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Ella Dorman-Gajic

Ella is a published playwright, screenwriter, poet and performer of Serbian and Austrian heritage. Described as “impassioned” by The Guardian, Ella’s work is grounded in the female experience with an interest in sexual politics, coming-of-age and immigration. Her 5-star stage play TRADE premiered at Omnibus Theatre (VAULT Transfer Season), supported by Arts Council England and won an OffCom Award. It went onto an Arts Council Funded UK tour in 2023, starting with a sell-out at The Pleasance Theatre and finishing with another sell-out show at Norwich Arts Centre.

Her debut short film, the award-winning BACK OF THE NET (executive produced by Depot Cinema) is multi-award-nominated and has been selected for several BIFA-accredited festivals.

Ella has been nominated for several playwriting awards, most recently the Theatre503 International Playwriting Award for her play DIVIDED. Ella holds a first-class degree in Scriptwriting & Performance from UEA, is an alumnus of National Youth Theatre, New Writing South’s Young Writers, Roundhouse Poetry Collective, Apples & Snakes Writing Room and was Broken Silence Theatre’s first Writer in Residence.

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Tiarnan O’Sullivan

Tiarnan is an award-nominated Writer and Director with over a decade of experience working in Film and Television in both the UK and Ireland. Tiarnan primarily works in comedy and has written and directed several festival-touring short films, a micro-budget feature film, and has collaborated with a number of comedians and actors – including Omid Djalili, Paul Reiser, Adrian Dunbar, Sir Ian McKellen, Ray Winstone – on various TV pilots, sketches, music videos and live shows. 

Most recently, Tiarnan’s dark comedy short film LAID TO REST premiered at the Fastnet Film Festival in Schull, Ireland, before going on to screen at various national and international film festivals. Alongside this, Tiarnan was also the 2nd Unit Director on the Apple TV comedy TRYING starring Imelda Staunton, Rafe Spall and Esther Smith. 

Tiarnan previously optioned drama series TO THE GRAVE to Escape Films, and now has a number of exciting projects in both the comedy and drama genres that he is developing for 2024.

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Cal McGhee

Award-winning Irish LGBT screenwriter and development executive with a passion for genre-skewed works. Cal’s work ranges from dark drama and psychological thriller to elevated horror, grounded sci-fi, comedy and even children’s stories – always passionate about writing bold, fun, offbeat content that pushes boundaries and reflects salient contemporary issues. Cal has been a development executive at Tailored Films in Dublin for 5 years and currently manages a lean slate including feature films and scripted TV series. His first series in funded development, YESTERDAY’S GIRL, is with TG4 and Creative Europe.

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Sarah Richardson

Sarah Richardson is an award-winning playwright. Her debut play, GirlPlay, won “Best Digital Experience” at Stockholm Fringe 2020 before being selected for Mervyn Stutter’s Pick of the Fringe in Edinburgh 2022. Her one woman show, Sun Bear, was developed in a residency at Gothenburg Fringe 2023, where the production won the “Simply the Best” award. Sarah was recently awarded the DYCP grant for the development of her new play, Daisy Chains, which won the runner up prize for The Ambassador Theatre Group Playwright’s Prize in association with Platform Presents 2023.

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Leon Oldstrong

Leon Oldstrong founded Solaris2 Media to create the films and TV programmes he wanted to see growing up. A self-taught, passionately humane writer and film maker, Leon is committed to telling authentic, unapologetic, stories about underrepresented groups. As versatile as he is creative, he writes across genres and his poetic imagination and unique voice have won him many awards. His current project in development is a dramedy series, set against a London dreamscape, executive produced by Cush Jumbo.

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Andrew Lynch

A writer passionate about creating stories that centre on marginalised and underrepresented groups – stories that not only entertain but also spark debate and conversation. Andrew began his career in theatre, with his first play DEATH ROW COWBOY transferring from Dublin to London. Moving to film, Andrew co-produced and wrote the multi award-winning short film BRENDA, and created the minidocumentary REBIRTH, both of which aired on RTÉ. Supported by Screen Ireland on the Spotlight Development Scheme, he developed his feature film FISHSCALE and recently completed the BBC Writersroom Voices programme where he developed the TV series ROUTE ’94. Andrew is currently working with Yellow Film & TV, who have optioned his original TV series.

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Cal McGhee

Award-winning Irish LGBT screenwriter and development executive with a passion for genre-skewed works. Cal’s work ranges from dark drama and psychological thriller to elevated horror, grounded sci-fi, comedy and even children’s stories. Cal enjoys writing bold, fun, offbeat content that pushes boundaries and reflects salient contemporary issues, often through a genre lens. Cal has been a development executive at Tailored Films in Dublin for 5 years and currently manages a lean slate including feature films and scripted TV series. Cal’s first series in funded development, YESTERDAY’S GIRL, is financed in development with TG4 and Creative Europe.

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Eve Connolly

Eve is a writer and actor from Kildare. She has worked in film and television since graduating from the Gaiety School of Acting in 2016. Her writing focuses on the relationships between women. She writes character-driven scripts that strive to capture the complexities of our most intimate relationships. She recently graduated from Atlantic Technological University with a first-class Honours Degree in Writing & Literature and is currently developing a number of projects for both film and television. ONE DAY YOU’LL THANK ME is in development with Port Pictures (EP Martina Niland).

