The Last Priestess of Avalon

Awarded:

  • Semifinalist (top 10%) – Screencraft Fellowship, 2018.
  • Top 12 Recommended Scripts – Scriptapalooza Fellowship 2017.
  • Top 10 Recommended Scripts – Scriptdoctor Contest of Contest Winners 2017.
  • Quarterfinalist (top 6%) – Shore Scripts 2017 (features)

Genre/Format/Status:  Historical Drama (Feature) (script)

Logline:

A Priestess of Avalon struggles to preserve her community’s traditions of healing and unity against the powers of the King and Bishop of the newly emerging Christian Church, who want to destroy the ancient rituals and take the Grail for themselves, with all its magic and power.

Synopsis:

Three archaeologists discover a mysterious grail and jar of papyrus scrolls under the Sphinx in Egypt.   Through reading these scrolls, the lead archaeologist learns of the story of the last priestess of Avalon – VIVIANE, written by her daughter SARAH.

As narrator, Sarah tells of the priestesses’ guardianship of the grail, their ancient bloodline and the philosophy of the Light, which they share with their brothers, the Knights of the Brotherhood of the Light.  We are told of the last days of this society, as the priestesses move to ensure they can prevail in the wider world off Avalon.

Two Hours From

Awarded:

  • Semifinalist – Shore Scripts 2018 (features)
  • Honorable Mention – Truant Screenplay Competition 2019 (an Animal Logic Company)
  • Finalist – AACTA ‘Isolation’ Pitch Comp 2020

Genre/Format/Status:

Psychological Thriller, Feature, Script

Logline:

After her corporate husband dies in mysterious circumstances, a struggling widow moves her children to the country for a life of safety and peace, only to find she is challenged to extremes to protect her children, animals and their land by an old bushman, who knows no limits.

Synopsis:

ANNIE WATERS is left betrayed and broke after her highflying corporate husband dies in mysterious circumstances.  Surprising friends and family Annie returns to the bush where she grew up as a young girl, to pursue an ‘honest life’ seeking safety and peace for herself and her children, only to find herself challenged to the use of her property by a violent and dangerous old bush squatter, RONNIE.    Annie has had enough of taking life lying down.  He has challenged the wrong girl!   Underestimated by all, we see Annie ‘cowgirl up’ to give Ronnie the fight of his life.   The locals wonder if she is losing her mind.  We wonder if she has it in her.  And all of this happens only two hours from ‘civilisation’!

Fallen Goddess

To command the heavens, she must first master earth!  

Logline:

A young goddess is busted back to Earth and made mortal after her parents decide she needs to grow up and get ready to lead her own realm and with only her handmaid for company, she must navigate the perils of a modern world to prove she is ready to go home.

Genre/Format/Satus:

Drama, Fantasy. 10 x 30 minute returnable series (in development)

 

Contact Megan for further details.

Perfect Messy Love

(Writer/Co-Producer)

Genre/Format/Status:

Romance Comedy, 9 x 8 min, (produced, with the assistance of Screen Queensland)

Watch the series on YouTube:  Perfect Messy Love

Logline:

An aspiring romance author accidentally tests her theories of perfect love when she develops an interest in her house swap partner while writing her first novel, only to find the man who could be her true love is anything but perfect, but the messy life that develops from their budding romance might be.

Synopsis:

EMILY (Em), an aspiring romance author, leads the perfect inner city life.  However after being left jobless and betrayed following the bookshop closing down and finding her boyfriend kissing Barbie outside the pub, Em is motivated by her bestie BIANACA, an aspiring actor, to go and write her book.  Perfect timing or not!

Em organises a house swap with MATT on the Sunshine Coast.  He’s an easy going landscape gardener and a bit of a country lad.  Definitely not her type!  Nor is his dog Bertie, he has lumped on her to care for, in this imperfect deal.

Em settles in to Matt’s beach house and embraces a Queensland Christmas.  She meets her neighbours Stella and daughter Lexi, and Stella’s hunky brother, James, the international pilot, who asks Em out.  Em is tempted but tries to resist, given he is exactly the type she has left behind in the city.

