Unproduced Feature Film , Shortlisted
2015 John Hinde for Sci Fi, Winner
2016 Monte Miller Award - Long form , Winner


One Million Words - Vince Bailey

When a quiet, reclusive man learns that he has a terminal illness, he begins a dangerous relationship with a free spirited art student who teaches him how to live again.

Inducted into Pathways For
2012 BOFA Tasmania, Shortlisted


Vanished - Alexei Mizin and Ryan van DijkCurrently Optioned

When a ten-year­-old boy disappears in an isolated country town, a young teacher finds herself unravelling a decades ­old mystery, unwittingly placing herself in the crosshairs of those who would kill to keep their secrets hidden.

Inducted into Pathways For
2013 Monte Miller Award (Long Form), Winner
Other Awards
Think Inside The Box 2013, Shortlisted


Cowtown - Steve Mitchell

A cynical insurance assessor is sent to reject a farmer's claim for stolen cows, but finds the entire town is convinced they were taken by aliens and he'll lose his job if he can't find an alternative explanation in time.

Inducted into Pathways For
2011 Monte Miller Award (Long Form), Nominated


Minding Gavin - Robyn Winslow

When taciturn wheat farmer Gavin Wright loses his wife and remarries a foreigner, he experiences first hand the kind and supportive but also claustrophobic and judgemental nature of life in a small rural community, and learns that he can't remain silent if he's to keep both his new wife and his beloved small town.

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 McCraith House Residency, Selected
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Nudes, Taboos and Black Tattoos - Annie Cossins

In a collision of love and lust in London’s art world, four lonely lovers discover their fantasies are not what they truly desire when the past confronts the present. Newly widowed, Alice searches for her ex-lover, Michael, only to be seduced by his son, David. When Michael’s daughter, Pia, runs out of money, she’s ensnared by Alice’s ex-lover Jonathan who casts a spell to entice them all to solve the puzzle of the nudes with the suggestively placed, black tattoos.

Inducted into Pathways For
Script Assessment 2011, Selected For


One and Another - Tim Maddren

Forced to admit his autistic son into care, a widowed father escapes with his son to say goodbye in an extraordinary way.

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 What Happens Next?, Shortlisted


Lighting Up - Tracy Richardson

Lighting Up is a comedy about a pompous art critic and art school dropout, with a Scrooge-like contempt for Christmas, who must lead a street to victory in a Christmas light competition to avoid becoming bankrupt.

Inducted into Pathways For
2013 INSITE Unproduced Feature, Shortlisted


Buenos Aires - Brendan Gore

Gloria and Hassin's relationship has reached breaking point but before it ends they decide to take one last trip - back to where they first met, to say goodbye. Pitched as 500 Days Of Summer meets The Fault In Our Stars.

Inducted into Pathways For
2012 What's Love Got To Do With It?, Shortlisted For


Echovault - Jacque Joubert & Andrew McDonald

An elite team of Allied forces assault a top secret research facility and become trapped underground with a sadistic Nazi Colonel and a mysterious Machine which allows him to switch bodies, turning the team against one another as they desperately try to survive.

Inducted into Pathways For
John Hinde for Sci Fi 2014, Shortlisted


Death By Shark - Heidi Regan

A young American woman, struggling to protect sharks from human prejudice, finally learns that being prejudiced makes more sense. A spoof of shark horror films, set in Australia.

Inducted into Pathways For
2010 Monte Miller Award (Long Form), Winner


Kindred - Rachel Kelly

Haunted by a childhood murder, rugged drifter Aaron Castles arrives in a close-knit fishing town seeking answers. He meets a kindred spirit in a lonely single mother, but when a little girl vanishes Aaron knows he must face a harrowing family secret before he can truly find love and redemption.

Inducted into Pathways For
2012 What's Love Comp, Shortlisted


Sleepwalker - Matt Wheeldon

How do you fight your worst enemy, if that enemy...is within?