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Kevin Walls

Kevin’s first short film, IDENTICAL, won a British Academy Scotland New Talent Award in 2015. He is a graduate of the MATV Fiction Writing programme at Glasgow Caledonian University with a scholarship from Warner Bros. Creative Talent. Kevin was also a part of the inaugural BBC Writersroom Scottish Voices Group.

His short film WHEN ABBIE MET EMMY premiered at BFI Flare in 2019 and DOUBLE WORD SCORE was selected as part of the DepicT! 2020 programme at the Encounters Film Festival. Kevin is currently writing for the BBC Scotland continuing drama, RIVER CITY.

Recent credits: THE CONSCIOUS CLOSET – BBC Scotland; EAT THE TOWN – BBC Scotland; WHEN ABBIE MET EMMY – Sonorous Films;  IDENTICAL – Sonorous Films; WHEN PISH COMES TO SHOVE – BBC Writersroom.

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Maureen O’Connell

A graduate of RADA, with a BA in Acting and a Film Production Diploma from Ballyfermot College, Maureen (Mo) O’Connell has made several award-winning shorts and an award-winning, micro-budget, slacker comedy feature film, SPA WEEKEND.

Some credits include – 2022: HAVEN (multi-award-winning) Semi-Finalist Flickers Rhode Island Intl Film Fest 2023 and Best Short Film B3 Biennale 2023 – 2022: BRUISE (multi-award-winning) Official Selection Galway Film Fleadh 2022 and Best Arthouse Fastnet Film Festival 2023 – HUM (multi-award-winning) Winner of the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Emerging Lens Film Festival 2021 – 2019: SPA WEEKEND (multi-award-winning feature) Winner of Best International Feature at Polish International Film Festival 2020 and Winner of SHE IS ON FIRE Award Berlin Female Filmmakers Film Fest 2019.

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Sam Atwell

Sam has produced the six-part drama NORTHERN LIGHTS for Lionsgate and Deadpan and was then Head of Development for Deadpan. Prior to this he was the Drama Development Executive for RTÉ where he worked on HIDDEN ASSETS, SMOTHER and NORTH SEA CONNECTION as well as their development and production slate. He Executive Produced the three storyland titles, MUSTARD, EVERY FIVE MILES and BALOR HALL and the short films, PICTURE DAY, FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE and THE WALL. Has been the inhouse story-editor for animation company, JAM Media and Script Producer for RTÉ’s, FAIR CITY where he directed multiple blocks. He has written, directed and script edited for ATN Seven’s HOME AND AWAY in Sydney and currently has multiple shows in development. 

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Mary Kate O Flanagan

Award-winning writer, journalist and story consultant working in the film and television industry. She has designed and delivered training in Storytelling On The Screen across the world and works as a credited co-writer and an uncredited script doctor. Several of Mary Kate’s projects have been award Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland development funding, including SPARTACUS RISING, a television series co-written with Gavin Ryan; HEART OF DARKNESS, an adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s novella; and the original feature screenplays for MY HUCKLEBERRY FRIEND, AIRLIFT TO BIAFRA (an adaptation of the true life story of Father Tony Byrne) and KICKING THE HABIT. Mary Kate was Ireland’s First Grand Slam Champion Storyteller at The Moth. She was also a Grand Slam Champion Storyteller at The Moth in Los Angeles and a Champion Storyteller at The Dublin StorySlam. You can hear one of her stories on The Moth Radio Hour – – and on Tik Tok, where it has amassed over one million views –

Mary Kate has turned her true-life stories into a piece of theatre, MAKING A SHOW OF MYSELF, which received standing ovations and rave reviews in its sellout run during November/December 2023 and beyond – find out more here

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Sinead O’Loughlin

2022: LAMB – Screen Ireland Focus Short; Winner of the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Cork International Film Festival 2022; Official Selection at Tribeca Film Festival 2022; Nominated for 2023 IFTA Award for Best Short Film; 2016: HOMECOMING – Winner of Best Narrative Short Film at Kerry International Film Festival 2016. 2023: VOCATION – Feature Film Screenplay in development with Screen Ireland and Coper Alley Productions.

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Conor McMahon

2022: NO WORRIES IF NOT – TV sketch series for RTE Television; 2021: LET THE WRONG ONE IN – Comedy Horror – Feature Film written and directed by Conor McMahon and starring Anthony Head funded by Screen Ireland; Winner of Jury Prize at Screamfest. 2021: Nominated for Best Director and Best Screenplay at the Irish Film and Television Academy Awards 2023. 2014: FROM THE DARK – Horror Feature Film written by Damian Fox and Conor McMahon, directed by Conor McMahon and Starring Niamh Algar; premiered at Fantastic Fest 2014. 2012: STITCHES – Comedy Horror – Feature Film written by David O’Brien and Conor McMahon, directed by Conor McMahon and starring Ross Noble; Winner of the Carmel Jove Jury Award at Sitges 2012. 2009: THE DISTURBED – Horror Feature Film written and directed by Conor McMahon and starring Carla McGlynn; premiered at Galway Film Fleadh 2009. 2004: DEAD MEAT – Comedy Horror Feature Film written and directed by Conor McMahon and starring Marian Araujo.

