Friday Sept 21: Shaun Grant – Screenwriter on the rise
Shaun Grant’s spectacular rise as a writer in the film and television industry would have to be considered
picture-perfect and it deserves close scrutiny, especially for anyone starting out in the business.
While still studying creative screenwriting, one of Shaun’s scripts was chosen to be produced from over 1700
others in a nationwide search for the SBS Drama Series Marx and Venus. And it was also during this time that
Shaun commenced writing the feature film Snowtown, which was swiftly picked up by Warp Films, produced and
then launched to the international market in Cannes, receiving great acclaim both locally and internationally. In
Cannes Snowtown secured the Special Jury Prize and back home Shaun claimed the AACTA & AWGIE awards
for Best Adapted Screenplay. On the strength of this success Shaun has landed his first TV series when he was
commissioned to co-write and develop the TV1 drama series Killing Time. His career trajectory is nothing short
of ideal and he’s never looked back.
Shaun will discuss how to develop your skills as a new writer; get into the industry; ensure your writing is seen
by key decision makers and capitalise on your success.
The Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) serves up fresh, free and topical mind food for screen
arts and broadcast practitioners and enthusiasts alike every week at ACMI. Hosted by Sandra Sdraulig, former
CEO of Film Victoria and Director of the Melbourne International Film Festival, Friday on My Mind is FREE and
open to all.
Come along and enjoy the informed and film literate host as she discusses creative practice with a range of
interesting guest practitioners each and every Friday throughout the year. The latest details on guests appear in
AFTRS’ weekly Victorian Red-Alert e-bulletin, which you can sign up to receive it via the AFTRS’ website:
AFTRS WEBSITE: www.aftrs.edu.au/
RED ALERT: www.aftrs.edu.au/redalert
Friday on My Mind / Every Friday @ 5pm for FREE
Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia
FREE tickets can be picked up from the ACMI Box Office on the day of the event from 10am.
Places are limited: First in best dressed. Sessions are usually Unclassified 15+ but on some occasions will
include 18+ material. Get your Friday fix of ideas and insight from some of the best in the business …