Inducted into Pathways For
2010 Monte Miller Award (Long Form), Nominated


Interactive

Mish Mash - Elizabeth Dias & Russell BywaterCurrently Optioned

Two 11 year-old girls moonlight as undercover reporters for their school’s news website, assuming roles and disguises to solve a series of perplexing mysteries.

Inducted into Pathways For
2016 Open Channel's New Writers' Script, Finalist


CatGod – Development funded by Scripted Ink. - Chris Phillips & Chris Burke

Things rarely go well for Adam Eckman, so when he accidentally commits suicide, he's surprised to find himself in heaven where God, who it turns out is a cat, offers him a second chance. But cats and Gods are tricky, so of course there’s strings attached. All Adam has to do is take the lives of nine bad people. Then he can have his life back. But how do you decide who's bad? And how do you end the lives of nine not-so-innocents when you're a pacifist inhabiting your slowly decaying corpse while trying to win back the love of your life without her discovering you’re a little bit dead? CatGod is a comedy series about morality, mortality and ethical murder.

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 Platform x, Selected


The Blue Mist - Steve Worland & Rhet Walton

The Blue Mist If Superman is the hero we hope is out there, The Blue Mist is the hero we hope is inside us.

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 Platform X, Selected


The Divide - Kerinne Jenkins

A multi-platform speculative fiction about a future world where the dying planet we know as earth has been split in two and the idea of what makes us truly ‘safe’ is a difficult proposition to answer.

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 Platform X, Selected


Chasing Leads - Joel Callen

When a team of students in a small mining town takes over the local newspaper after its editor mysteriously disappears, they begin to uncover the dangerous secrets at the heart of their community.

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 Platform X, Selected


P&C - Alicia Walsh & Steven Rodgers

The high-stakes politics and personal dramas of an inner-city Parents and Citizens Association where success as a human being can be directly linked to your ability to organise a successful cake stall.

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 Platform X, Selected


Reefvolution - Keith Diamond

A science fiction story interwoven with a serious game where users join forces with their future selves, 30 years from now, to drive a monumental protest to save the Great Barrier Reef and change our present day behaviours to kerb Climate Change.

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 Platform X, Selected


Elephant in the Room - Brianna O'Donohue

Elephant in the room is a multiplatform, modern day, playful, cheeky urban comedy for female audiences, about the battle between exposing the hidden truth and the desire to suppress it at all costs.

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 Platform X, Selected


Outlawyer - Kym Goldsworthy & Ian Rochford

In the quasi distant future, in a world on the brink of extinction, ambitious lawyer Weston Reynolds is framed by his corporate masters to take the public backlash against the Great Takeover, the privatisation of Earth’s last solvent government. Sentenced to death by scientific experiment, his body fused with nanobots of squid DNA, he escapes and takes to the underworld, seeking revenge against those who set him up and redemption for his own sins.

Inducted into Pathways For
2014 Platform X, Selected


Mogul Recon - Sam Hackett

Mogul Recon is a sci-fi stealth game about a technology mogul creating a two-tier society by cheating death

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 Platform X, Selected


Corrosive Zone - Zac Gillam

When a group of eco-activists head to the Pilbara to disrupt a fracking rig, they unwittingly unleash an ancient conflict between two alien races.

Inducted into Pathways For
2014 Platform X, Selected


Short Film

Space - Jill Moylan

When a young girl wants to escape she finds that a cardboard and tinfoil spaceship will give her all the space she needs.

Inducted into Pathways For
2011 Monte Miler Award, Winner


It Will Peck You - Katie Found

When you love someone who is unwell, how far do you go to care for them?

Inducted into Pathways For
2016 Monte Miller Award - Short Form, Winner


Fingers - Lachlan Marks

Spurred on by a tall story from his deadbeat uncle, eight-year-old Tom takes it upon himself to confront a local legend and make a terrifying sacrifice for his family.

Inducted into Pathways For
2016 Monte Miller Award (Short Form), Nominated


The Brooch - Elizabeth Dias

A whimsical and bittersweet interplay between two young sisters struggling to cope with the absence of their ailing mother.