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Michael Kinirons

Award-winning Irish screenwriter and director. He studied English and Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin and went on to study directing at the prestigious National Film and Television School, (NFTS) London. He has had projects selected for the Torino Film Lab, the Britlist, eQuinoxe, EAVE and is a Berlinale Talent Campus alumni. Michael’s first produced feature as screenwriter, STRANGERLAND, an Australian set mystery drama starring Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving and Joe Fiennes, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, 2015. THE SPARROW, Michael’s feature film debut as writer/director, premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh 2022 where it won Best First Irish Feature. Subsequently, it won the meeting point audience award at Valladolid Film Festival and has been nominated for two Irish Film and Television Awards.

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Caroline Grace-Cassidy

Caroline is The Irish Times bestselling author of nine novels and has been translated into various languages. She is also a Screenwriter and Creative Director of Document Films. As a Screenwriter she has written and directed seven successful short films that have played at festivals all over the world, including a Galway Film Fleadh winning short and she was also the recipient of the Cineuropa award.

Caroline has co-written her first feature film, BRIDE SQUAD, optioned by Vico Films, IRL and Myriad Pictures, US. Her second feature THE QUIET WOMAN is being developed with support from Screen Ireland. Caroline is currently writing her first TV drama, MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME – again with development funding from Screen Ireland. She adapted her novel, THE WEEK I RUINED MY LIFE, for TV supported by the BAI & Canadian Media Fund. Caroline has also written for Irelands longest running soap, FAIR CITY. She is also a regular panellist on Ireland’s popular all female talk show ‘Midday’.

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Ben Conway

2023: In development SOMEWHERE IN NORWAY – Take Ten Productions. 2022: ONE WAY – Feature Film directed by Andrew Baird and starring Kevin Bacon and Travis Fimmel. International Sales by Highland Film Group. 2021: NIGHTRIDE – Feature Film directed by Stephen Fingleton and starring Moe Dunford. Winner of Best Actor Award (Moe Dunford) at Irish Film and Television Awards 2022); 2022: SIMON – Short Film written and directed by Ben Conway and Peter J McCarthy and starring Aaron Monaghan – premiered at Galway Film Fleadh 2022 – won Best Drama and Best Irish Film at Fastnet Film Festival 2023; ; 2021: BUGALOO – Short Film written and directed by Ben Conway and Peter J MCarthy and starring Moe Dunford; premiered at Galway Film Fleadh 2021.

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Paul Burke

Paul has written some of the UK’s favourite and best known TV and radio commercials. He has won various awards for his writing including: D&AD, Creative Circle and the Aerials. He was also presented with a Radio Academy Fellowship at the House of Lords. In 2001, his first novel FATHER FRANK was published to great critical acclaim. He followed this with three more – UNTORN TICKETS in 2003, THE MAN WHO FELL IN LOVE WITH HIS WIFE in 2005 and THE LIFE OF REILLY in 2007. More recently, he has turned to screenwriting. He is currently adapting UNTORN TICKETS into a screenplay and has THE HUTS, a TV comedy drama, in development with the BBC. He has also adapted FATHER FRANK for the screen with Mallinson Television Productions.

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Roisin Agnew

Roisin Agnew is a writer and filmmaker based in London. She’s the recipient of Arts Council Ireland’s Next Generation Artist Award in Literature 2020/21 and she’s currently in development with HIT WHERE IT HURTS, her first feature film with Screen Ireland, attached as writer/director. Roisin’s writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Irish Times, Elephant Magazine, Dazed & Confused, and Vice. She’s recently written an exhibition text for Jupiter Woods and has a forthcoming piece in Another Gaze.  Roisin is currently directing a documentary for Erica Starling Productions with the support of Northern Ireland Screen.  Roisin has also written for Playstation games and teaches screenwriting at the London Film School.

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Paul Walker

Paul is an award winning stage and screenwriter whose work includes the award-winning STARDUST, RED ROCK and CALL THE MIDWIFE along with writing for international series such as THE PROFESSIONALS with Brendan Fraser. He has worked in a variety of writers’ rooms, and was the showrunner on RED ROCK. He has worked as a consultant on a variety of series including the upcoming LIBERTIES and works regularly as a mentor for new writers. His recent podcast series for BBS, OBSCENE: A DUBLIN SCANDAL recently won gold at the prestigious New York Festival awards.

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Stephen Jones

NORTHERN LIGHTS I & II (TV Adaptation of his stage play) –  6 Episodes for Deadpan Pictures/Lionsgate; ADAPTING (radio play) – RTE Drama on One; SUMMERHILL (play); THE COUPLE OF PEACE (play); THE BILLY GOATS OF GLENVIEW PARK (YA Novel). NORTHERN LIGHTS(play)– Theatre Upstairs, Dublin; NORTHERN LIGHTS (radio adaptation)– RTÉ Drama on One; FROM EDEN (play) – Theatre Upstairs, Dublin & National Tour, Ireland; FROM EDEN(radio adaptation) – RTÉ Drama on One. A CERTAIN ROMANCE (play)– Druid Theatre; THE GOO (5 part- web series) – Youtube.

