Every Tuesday evening in March, WAT members are invited to come together and
- learn valuable writing techniques from Tasmanian screenwriters and filmmakers
- work on a story idea or script
- share work with other writers
- meet potential collaborators
We’ll kick off the evening with our mentor providing an outline of how they tackle their craft – whether it’s working on character, story structure or genre, you’ll be provided with a tangible tool to strengthen your story.
An hour of sustained writing provides space for participants to work on their own script or explore the technique just discussed.
In the final half-hour participants will be invited to read an excerpt from their work or discuss their project with the group over a light supper.
Online participation is available via skype for limited numbers.
When: 7.30 - 9.30pm Tuesday March 6, 13, 20, 27
Where: Wide Angle @ 6 Washington Street, South Hobart
Cost: Available only to current WAT members - $25 for the month or $10 for casual attendance.
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Session 2 - March 13
Focus: Explore the concepts of a good story well told and how it takes a lot of work to be simple.
Guest Mentor: Ranald Allan
Ranald Allan has worked as a writer/developer for film and television since 1981. In feature film, Ranald wrote The Crossing, Luigi’s Ladies and Deadly. The Crossing was based on Ranald's short-listed Vogel’s Award novel of the same name and was Russell Crowe’s first leading role, securing him an AFI nomination. Deadly, a romantic thriller set against a background of black deaths in custody received an Awgie nomination as Best Original Feature and Luigi’s Ladies set during the 80’s financial crisis starred Wendy Hughes. He script doctored the features Day Of The Panther and the sequel, The Panther Strikes Back. Ranald worked in the UK developing an American feature Never Forget with Simon Langton, the director of the highly successful series Pride And Prejudice and Black Baby, a feature film adaptation of Clare Boylan’s award winning novel, set in Ireland.
In television, his writing credits include Raw FM, Fire and Clowning Around. He script edited Foxtel’s award winning 8 hour supernatural thriller, The Kettering Incident, the mini‑series, Jackaroo, the courtroom drama series Rafferty’s Rules and the children's series Haydaze and Ship to Shore. In documentary he wrote and directed South Hobart 7004 for the SBS ‘Australia By Numbers’ series and It’s A Heart Thing, broadcast in 2001.
Ranald ran the Script Office for Screen West in 1992 and 1993. He has worked as a script assessor for the Australian Film Commission and SBS. From 2005 to 2010 he was one of two external script managers for Film Victoria assessing all film and television projects submitted for script development. He has been a tutor and lecturer for the UK based Script Factory and European based Arista programs. In 2011 he was a Development Executive at Screen Australia and also served as a Development and Production Executive at Screen NSW in 2015.
Ranald has script edited many feature films and continues to assess feature scripts for Screen Australia, Screen Tasmania, Film Victoria and Screen NSW. In 2015 he received funding from Screen Australia to write an adaptation of the Miles Franklin nominated novel, Bereft. He is writing a family film Rainboy for producers Brian Rosen and Su Armstrong, working with David Batty developing his successful follow up to the Bush Mechanics television series, Black As, (65 million views worldwide) into a feature. As the Tasmanian Development Executive for Matchbox Pictures he is developing a slate of three television series for production in Tasmania. He is also helping develop the indigenous online series Yonni Come Lately with Tasmanian Aboriginal writers Nathan Maynard and Adam Thompson.