I am a screenwriter working across formats and genres.
I wrote on the first season of SURVIVING SUMMER for Werner Film Productions and Netflix, a show I also wrote the pitch for and helped sell.
I have also worked on other television shows for Netflix, Fremantle, Orange Entertainment and SBS, to name a few – all hopefully to be announced soon.
I have both feature and television projects in active development with various production companies around the world. I have a one hour sci fi with Atlantic Nomad in the UK and Arcadia in AUS. I have a super fun rom com feature in development with Happy Accidents US. And a couple of other exciting projects I can’t talk about yet.
My work has has won and been shortlisted for both Australian and international awards, leading me to meeting and working with some amazing companies and creatives. My most acclaimed work, feature MAYFIELD, was a Nicholl semi-finalist, Austin semi-finalist and won the PAGE Bronze Award. It was most recently selected for the inaugural GREY LIST – you can find it here!
My Spice Girls inspired dramedy GIRLBAND was a Script Pipeline semi-finalist (top 50). My WW2 historical drama BELOW THE RADAR was a finalist in the ScreenCraft True Story competition and was nominated for the Monte Miller Award for Best Unproduced Long Form Screenplay, an award I won at the Australian Writers Guild Awards for the biopic THE MAN FROM THE MOON.
”Gemma wields her deep knowledge of structure and character with a firm sense of compassion and care for a writer’s voice and story.”
– Katrina Irawati Graham, writer/ director, Bali 2002
Gemma has truly extraordinary script and story instincts, combined with extensive development experience and a desire to help others tell their stories effectively. So much of my own writing has been greatly improved with her notes and thoughts, and any emerging or established writer would be lucky to have her insights on their script.”
– Catherine Smyth-McMullen, Screenwriter (Sandman, The Other Lamb, Two Sentence Horror Stories)
“We were looking for quite a while to find a script editor before we found Gemma but we knew from our first meeting that she was the one. Her relaxed demeanour belies a wealth of experience, not only with story and structure but also dealing with broadcasters. Gemma combines her experience and enthusiasm with a great sense of humour and genuine compassion.”
– Bordertown Films
As an emerging screenwriter, I’m focused on getting my scripts from adequate to excellent. I had a feature script that wasn’t working, but I couldn’t pinpoint why. Gemma’s feedback was incredible, invaluable and sensitive – not only did her feedback identify the problem areas, it also unlocked the script in my own mind, allowing me to see the bird’s eye view of the story, enhance the structure, and improve critical beats as well as some of the smaller details.
Gemma’s feedback was key to getting my script from adequate to excellent. I can’t recommend her highly enough.
– Matija Šraj – Emerging Screenwriter and Writers’ Assistant