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Mark O’Connor

Mark O’ Connor is an Irish writer/director. 2009/10: His debut feature film BETWEEN THE CANALS was released theatrically throughout Ireland and the UK. 2011/13: feature film KING OF THE TRAVELLERS was released in 150 territories worldwide on VOD. 2013: STALKER feature film featuring the first lead role of acclaimed actor Barry Keoghan; 2016: IFTA award-winning CARDBOARD GANGSTERS, which won 8 awards on the international festival circuit before worldwide rights to the film were sold to Netflix. 2023: Mark wrote and directed the six-part IFTA-nominated crime drama DARKLANDS for Virgin Media. 2020 to now: CELTS Creator/Writer/Director TV show currently in development with support from EU,  Creative Media and Screen Ireland and produced by Samson Films. 2022 to 2023: OUI CANNES Writer/Director – currently filming. 2023: THE DUBLINERS Creator/Writer/Director – Five-part television show in early-stage development.

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Drew Taylor-Wilson

Drew Taylor-Wilson [they/them] is a neurodivergent, queer creative working in TV, Film and Theatre. They are an award-winning theatre director, playwright, facilitator and theatre artist development specialist, trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. They have recently completed a Masters in TV Fiction Writing from Glasgow Caledonian University – after receiving the David McLellan full scholarship for the programme. 

“A glittering colossus” [Metro] Drew writes to advocate for seldom heard voices, creating bold contemporary queer stories that de-stigmatise mental health difficulties. Their plays have been seen across the UK, they are a former performance poet and frequently bend genre and form in both screen and stage writing. Drew makes socio-political performance with participants at all levels of experience [or none]. Their practice asks an audience to question their societal norms, engaging with low-brow glitz, crafted with sophisticated dramaturgy. Their work is blackly comedic, athletically delivered and beats with a poetic heart. Drew is the former Artistic Director of Performance Collective Stranraer, co-director of Sanctuary Queer Arts, and works freelance as a Writer, Director and Dramaturg, often with spoken word artists.  

Drew has been commissioned by Take Me Somewhere [Glasgow], Brighton International Festival, Commonwealth Games 2014 Cultural Festival, and most recently by Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 

Their first TV script QUAIR PEOPLE is currently optioned by LA based Stampede Ventures.
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Toni Benedetti

Toni, sometimes ‘Bones’, is a screenwriter who specialises in fantasy and horror writing. Having completed an MA in Writing for Television at Glasgow Caledonian University in 2019, she has spent the pandemic researching for a PhD in writing practices for British television while developing her own original scripts. She has dabbled in many artforms – acting, combat, vocalist, novelist, poet, artist – over the last ten years, making her work detailed and insightful in surprising ways.

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Daisy Jo Lucas

Award-winning writer who came to writing whilst performing in theatres across London and Glasgow. After being awarded a full merit-based scholarship, Daisy studied a Masters in Television Fiction at Caledonian University and was subsequently mentored through the development of an original pilot by writer and show runner Liz Lake. Daisy’s first short film EGG was awarded Best Drama Short by the Europe Film Festival and her audio drama THE PARTY was shortlisted for BBC Open Scripts. Daisy was selected for the BBC Writersroom Scottish Voices 2023 cohort and has recently written for BBC Scotland’s continuing drama RIVER CITY.

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Denise Deegan

Denise Deegan is an Irish novelist and PAGE Award-winning screenwriter who tackles issues of loss and injustice through a prism of light and humour. Winner of The Pitch Film Fund, Denise’s comedy short about homelessness, THE INNKEEPER,  is on the festival circuit. A writer on Ireland’s longest running serial drama, Denise has two TV series and three features in development. Ireland’s film body, Screen Ireland, has supported three of her projects with development funding. Denise’s new psychological thriller, THOUGHT I KNEW YOU, is an Academy Nicholl Fellowship Quarterfinalist and Final Draft Big Break Semi-finalist. A former nurse, medical and psychological storylines regularly bubble up in her work.

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Rosa Hesmondhalgh

Rosa Hesmondhalgh is a Northern writer who trained as an actor at LAMDA and graduated in 2017. Shortly after graduating, Rosa was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and left the industry to go through treatment. Whilst on chemo, she started writing about her experiences with cancer on a blog, Madame Ovary. After the blog was shared over 50,000 times online, she turned it into a one woman play of the same name that opened at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2019, was picked up for a UK Tour, won Vault Festival’s Pick of the Pleasance award and went on to receive its US premiere in Philadelphia in November 2023.

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Dave Tynan

Dave is an award-winning director/writer who has directed over a dozen short films and one feature film, DUBLIN OLDSCHOOLHis feature premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in 2018 and enjoyed nationwide cinema distribution. Notable shorts include JUST SAYING, ROCKMOUNT, THE CHERISHING, WE FACE THIS LAND, HEARTBREAK and A CONCRETE SONG. Many of these have received critical acclaim – including two IFTAs and two selections for The Nuits En Or tour, The Best Worldwide Short Films as chosen by L’Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma – as well as viral success, with total views in the millions.

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Fiona Tuohy

Following a successful career as a finance professional in the TV and Film Industry, Fiona is now a scriptwriter of original stories that capitalize on Irish humour, with international appeal.

In May 2023, Fiona successfully completed a shadow script for the new TV version of the Gerard Butler “Has Fallen” franchise, PARIS HAS FALLEN which started PP in June 2023. She has been invited to write on Season 2.

Yellow Film have optioned a TV pilot Fiona co-wrote, with a writer’s room planned for later in 2023.

Fiona’s feature THE MOUNT, was selected for Screen Ireland Spotlight emerging talent scheme, which was optioned by 925 Productions and has recently secured further funding.

