THE AUSTRALIAN FILM INDUSTRY IS NOT DEAD
At the start of 2019, the ACT Writer's Centre approached me to write a piece for the 'Screen Time' section of their March magazine. "Dreaming of becoming a screenwriter? We quizzed some local experts to give you their most frank advice." 'Frank' was certainly an accurate description. Although there were nerves among my excitement to have this piece published, I hoped my tongue in cheek humour, and ultimately, my message of optimism came across in the article.
THE AUSTRALIAN FILM INDUSTRY IS DEAD. These words echo in classrooms, cinemas, and at networking events. But behind the bitter words of seasoned industry professionals lies a small army of hopefuls waiting with bated breath to burst into the industry. In 2019, writing for the Australian Film Industry has never been more of a possibility with organisations and governing bodies providing a myriad of pathways including mentorships, educational and skill development workshops, competitions, networking events, script assessment, feedback, and various other opportunities to showcase the work of up and coming writers. The local community itself is ever-growing, and a quick internet search can provide access to writer support groups and meetups, connecting fellow writers with each other and giving them the chance to seek feedback and motivation from their peers. With opportunities for growth hiding behind every corner, don't give up; there has never been a better time to pursue the dream of screenwriting.