AWG media release
24 February 2005
Three diverse and innovative projects have won the Australian Writers' Guild inaugural Storyline Search for a TV Series Competition.
Selected from over 100 entries the AWG congratulates:
DONNA ABELA for The Commission, a comedy set in the Human Rights Commission where justice and self-interest are at loggerheads.
ROB REYNOLDS for The Adam Greer Experience, a sitcom that delves into the get-rich-quick world of a self-help guru.
SAMANTHA STRAUSS for Learning to Fly, a children's drama about every little girl's (and a few boys') dream - becoming a ballerina.
The winning writers will meet with Hugh Marks and Amanda Higgs at Southern Star Entertainment, Australia's leading independent creator and producer of television programming, to discuss their projects.
Judge and head writer on The Secret Life of Us, Judi McCrossin, said: 'Sometimes writers with great ideas find it difficult to access the producers who can make their ideas happen. I'm pleased the Guild's been able to connect writers and producers with such innovative material. The winners are new voices with truly original ideas. It's great that this competition has given them a chance to be heard.'
Donna Abela is a playwright from Sydney. Her credits include Tales From the Arabian Nights (Kim Carpenter's Theatre of Image), The Daphne Massacre (Parramatta Riverside Theatres), Snipe (Shopfront Theatre for Young People), Quest (Pact Youth Theatre), and Circus Caravan (Jigsaw Theatre Company). Her latest play the Rood Screen received an Honourable Mention in the 2004 New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest USA, and is showcased in anthology COLLECTION #5 - 25 NEW SCRIPTS FROM THE AUSTRALIAN SCRIPT CENTRE. She is currently developing a music theatre work, Aphrodite's Tears, for Parallelo in Adelaide. She is also a dramaturge, mentor, lecturer, and founding member of Powerhouse Youth Theatre.
Rob Reynolds comedy feature film Karaoke Killers was a winner in the FTO's inaugural New Feature Film Writers Scheme. Another black comedy feature, It Could Be Anybody, co-written with Greg Woodland of Script Central, was a finalist in the recent AWG/AFF Insite National Un-Produced Screenplay Competition.
Samantha Strauss lives on the Gold Coast. She has a Bachelor of Film & Television, received a bit of funding from the AFC, but hasn't managed to get anything up on screen. Yet. By day Sam works in casting, mostly with Maura Fay & Associates on projects such as The Great Raid, and children's series Sleepover Club. Right now she is coordinating the extras on Ray Lawrence's new film, Jindabyne. Sam knows the ballet world of learning to fly well, having once entertained fantasies of conquering the stage — until one too many broken bones got in the way.
Storyline is the official magazine of the Australian Writers' Guild.