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Will Jewell

Award-winning screenwriter and director, Will has a large range of experience in creating unique and acclaimed work. His breadth encompasses feature thrillers, a music documentary, children’s web series, short films and serial dramas. 

Will’s short film MAN IN FEAR was BAFTA longlisted, his scripted web drama BOW STREET RUNNER (Channel 4) won a Children’s BAFTA and he was selected for the BFI’s Think Shoot Distribute scheme. Will’s most recent feature CONCRETE PLANS starred Kevin Guthrie, Steve Speirs, Amber Rose Revah and Goran Bogdan and was released in the US in March and in the UK in November 2020. 

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Adipat Virdi

Adipat is a transmedia storyteller, specialising both in story world-building for real-world social change and in dynamic audience engagement strategy. Adipat is an award-winning writer / director. His immersive project, KILLING HONOUR was a finalist at the Sundance New Frontier Story Lab. He has directed for TV, Theatre, Film and Virtual Reality (VR).

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Michael E. Ward

Michael Ward was born and raised in India. A veteran of business and the arts in the West, he brings what is good about the UK film industry – good IP management, rigorous script development and third-party financial accountability – to India; and brings what is good about the Indian film industry – fantastic storylines, technical production skills and film-mad audiences – to the attention of external producers and financiers.

Married to film director Pia Sukanya, Michael intends to keep building a bridge between Indian talent and the wider world. In India, his focus is on low budget high concept films, the first being BOMBAIRIYA, a comic thriller aimed at ‘multiplex’ audiences who are hungry for differentiated content. However, holding film and TV rights to M. M. Kaye’s epic novel THE FAR PAVILIONS means Michael is keen to associate with international producers who can help turn it into an international television series.

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Louise Geraghty

A trained improviser with a Film Degree from IADT, Louise is an award-winning screenwriter whose unique voice spans the genres of Comedy, Comedy-Drama and Action/Suspense Thrillers.

Past TV credits include the Irish-Australian FOREIGN EXCHANGE and the BAFTA Winning CUSTER’S LAST STAND UP. 

Of her feature scripts SHELL GAME was a finalist in the 2019 Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Contest; BUT THEN THERE WERE TWO was an Official Selection of the 2021 Thriller/Suspense Film & Writing Festival; and A CHRISTMAS WEDDING won the 2020 WriteMovies Romance & Comedy Award. 

Louise’s supernatural Comedy-Drama TV series THE DAUGHTERHOOD is in development with a production company in Ireland.

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Gavin Burke

Gavin is a Dublin-based screenwriter and lecturer. He has a degree in Film & Television from ATU Galway and a MA in Screenwriting from The National Film School (IADT). Gavin’s last four screenplays have received development funding from Screen Ireland and all are in development with Irish production companies. Among them is PATASHNIK, a sci-fi directed by Bruno Samper and Kristina Buoztye (Vesper) and produced by Samson Films, THIS YEAR’S MODEL and THIS IS GOING TO SOUND WEIRD (both developed by Tiger Darling). In October 2023 Gavin attended the eQuinoxe Screenwriter’s Workshop. Gavin has been shortlisted for the Untitled Screenwriting Award.

Gavin also lectures modules on Irish Film and the History of Screenwriting at IADT and has lectured at other institutions (ATU Sligo, University of Plymouth). He has been a script reader and script editor for Screen Ireland since 2016. He has also provided coverage on a regular basis for various Irish production companies like Port Pictures, Samson Films, Janey Pictures and more. Currently, Gavin is a script editor for Igloo Animations and is providing maternity cover for Wild Atlantic Pictures in a development executive capacity.

A former film critic, he contributed reviews to RTE,, Film Ireland, The Irish Examiner and The Irish Independent from 2005-2018. He was a producer and presenter of film show Cinerama on Phantom 105.2, and has chaired discussions on film at the Irish Film Institute, Digital Biscuit and Dublin International Film Festival.

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Maria Ward

Maria Ward is an experienced scriptwriter writing successful shows for All3Media, Acorn TV and ITV. Maria also has vast experience as a script doctor and is currently developing scripts for MA graduates of Glasgow Caledonian University.

Credits include: VAN DER VALK I, II and III – Company Pictures; CANNES CONFIDENTIAL – Dramacorp; AGATHA RAISIN IV and V – Company Pictures/Free@last; MIDSOMER MURDERS – Bentley/ ITV.

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Pierce Ryan

Pierce is an award winning writer whose second feature BLACK ’47 became the highest grossing Irish feature film of 2018, taking over two million dollars worldwide and winning the 2019 IFTA for Best Film.

2023: THE LIBERTIES – in development with Screen Ireland and 925 Production; 2021-22: MANSOUR – Bidaya Media; 2020-22: THE LIBERTIES – 925 Productions; 2019: In Development – Original screenplay with Samson Films and Hail Mary Pictures; 2018: BLACK 47 – Fastnet Films; 2014: STANDBY – Black Sheep Productions; 2012: FAIR CITY – RTE; 2010: RUNNERS – short film; 2008: AN RANGER – short film; 2005: JELLYBABY – short film; 2002: SMALLTALK – short film.