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 Monte Miller Award (Short Form), Winner


The Darkness in Their Eyes - D.J. Williamson

Baghdad, 2007 - a young Iraqi boy steals an American soldier's rifle thinking it will help protect his family.

Inducted into Pathways For
2009 Monte Miller Award (Short Form), Nominated


Heatherdale - Duncan Richards

As the sun goes down on a suburban train station platform, a middle-aged man stands waiting. He looks tired and run-down; older than his years. He is Keith Robinson. Passengers file past, he does not move.

Inducted into Pathways For
2012 Monte Miller Award (Short Form), Nominated


Safia’s Statue - Phil Enchelmaier

Following the death of her friend in Iraq, six-year-old Safia is taken with a statue of their former leader that comes alive in her local park.

Inducted into Pathways For
2012 Monte Miller Award (Short Form), Nominated


From Halfway There, With Love - Mandy McCarthy

Rural Australia, 1970s: a young girl, full of life and hope, stuck in a dying town, finds a way to free herself with the help of a disco-obsessed inmate from the local asylum.

Inducted into Pathways For
2010 Monte Miller Award (Short Form), Winner


Paradise - Anya Beyersdorf

Lonely Consuela the hotel maid gambles with God and thinks it is her lucky day when a gold pair of shoes washes up on a deserted beach in Paradise

Inducted into Pathways For
Monte Miller Award 2014 (Short Form), Winner of


5 Moons of Pluto - Bradford Walton

A 12-year-old boy, bereft from the loss of his mother, battles with heartless school bullies to reclaim his dignity and win the heart of the girl he admires.

Inducted into Pathways For
Monte Miller Award (Short Form) 2015, Nominated For


Some Time Later - Donovan Renn

A writer of children's television discovers his dead mother's phone number now reaches her 15 years in the past.

Inducted into Pathways For
Monte Miller Award 2014 (Short Form), Nominated for
Other Awards
MIFF 37 ° South, Selected for


Television

Disorder - Miley Tunnecliffe

A family of dysfunctional psychologists struggle with their own relationships as well as their patients.

Inducted into Pathways For
2017 Bill Warnock Writers Initiative, Winner


Lady Justice - Aaron Moss

After her police-officer husband is murdered, a 65-year old woman takes the law into her own hands and dishes out her own brand of justice to criminals who have escaped punishment.

Inducted into Pathways For
2017 Bill Warnock Writers Initiative , Winner


Shining Light - Matt Ford

Patrick Lamb is a brand new priest - young, smart, driven. His one small problem: he doesn’t believe in God.

Inducted into Pathways For
2016 Prime Time, Winner


Clicks - Kelsey Munro

Clicks is a smart, fast-talking, politically-savvy comedy about the clash of generations and values and the search for truthiness in a newsroom running as fast as it can to keep up with the future.

Inducted into Pathways For
2016 Prime Time, Shortlisted


Dog Box - Rebecca Ingram

Four young girls from very different backgrounds are thrown together in an under-resourced, inner-city juvenile justice detention centre. But when they are all implicated in the murder of a young girl, secrets and incidents collide in chilling ways - and survival just became even tougher.

Inducted into Pathways For
2016 Prime Time, Shortlisted


The Go-Go Team - Jack Yabsley

Australia's most popular children's group are falling apart. Who will pick up all the (fluoro coloured) pieces?

Inducted into Pathways For
2016 Prime Time, Shortlisted


Coldwater Bay - Amanda Hampson & Tracey Trinder

An assault on her father forces a young woman to return home where she battles to save the family business. Reunited with her first love, she must confront a guilty secret and the tragic past they share.

Inducted into Pathways For
2016 Prime Time , Shortlisted


Webocracy - Lauren Anderson

When an online petition goes viral, a self absorbed YouTube star finds herself leader of the ultra egalitarian breakaway state of New Tasmania.

Inducted into Pathways For
2016 Open Channel's New Writers' Script - TV/Web, Winner


The Paradise Syndrome - Michael Kratochvil

A Brooklyn based journalist recovering from the trauma of a highly publicised terrorist abduction, investigates a series of media suppressed deaths linked to a social media website, where users vlog their hypothetical ‘last words'. Teaming up with a technophobic Australian father of a teenage victim, the pair become drawn into a cycle of evil in their hunt to find the elusive founder of the website.

