Writer – ongoing | Script Editor – May-Oct 2017
30’ serial drama | Produced by Fremantle Media
Australia’s longest running drama series and one of the country’s most successful exports, Neighbours has charted the tumultuous lives of Ramsay Street’s beloved residents (and relentlessly placed them in bathing suits through Melbourne’s winter months) for over thirty years. It’s launched the careers of numerous film and television professionals both in front of and behind the camera, and continues to captivate fans across the globe.
Watch Neighbours every weekday on Eleven or Tenplay Online (in Australia), or on Channel 5 (in the UK). You can visit the official Neighbours site here – http://www.neighbours.com/
Trainee Script Editor – Seasons 3 & 4 | Co-Writer – Episode 9, Season 4
10 x 1 hour drama series | Produced by Playmaker Media
Set in Sydney’s notorious Kings Cross during the late 60s and early 70s, Love Child follows the lives of the girls and women forced by their families and society into giving up their babies for adoption at the fictional Stanton House, a home for unwed mothers. Featuring a killer soundtrack and stellar cast including Jess Marais, Mandy McElhinney and Miranda Tapsell, Love Child quickly became the most popular drama series in the country with its heart-wrenching stories of women at a crossroads.
Love Child first screened on Channel Nine in Australia. You can catch up on the entire series at 9Now here – https://www.9now.com.au/love-child
MAURICE’S BIG ADVENTURE
Series Development | Writer – three episodes
5 min preschool series | Produced by FredBird Entertainment
Presented by ‘Play School’ favourites Justine Clarke and Miranda Tapsell, Maurice’s Big Adventure captures the joy and trepidation of all the ‘firsts’ children face during their preschool years – their first day of school, their first birthday party, their first sleepover – giving kids a fun and optimistic guide to all the wonderful new adventures that await them.
Maurice’s Big Adventure first screened on ABC Children’s and ABC iView.
HOOT HOOT GO!
Development Consultant | Writer – five episodes
5 min preschool series | Produced by ABC Children’s and ABC Commercial
A spin-off series of ABC’s stupendously popular ‘Giggle & Hoot’ brand, Hoot, Hoot, Go! is all about friendship and teamwork. Whenever someone needs help, owl pals Hoot, Hootabelle and Hootly work together to fix the problem – hoot pow!
In 2017, Wendy Hanna was nominated for an Australian Writer’s Guild Award for her Hoot, Hoot, Go! script, ‘Giggle Fangs is too good at Hoot and Seek’.
Hoot, Hoot, Go! first screened on ABC Children’s and ABC iView in Australia.
Script & Story Editor – 52 episodes | Writer – episode ‘Sydney’s Slip-Up’
52 x 15 min animated preschool series (aka Bubble Bath Bay) | Produced by Essential Media & Entertainment
Sail away to a world of fun and adventure with Sydney the sailboat and Zip the water taxi as they learn to ride the waves with their friends in bustling Bubble Bath Bay… This ambitious cgi animated production was a three-way co-production between Australia’s Essential, Ireland’s Telegael and Malaysia’s Ideate. After being part of the creative development of this project, it was great to have the opportunity to see the whole process through by jumping on board as Script & Story Editor in production, under the wonderful guidance of Gina Roncoli (Script Producer) and Steve Trenbirth (Series Director).
Sydney Sailboat first aired on ABC Kids through 2015.
Series Concept Co-Creator and Format Development
13 x 24’ teen factual entertainment format | Produced by Essential Media & Entertainment
26 young Australians tell their stories, in the own words, about the day that changed their life forever. It was an absolute privilege to have helped steer this fantastic series through development, and I’m so proud of the team who made it a reality. Kudos to ABC3 and the ACTF for seeing its potential and making it possible. The series first screened mid 2014 on ABC3. Produced by Essential Media and Entertainment. Distributed by ACTF. For more information, visit the ACTF’s online catalogue here.
DATING THE H*BOMB
30′ documentary | Produced by LaLa Pictures
Developed with my dear friend, director Jay Court, this documentary was broadcast on ABC2 and screened at the Cockatoo Island Film Festival. It received some really great reviews, including:
“If you’re not rolling on the floor with laughter within the first five minutes, there is something wrong with your funny bone.” Jacqui Bahr, The West Australian
“Court, Hanna and producer Andrew Arbuthnot have done well here, particularly with their use of puppets, a deceptively clever device that not only frees up the participants but also universalizes their experiences.” Tim Elliot, The Guide, Sydney Morning Herald
Dating the H*Bomb was made through the assistance of the Metro Screen Jumpstart Program, and developed and produced in association with the ABC and financed with the assistance of Screen Australia. For rights enquiries, please contact producer Andrew Arbuthnot at Lala Pictures. If you so wish, feel free to take a look at this ‘making of’ video that features yours truly, along with the director and producer, all of us trying very hard to look professional.