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David Beton

David is a screen-writer/director with 8 feature-film credits and 17 TV credits. His latest movie, The Sky Original thriller, INTO THE DEEP was released globally in 2022. His Netflix mystery-thriller CONFESSION, starring Colm Meaney and Stephen Moyer, was released to a worldwide audience in January 2022 with a glowing review in The New York Times. His movie TOWER BLOCK (Sheridan Smith, Jack O’Connell) won the Grand Prize at the SITGES FILM FESTIVAL and THE HATTON GARDEN JOB (Matthew Goode, Larry Lamb, Phil Daniels, Jolie Richardson, Stephen Moyer) received a nomination at the NATIONAL FILM AWARDS. The latter sold every territory worldwide after VOLTAGE PICTURES screened it at BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL 2017.

David has written for both TV and film, working closely with producers in both – understanding the creative and practical side of the businesses. He has directed on both single and multi-camera productions.

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Louise Jameson

Having written poems and short stories all her life, Louise has now established herself as a scriptwriter for stage and audio and is moving into TV.

In Development: A WOMAN’S PLACE – TV series;  SISTER SISTER – Film; THE RELUCTANT HERO – Audio.

Credits: PULLING FACES – UK, US and Australia tour; MY GAY BEST FRIEND – Hope Theatre; DRIVING ME ROUND THE BEND – Seven Oaks Festival, The Space; SHAKESPEARE’S MISTRESSSIXTH POSITION – One Festival, The Space;  BEWARE THE GOBLIN MEN – audio short story for children.

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Sharon Walia

Sharon lives and works in Nottingham as a video journalist formerly for Notts TV. Engaging with topics such as the refugee crisis, FGM, and even guinea pigs. Her debut documentary THE MOVEMENT was made by National Amusements in 2018. Described as ‘highly impressive’ (Eye for Film) and ‘practically criticism-proof’ (The Guardian). In Development: KEEPER OF THE PIGS, IRAQI MIME and PETALS OF FLESH.

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Shreepali Patel

Shreepali is a BAFTA and multi-award-winning transmedia director, writer and artist working across both broadcast and non-broadcast platforms – with experience in film, TV, radio, music videos, exhibitions, virtual reality and multi-screen video installations.

A former BBC producer/director she is also Professor of Film (University of Arts London) and presents internationally. Credits include: THE FRONTLINE (Producer/Director, AHRC); DRUNK? (Producer/Director, ERC); STORIES IN TRANSITION (Producer, AHRC); THE CROSSING (international multiscreen installation);  CIRCUS – Producer/Director, Music Video for Daisy and the Dark; THE GOLDEN WINDOW – Director – International gallery and cinema screenings; DAWN (Director, BAFTA Short Film Winner); THE ENGLISH SURGEON – 2nd Unit Director Eyeline Films/BBC/ITVS EMMY Award Winner).

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Amanda Keats

Amanda has worked as a book editor for Little, Brown Book Group and Robert Hale Ltd. She has extensive writing experience, making contributions to SCIFINOW, HEYUGUYS, EMPIRE, LITTLE WHITE LIES and more. She currently has a novel and a TV series in development for her SF idea THE PAIRING and has written THE EIGHT DAYS OF CHRISTMAS, a Chanukah romance based in London (a story inspired by her own multi-faith family) and RESIST, a spy drama that pits mother against daughter.

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Tom Sullivan

Tom Sullivan is an award-winning writer and director who was born in Dublin and studied Earth Science at University College Galway. After graduating in 1995, he began acting and has worked consistently in film and television since then. In 2010, Tom began writing and directing short films. His first short, ASAL(2011), premiered at the 2011 Galway Film Festival where it won the Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama. Tom has consistently created award-winning content since then, including his debut feature film ARRACHT (2019) which was nominated for 11 IFTAs (and won two), won The Critics Circle Award Virgin Dublin Film Festival, Audience award at Glasgow Int. Film Festival, Best Film at Kimolos Int. Film Festival and was chosen to represent Ireland in the Best International Feature Film category at the Academy awards 2021.

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Stephen Lord

Work includes: RING RING – Genesis Pictures; NOTES ON FALLING LEAVES – Genesis Pictures; MY MA & ME – Genesis Pictures; CHECK OUT – Propulsion Pictures;  THE BULLRING – 7 Storey Media/All3 Media; ORDAINED – Grand Pictures; BEYOND THE PALE – Blinder Pictures; HIT! – Original comedy series; THE WRONG’UNS – Vertigo Films & Emotion Pictures (Film in Development); DR HOO – webisode and mobisode Series Virgin Media/Leg Production; GETTING ON – Animated Pilot Slinky Pictures/Lord UK; UNTITLED – Short Film True Productions; SO – Short Film True Productions; IT”S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD – Comedy Documentary LEG Production.

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Linda Ludwig & James Curle

Linda Ludwig & James Curle are an award-winning English/German writing and directing duo whose work has screened at OSCAR, BAFTA & BIFA qualifying festivals globally. As a neuro-divergent directing duo, they are interested in stories about unique perspectives, about characters who don’t fit the convention.

Their Cannes-winning debut short MAN OF THE HOUR, starring Charlotte Ritchie, was reviewed as “among the best short films ever” by MovieViral. Their debut feature script MAN WITHOUT HEART, a drama about neurodiversity, was placed as Quarterfinalist in both the ScreenCraft Feature competition and the Raindance Script Competition 2021. Their latest film UNDER THE BLUE is now on the festival circuit and already BIFA-qualified and Winner of Best Director Drama Honourable Mention in the London Director Awards 2024, Best UK Short Film at Unrestricted View FF 2024, Best Crime at Beeston FF 2024, “Wolf Award” Best Film Overall & Best Short & Best Cinematography at Wolverhampton FF
2024, and it has also received Best Director & Best Actress nominations at Unrestricted View FF 2024 and Best Actress
& Best Colourist at Wolverhampton FF 2024.