Inducted into Pathways For
2016 John Hinde Science Fiction, Nominated


Portalgate - Ella Roby and Zahid Gamieldien

A down-on-her-luck 33 year-old woman dies and is resurrected as the Portalgate: an airport for interdimensional travelers. Now she must juggle work and love with the arrival of absurd creatures and unhelpful guides, as well as the attentions of a bungling tyrant who wants the portal for himself.

Inducted into Pathways For
2016 John Hinde Award - Science Fiction, Nominated


Viewers - Meegan May

Set in 2042, Viewers is a sci fi drama about the fiercely independent Sarah Russo, who must infiltrate the oppressive International Bureau of Investigation (IBI) under instruction from the anti-government Neo-Luddites. As she begins to play both sides, she soon discovers that the advanced training simulations she’s undertaking are real - and that she is viewing, and changing, the actual past.

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 John Hinde Award for Sci-Fi, Shortlisted


The Neutral Zone - Paulette Fisher

Lara, a futuristic bounty hunter, has to track down and execute the former dictator responsible for the loss of all human identity – her mother.

Inducted into Pathways For
2014 Platform X , Selected


Evergreen - Jacklyn BassanelliCurrently Optioned

When an Australian mining settlement on Mars loses contact with Earth, and the communications technician is found dead on the surface, a young, uncompromising astro-biologist must overthrow the treacherous leadership of the mining CEO and orchestrate the survival of the first human colony in space.

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 John Hinde Award for Sci-Fi, Selected


The Salesman - Alexei Mizin and Ryan van Dijk

Ten years after escaping the business, a chance encounter with a former colleague sees a retired contract killer dragged back into a dangerous world, shaking his family and small town community to its core.

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 Think Inside The Box, Shortlisted


Purgatory’s Lawyer - Angela McDonald

When a lawyer gets trapped in Purgatory he is forced to represent a series of dead clients, all desperately trying to plead their case to get into Heaven.

Inducted into Pathways For
AFTRS TV Pitching Assessment., Winner


Black Creek – Development Funded by Scripted Ink. - Eloise Healey & Jessica Brookman

Apathetic small-town cop Matt Gallagher is forced into action when he suspects his hero father’s suicide is actually murder

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 Think Inside The Box, Shortlisted


Grunts - Eloise Healey & Jessica Brookman

After losing all but one member of his Unit in the Middle East, Sergeant Jason Roberts finds renewed purpose training fresh recruits.

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 Think Inside The Box, Longlisted


Impaired - Eloise Healey & Jessica BrookmanCurrently Optioned

A forensic psychiatrist turns expert witness in order to determine the sanity of accused criminals who plead the 'mental impairment' defence.

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 Think Inside The Box, Shortlisted


Grow Up - D'Arcy Foley-Dawson

When her alcoholic mother is hospitalised, an irresponsible wannabe comedian with anger issues is forced to take care of her neurotic twelve year­ old sister.

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 Think Inside The Box, Winner of


The Waiting Room (Pilot Episode) - Joanne Min Fa

When a brilliant computer engineer saves his reckless sister by transferring her consciousness into a virtual reality, neither is prepared for the repercussions on themselves, their loved ones, and the world at large.

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 John Hinde Award for Sci-Fi, Shortlisted


One Night Only - Susan Woodford

A rare, behind-the-scenes look at how one of Australia’s beloved traditions comes together – the annual Carols by Candlelight telecast.

Inducted into Pathways For
2013 Think Inside The Box, Shortlisted
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Kokoda - Susan Woodford

The legendary tale of courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice of an inexperienced battalion sent to Papua New Guinea to hold off the Japanese advance in World War Two.

