Scripted Ink. is thrilled to announce three new partnerships within the rising talent of the Australian screenwriting community. In conjunction with the Australian Writers’ Guild Pathways Program, Scripted Ink. has invested in a feature film project by Jane Hampson and two television drama projects by Jacklyn Bassanelli and the co-writing team Ryan Van Dijk and Alex Mizin.
Jane Hampson has received script development funding for her feature script Tigress. Set during the Sri Lankan civil war, Tigress tells the story of a teenage girl who runs away from her family to join the Tamil Tigers. Jane has joined forces with producer Leanne Tonkes and Indian based director Leena Yadav on this fantastic project. With a background in international journalism, Jane is very excited to have received Scripted Ink. development funding. ‘It is testament to Scripted Ink.’s dedication to accelerating quality Australian writers and a huge vote of confidence in the commercial and creative value of such an important story,’ said Hampson.
Jacklyn Bassanelli’s Evergreen is an epic, futuristic drama series set on Mars. ‘Evergreen is a wonderful, bold television series with excellent international possibilities. We’re very excited to be working with Jacklyn on this project,’ said Tim Pye, Head of Development for Scripted Ink. Jacklyn has teamed up with Melbourne-based producer Stephen Luby of Ruby Entertainment (The Secret River) to develop the series. ‘Thanks to Scripted Ink., I was able to bring together an exciting group of writers – Kelly Lefever, Chelsea Cassio and Adam Spellicy – to brainstorm with myself and producer Stephen Luby over an expansive and inspiring three days,’ said Bassanelli. With Scripted Ink.’s development funding, Jacklyn will write a pilot script, a series bible and will produce a sizzle reel. The development of Evergreen has been co-funded by Film Victoria.
Alexei Mizin and Ryan van Dijk are the co-writers of Meridian, a sci-fi mystery thriller television series. ‘It’s rare to see such assured writing craft in emerging writers,’ said Tim Pye. Scripted Ink. has funded a four-day brainstorming session during which they were mentored by veteran writer / producer of The Kettering Incident, Vicki Madden. ‘There are two things that emerging writers desire and require: actual experience of being ‘in the room’, as well as mentorship and encouragement from an experienced practitioner. Scripted Ink.’s investment into Meridian provided both these things. The connections and relationships made as an outcome of this week have already been fruitful with talks for potential employment as well as introductions to managers, agents and various production companies both in Australia and overseas,’ said Mizin. Scripted Ink. is also funding Ryan and Alex to travel to LA to pitch their project to agents, producers and Hollywood studios.
Writers’ Rooms were made possible with support from Screen Australia’s Enterprise funding