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Chris Murray

Chris has been working as Showrunner on Amsterdam-based detective series VAN DER VALK (Company Pictures/All3 Media) which he created, sells to over 90 countries and is into its fifth Season. Simultaneously he co-created Cote d’Azur based detective series CANNES CONFIDENTIAL (Viaplay/TF1). He is developing an occult detective series, THE SOUL HUNTER (Stampede Ventures/CBS International) and continues to write for MIDSOMER MURDERS (Company Pictures/All3 Media) and AGATHA RAISIN (Company Pictures/Free At Last). Previously, for the BBC he created police series MERSEYBEAT, which ran for four Seasons, and medical series DOCTORS. A decade ago, he took time out to do a Masters Degree in Western Esotericism (the study of alternative belief systems and the occult) and now aims to work predominantly on ideas with a magical or supernatural element.

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Nicholas Lane

Playwright: CHRISTMAS CAROL  – Shakespeare North Playhouse; SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE SIGN OF THE FOUR – Black Eyed Theatre; FRANKENSTEIN – Black Eyed Theatre; MY FAVOURITE SUMMER – La Compagnie Bewitched; THE STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE – Caxton Theatre, Grimsby; GINGER JONES AND THE SULTAN’S EYE – York Theatre; 1984 – Sandra Feinstein Gamm Theatre; 1984 – The Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Cafe; LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER (Adaptation) – on Tour, Hull Truck Theatre; 1984 – Northern Broadsides Touring Company throughout England; 2006-Present: Associate Director, Hull Truck Theatre Company. Other work: THE DERBY MCQUEEN AFFAIR and THE SNOW QUEEN


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Sanjeev Kohli

Credits include: SKETCHTOPIA – Gusman Productions; FROM FACT TO FICTION – BBC Radio 4; FAGS, MAGS & BAGS – Original Radio Series of 10 seasons – The Comedy Unit/Radio 4;  MIXING IT – Turmeric Media for BBC Radio Scotland; DEMOCRACY PANTO – BBC; COMIC FRINGES – BBC; A NICE ARRANGEMENT – Red Productions for Sky; FOUND  – FeelGood Fiction/BBC; MY MIXED UP FAMILY – Turmeric Media; BBC LIFE STORIES (BIG WHEEL AND AKASH & ARJUN) – Red Productions; RUBY – Hopscotch Films; YOUNG, GIFTED AND BROWN, Red/BBC; MOTHERLAND Three Stones Media/C4; EAT THE PASTY, Red/BBC.


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Vanessa Haynes

Vanessa has worked as a development producer/story consultant for various indies including Celador (CPL), Assembly TV, Baby Cow, Kudos Film & TV and mostly recently BBC Writers Room NI and Northern Ireland Screen. As a freelance script consultant/development producer across TV and film, her clients are based all over the globe.

She has recently turned to writing. Her first script, BALLINGATE is a comedy horror series aimed at kids and set in rural Northern Ireland (a place she currently resides and finds inspiring in a spooky way). She was a finalist in the first Writers Lab UK & Ireland 2021 with MCINTYRE, a comedy drama crime series set in Glastonbury. She has just finished a co-written comedy drama pilot WILD THINGS with writing partner Matt Sinclair and THE SHOUT (6x60mins) is an ensemble drama, currently under option with Hat Trick NI.

Vanessa is now working on horror feature film PENTIMENTO, a four-part drama LACK  and comedy pitch ONCE FOR YES. Her first play THE UNHEARD is a multi-discipline immersive piece which is being developed by award-winning dramaturg Hanna Slattne (Tinderbox Theatre) with support of the Arts Council NI.  A pilot version of it debuted at the Being Human Festival, Queen’s University, Belfast and Vanessa was shortlisted for Unlimited’s Emerging Artist Award.


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Robyn Grant

Robyn is a writer, director and performer from Leeds. After graduating from East 15 she set up her company Fat Rascal Theatre and has been touring the country with her own work ever since. They recently became associate company to The Birmingham Hippodrome and Southampton MAST. Credits and awards include include: Theatre Weekly’s Best Musical of the Edinburgh Fringe two years running (VULVARINE 2018, UNFORTUNATE 2019), the Otherplace/Balkan Award, The Eddies Award, Stella Wilkie Award (BUZZ), VAULT festival’s Festival Spirit Award and Fairy Powered Productions’ Best New Writing Award (TOM AND BUNNY SAVE THE WORLD), Stiles + Drewe ‘Best New Song’ Finalists 2019 (‘Miracles’ from ‘The Ascension of Mrs Leech’), Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award nominee 2020 (Best Bookwriting).

Robyn is also currently developing a new TV series THE BROKEN HEARTED SONG BOOK with Coded Productions.

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Liam Fox

Liam is currently a regular character in Emmerdale having appeared in over 700 episodes.  He was nominated for the Best Newcomer in the National Television Awards 2013.