Inducted into Pathways For
2013 Think Inside The Box, Shortlisted


One Year Later - Christian WhiteCurrently Optioned

Arthur, a 36-year-old State Parliament Librarian, spends a decade searching for his kidnapped daughter, then another decade searching for her killer. Each episode takes place one year after the previous one, allowing the series to span over twenty years from 1981 to 1998. Winner of TITB. Matchbox to option project. No shopping agreement as yet.

Inducted into Pathways For
2013 Think Inside The Box, Winner


House Arrest - Ian Rochford

Denny Farrer seems to be a rather irresponsible but otherwise ordinary family man. He lives a more-or-less normal suburban life in the run-down house he inherited from his father and gets along with his more forgiving neighbours. What they don’t know is that Denny is a career criminal, and that all those times that he disappeared, went walkabout, visited sick relatives overseas… well, he was in prison. What they remember is how his wife Carol held the family together during his absences.

Inducted into Pathways For
2013 Think Inside The Box, Shortlisted


Asylum - Jasper Marlow

When a materialistic, womanizing and debt-ravaged doctor is forced to work at an offshore detention center - he’s thrown into the hopeless world of desperate refugees and risks everything to save them.

Inducted into Pathways For
2013 Think Inside The Box, Shortlisted


SOS - Beth Knights

Who would have thought that a woman baking scones for her husband in the morning would be hiding a draft resiste from the world and her husband by night?

Inducted into Pathways For
Think Inside The Box 2013, Shortlisted For


Homecoming - Phoebe Hartley

Upon her escape from the stranger who abducted her a decade ago, 27-year-old Ruby Wilde returns home with a young daughter in tow, and begins to make up for lost time. How do you make sense of a world that has left you behind?

Inducted into Pathways For
2013 Think Inside The Box, Shortlisted


Swillerz - Rohan Everingham

Black sheep Mike Ellis takes over his father’s pub and has his sobriety and loyalty tested when he proposes to take the local into a new era...

Inducted into Pathways For
Script Assessment Program, Selected


Counter-Intelligence - David Callan and Jon Williams

Counter-Intelligence is a darkly hilarious look at life inside the Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation (ASIO); based on actual stories from the men and women who work there and giving a face to a very faceless Organisation.

Inducted into Pathways For
2013 Think Inside The Box , Shortlisted for


Blackout - Becki Bouchier

A caring nurse feels as though she is the only sane one in her nutcase of a family, despite having a medical condition that causes her to experience random blackouts. Little does she know that during these blackouts – she kills people.

Inducted into Pathways For
Think Inside The Box 2013, Shortlisted For


Accidental Investigation (Eye of the Storm) - Vince Bailey

A secret services psychologist joins forces with a dedicated team of professionals to help find the cause of a domestic plane crash, but when she reveals vital information about the accident to her previous employer, her career is placed in jeopardy.

Inducted into Pathways For
2012 BOFA Tasmania , Shortlisted


Living Metal - C. S. McMullen

In a near-future society where "metals" (androids) are second-class citizens, two detectives investigate a murder that no one else cares about. In the process, they discover a far-reaching conspiracy that will force them to re-evaluate everything they know about what it is to be human.

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 What Happens Next?, Shortlisted For
2015 Monte Miller Award (Long Form), Nominated For
2015 Think Inside The Box , Shortlisted For
Other Awards
2015 Scriptapalooza (US), Selected For
2015 BIFF/ScreenCraft Screenwriters’ Residency Program, Selected For


The Weekly - Rojé Augustin

It’s 1933 at the newly launched Weekly Magazine where Editor Anne Martin endorses liberation through sacrifice in the pages of the pioneering paper. Patriotism and nationalism are the name of the game, but how long will it last?

Inducted into Pathways For
2013 Think Inside The Box, Shortlisted


Nowhereland - Nick Seymour

A gifted young Aboriginal policeman in 1850's Ballarat - a black Sherlock of the goldfields - investigates a series of horrific crimes as the world around him is transformed forever.

Inducted into Pathways For
2013 Think Inside The Box, Shortlisted


The Lady from the Sea - Jane Hampson

Remote Port Darwin, 1906: A police officer arrives in town to report on the disappearance of a young missionary nun. Delving into a town full of secrets he confronts his own inner demons, and unearths a conspiracy reaching to the upper echelons of church and state.