Meanwhile, Em and Matt develop a rapport over video chat, over the care of his dog and her perfect plants.  Matt encourages Em in her writing.  Em espouses her theories on love, in particular, that people have to have the same interests for the romance to survive.  Em is fascinated by Matt but holds back, as she’s not sure who the girl is in the photos in his house? And why won’t he talk about her? 

Matt also holds back.  He has secrets that he is sure Emily won’t accept.   Before Em has a chance to find out more, her bestie Bianca comes across Matt and starts a hot fling.  Em’s sad she missed out, so she decides she may as well give things a go with James.

When Matt comes home to Queensland unexpectedly, Emily and Matt are forced to confront their differences. Emily finds out Matt’s secret, and now she can see the truth of who he is – a nice bloke!  She falls for him all the more.  She must now decide where her heart lies and whether she can be true to herself.  She wants the perfect love but she is now finding out love can only ever be perfectly messy!

Sinjun

Logline:

An Australian horseman struggles to realise his dream of being a horse trainer and have his own property, while finding himself in the fight for his life to save his livelihood and herd from the harsh Australian outback.

Genre/Format/Status:

Drama, 4 x 1hr TV Series (in development)

Synopsis:

Sinjun has been raised in the Australian bush by his drover father and rag-a-muffin mates, after his mother dies giving birth to him.  We journey with this gentle and sensitive young man, as he tries to ‘man up’ under his father’s bastardry, to find his place in the world.

After being thrown out of home by his father at 12, Sinjun is required to find and train his own brumby as a means of transport and survival.  He develops a life-long bond with this horse he calls ‘Anzac’ and goes on to become the finest horseman of his generation.

Sinjun struggles to make a life for himself working horses when he meets and marries Angel, a dressage horsewoman from Sydney Highlands.   She falls in love with a bloke who has a dream.  She believes in his talent and will be the muse for him coming to accept himself and commit to his talent.   Sinjun takes her into the harshest of Australian climates to build a life.  Despite his livestock skills, hard work and great heart, he is driven to the edge by drought and financial hardship.

Godmother

Logline:

A runaway teenager’s quest for freedom turns into the fight for her life, after she joins the home of a spiritual leader known as ‘Godmother’.

Genre/Format/Status:

Drama, Psychological Thriller (feature) (script)

Synopsis:

BRIDIE, an overwhelmed, middle-class teenaged girl runs away from home to avoid her life as a student.  She meets a non-binary youth called KNOX, who shares an interest in art and graffiti.  Knox invites Bridie to seek shelter for one night and takes her home to meet ROSE, the ‘Godmother’.

As a pseudo-spiritual teacher, Rose encourages the girls to seek their personal freedom, as they shack up in her home and run the streets for amusement.   All merrily funded by social security, the household fulfills many unspoken deals with each other to keep the roof over their head and their various needs for acceptance and love met.

Bridie finds out very quickly she will need to choose between returning home and surrendering to the task of becoming a social citizen, or stay in this depraved place where she is able to avoid her life, but at what cost?

Bridie finagles her freedom at the cost of some of the hardest lessons for a young woman, until Godmother is killed by her own son, LUCAS.  He then attacks Bridie in a rage of his possessiveness until Knox rescues her.  Bridie then runs for her life.

After Rose dies, the youths are involuntarily freed to pursue their lives.  We see Bridie and Knox develop an unlikely friendship and make a life around their artistic pursuits.  Both are better for their friendship, and find acceptance in the mainstream for the individuals they are.

Godmother is set in western Sydney but could easily be rewritten for a US low socio economic status area or major Australian city.

Themes:

Creative avoidance.  Freedom isn’t free.  Motherhood and what it means to be a good mother and parent.  Various forms of the negative feminine and how it plays out in families and society.  What constitutes ‘normal behaviour’ and is it a choice?

Intended Audience:

15 – 25 year olds.

Tone:

Dark, edgy, leading towards the light, hopeful.

Comparisons:

Bad Boy Bubby, My Private Idaho, Kids.

Tagline:

How far are you prepared to go to get your freedom?

Kings Of Their Domain

Logline:

Two old mates quest to win their fortune at the racetrack so they can buy a house and live together in comfort, challenged by ailing health, poverty and an inability to declare their love for each other.

Genre/Format/Status:

Drama, Comedic elements, Feature Film (treatment)

Contact Megan for further details.