Inducted into Pathways For
2013 Think Inside The Box , Shortlisted


Chrome - Jonathan Empson

When cash-strapped charmer Charlie Ward inherits a classic car dealership, his schemes to save it from bankruptcy entangle him in the lives of his wealthy customers – and put him on the wrong side of a crime boss.

Inducted into Pathways For
2010 Monte Miller Award (Long Form), Nominated


Crossover – Schrodingers Cat (Pilot Episode) - Andy Muir

When a young woman crosses over from an alternate universe, she joins forces with the two men who found her to ensure she survives long enough to find a way back home and to elude the nefarious government forces wanting to capture her for their own research purposes.

Inducted into Pathways For
2014 John Hinde Award, Shortlisted


Crash! - Vince Bailey

CRASH! is an procedural drama series about an independent rapid response investigation unit working against the clock as they seek to uncover the cause of major accidents and incidents across the country that may not always be what they seem – accidental.

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 Think Inside The Box , Shortlisted


Vanished - Alexei Mizin and Ryan van DijkCurrently Optioned

When a ten-year­-old boy disappears in an isolated country town, a young teacher finds herself unravelling a decades ­old mystery, unwittingly placing herself in the crosshairs of those who would kill to keep their secrets hidden.

Inducted into Pathways For
2013 Monte Miller Award (Long Form), Winner
Other Awards
Think Inside The Box 2013, Shortlisted


The Othersiders - Tim Brothers

A group of four twenty-something ghosts have to resolve their issues with the people they’ve left behind – in order to ‘cross over’ to the other side.

Inducted into Pathways For
2013 Think Inside The Box, Shortlisted


The Box - Claire Phillips

In 1970s Australia, a young woman escapes an oppressive marriage and tries to fight her way into a career as a rugby league commentator in the ruthless, testosterone-fuelled world of live sports broadcasting.

Inducted into Pathways For
Monte Miller 2012 (Long Form), Nominated for


Bayou - Becca JohnstoneCurrently Optioned

When Marnie, a young woman desperate to escape her abusive marriage kills her husband, she flees to the fictional swamp town of Beau Choix, Louisiana; a place of deep tradition, dark history and hoodoo magic. On the run from the law, Marnie wants to start a new life, but must struggle to overcome her violent past, uncover her family’s hidden history and defend herself against a dark ancient power conjured by the town’s mysterious leader.

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 What Happens Next?, Winner


The Boy From Bondi - Cindy Jones

A two-part mini-series based on the true story of Graeme Thorne - A lost boy, a lost innocence, a lost Australian story.

Inducted into Pathways For
2013 Think Inside The Box, Shortlisted
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Wasting Time - Chris Kennett with Martin Pedler

Tim never thought about the future – until it moved in to his spare room.

Inducted into Pathways For
2013 Think Inside The Box, Shortlisted For
2015 John Hinde Award for Sci-Fi, Shortlisted For


The Knot - Jessica Paine

A commitment-phobic anthropologist returns home and is thrust into the irrational world of wedding planning as she tries to help save her estranged sister’s business.

Inducted into Pathways For
2013 Monte Miller Award (Long Form), Nominated


Fury - Charlotte McConaghy

In a plague-ridden, dystopian future emotion has been ‘Cured’ by a totalitarian regime. Finn, a young resister, must align with a group of wild, teenage vigilantes from the underground, led by the enigmatic Dan. Together they will seek to rescue her captured sister, and as many unCured children as they can, all in the struggle to survive a soulless world.

Inducted into Pathways For
2013 Monte Miller Award (Long Form), Winner


Theatre

The Last Drop - John Shand

Joe and Mary scrape out a post-apocalyptic existence, even as they scrape away at what remains of their relationship

Inducted into Pathways For
2010 Edward Albee Script Competition, Highly Commended


Normal - Katie Pollock

What would cause 18 normal girls to suddenly start twitching? What would it cost them to stop?

Inducted into Pathways For
2015 What Happens Next?, Winner


Testimonials

Here’s what some of the participants of recent Pathways events have had to say:

‘It was a very successful event for Thunder. All, bar one producer, wanted to read the script, which was great. And I got a great deal out of the preparation and execution of the pitch in such a condensed environment. It was a helpful challenge pitching to different personalities and really helped to clarify the pitch. Steve Kearney was in touch the next day and Belinda and I met up with him the following week when we were in town for the Lorne Film Festival. Steve had read the script in this time – surely a record! Belinda and I spent a couple of hours with Steve, bouncing around ideas. It was a productive meeting. Then Steve got back in touch after the Festival and asked us if we wanted to make a movie together!  We told him we would! We’re very pleased and believe he will be great to work with. We’re re-writing with our money from Lorne, and he’s hoping to pitch it at Cannes next year when he’s there with Oddball and another project. So, a very grateful thank you to the Writer’s Guild.’

Franz Docherty and Belinda Bradley

 

I found the ‘Big Day In’ to be absolutely invaluable. It’s not often, as an uncredited writer, that I get the opportunity to hear directly from producers and learn what they are looking for. I also greatly benefited from the sessions that related to the various practicalities of being a being a writer – pitching, legals, dealing with notes etc. Overall the day was incredibly encouraging and informative. Can’t wait for the next one!

Tony D’Aquino

 

The Pathways Networking event was amazing, and an invaluable experience for me. As an emerging writer, it sometimes feels like it’s impossible to meet producers, or get them to read your work. This event was perfect to break the ice, and start building relationships with both producers and other writers. I have had several producers request to read more of my work already, and even if this particular project doesn’t move forward, I feel like I have started to build a network of people now. While the 10 minute sessions were short, I actually found that they were the perfect amount of time to get a sense if a producer was a good fit for your project.

C.S. McMullen

 

‘Pathways has, indeed, been a great help and introduced me to several solid writers and their projects. Though I work for a WA company, I’m based out of New York City; so it was a good way for me to familiarize myself with the lay of the land’.

Michael Lloyd Green – Director of Development – The Penguin Empire

 

‘Just wanted to let you know that James and I have this week signed a two year option with Unicorn Films! This could never have happened without the Pathways Program and the support of the AWG, so again, our sincere thanks to everyone who contributed toward the pitching session’

Susan Yardley and James Melchior

 

“Thank you for the recent Pathways event. It was a great success, as ever. Aside from making so many contacts in the industry, it was great to meet and talk with other writers. For myself it was very rewarding with one professional relationship coming out if it and through that one of my projects is gaining traction with the strong possibility of an option. At the very least I am getting great feedback from industry professionals. I can’t wait for the next event; I always get something out if them. My thanks to you and the AWG.”

 Nick Seymour

 

“Thanks for the opportunity to participate in AWG’s Pathways Networking event.

I found this year’s event to be both a positive and professional experience.

The online introduction to the writers and their synopses was great. Having the opportunity to line up the concepts that were of interest meant that we met with projects that we were interested in. A couple of zombie horror concepts snuck through but we were kind and found it quite entertaining. The night was well co-ordinated. The venue was appropriate, controlled and comfortable. The timed pitch arena worked well and all candidates were very well prepared. It was impressive. The opportunity to mingle over drinks afterwards was a nice touch. Overall, I think the night was a great success.  Unfortunately, the concept that we were interested in was lost to another producer however we are now discussing other projects with the same writer.  Thank you for organising what is now a ‘must do’ event in our calendar. We look forward to next year’s event.’

 Elisa Argenzio – Buon Giorno Productions

 

‘Thanks so much for the Pathways Networking event; I always enjoy meeting emerging writers and talking them through their projects.  It seems to be helping as the standard of projects and their presentation gets better each time!  All the best for the event in the future, I’d be more than happy to attend again.’

Lucy McLaren – LM Films

 

How do I get involved?

AWG runs a variety of Pathways competitions throughout the year. If you are successful in these competitions, then your work could be showcased here. Please head to our Competitions or Events for more information on upcoming competitions.

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