Original work includes: BOXED – short film; IRISH EYES – Period Serial TV Drama; WHITE FEATHERS – Supernatural TV Drama; THE WONDERFUL MR JOYCE – Children’s Novel; THE MIGHTY FLYNN – Animated Feature; FOOLS GOLD – Sitcom; GIVE ME A BREATH – Stage Play. In development: HAG – Horror Film; PARTY OF THIEVES – British Heist Film

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Francesca Fowler

Francesca Fowler is a neuro-divergent (LGBTQIA+) London-born Screenwriter. Starting her career as an actor in 2004, Fran has been working in TV/Film for just shy of 20 years. Turning to screenwriting in 2010 she is represented in both the UK and the US with numerous screen projects in development.

After winning BAFTA Rocliffe TV Comedy 2019 with sitcom Daisy & Robbie Struggle to Survive, Fowler and Redford were commissioned by Objective Fiction (Peep Show, Fresh Meat, Feel Good) to develop an Original Series Treatment. Together they also developed a series pitch with Kudos TV in 2022. In 2020 Fran received the John Brabourne Award for her true crime period drama feature script Vine Cottages, as well as her Comedy-Drama PICK UP (based on the short film PULL) being optioned by Blue Ink Films. In 2017 her genre-bending sci-fi-anti-rom-com LOVE. HATE. REPEAT was shortlisted for Creative England Emerging Talent Fund as well as her short film Away From Me premiering at BFI FLARE in the same year. Alongside screenwriting, Fran has worked on numerous independent projects as a Script Editor and Story Developer whilst also founding Script Stable; providing ACCO advice and resources for new and aspiring screenwriters.


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Chantelle Dusette

Chantelle Dusette is a writer / performer and co-artistic director of theatre company Bruised Sky and supporter of new writing in multiple formats.  Chantelle is an alumni of the Criterion Theatre new writing and story development programmes and Oliver Lansley’s WildChild’s Write Wild.  Chantelle is driven to create innovative pieces of work that illuminate, captivate people’s imaginations and challenge ideas. 

Chantelle received a commission from Emanata Studios for a TV series idea she pitched called TRIBES and made the short list for last years’ 4 Stories (Channel 4) with Blacklight.  Chantelle’s latest short UTOPIA, has been included in Oneykachi Wambu’s book, entitled EMPIRE WINDRUSH: Reflections on 75 years of the Black British Experience which will also include pieces from Andrea Levy, Bernadine Evaristo and Zadie Smith – released June 2023. 

Credits include: TRIBES in development with Emanata Studios; A BRIEF HISTORY OF US performed at The National Theatre; DOLLY performed at Park Theatre; EV(E)OLUTION performed at the Criterion Theatre; SHADOWS, performed at The White Bear; BLUE INTO GOLD, performed at The Omera; CANCEL THE SUNSHINE, performed at Ronny Scott’s and The Hope Theatre; MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR, performed at The Omnibus Theatre; THE TEACHER WHO LOVED ME, performed at Old Red Lion Theatre; WOUNDS, performed at The Tristan Bates Theatre.

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Ann Marie Di Mambro

Work includes: BROTHERS OF THUNDER – Open House Theatre, Vienna; Other credits include: THE CORONER – BBC; RACHEL’S COUSINS – BBC; UN POSTO AL SOLE – Fremantle Media; EVE SERIES 1 and 2 – Leopard Drama/BBC; VIVA, original Film Treatment optioned by Kees Kassander at Delux; DOCTORS – BBC; WATERLOO ROAD IX – Shed/BBC: RIVER CITY – BBC Scotland; CASUALTY – BBC; EASTENDERS – BBC; INSPECTOR LYNLEY – BBC; MISSING – Leopard/BBC; Ann Marie is also Professor of Television Fiction Writing at Glasgow Caledonian University

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Kate Delin

Australian, Irish and British passport-holder plus a Canadian Permanent Resident

Kate’s first screenplay APOCALYPSE AS WELL AS OTHER PROBLEMS was picked up and developed with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Warner Sisters Film and TV Ltd (UK).  Her second THE HOROSCOPE gave her a platform for television, where she has worked consistently since 2004.   Her third and fourth screenplays – WHERE THE MEN ARE and THE WILD SEED – were selected for the prestigious Moonstone International Screenwriters’ Lab (Halle and Wartburg, Germany), the latter also selected for TAPS (long form drama development workshop) in 2008.

Currently, crime drama SKYLARKS is into the quarterfinals of Screencraft’s TV Pilot Script competition 2024 and comedy drama REVELATIONS is into the quarterfinals of Screencraft’s Family Screenplay competition 2024. 

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Hannah Davies

Hannah is a writer and theatre-maker and performs regularly as a poet and multi-slam winning spoken word artist. She is based in Yorkshire where she is currently in role as Executive Producer at ARCADE.

Hannah originally trained as an actor at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and worked in several roles across theatre, radio and TV. She went on to study playwriting on the Royal Court Writers programme and her first play was performed as part of the Royal Court Young Writers Festival 2007. Since then, she has worked with many theatre companies as writer, performer, facilitator and producer.

Hannah has a PhD in Creative Practice in Playwriting and was the Co-Programme Leader of the MA Playwriting at the University of York’s School of Arts and Creative Technologies 2020 – 2022. Hannah is an experienced facilitator of creative writing and performance workshops and is Associate Artist at Say Owt, York’s leading spoken word organisation.

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David Cosgrove

Scottish BAFTA-winning writer – over 30 episodes of Children’s Television Drama including creation of two series for CITV. (UNCLE DAD, BUTTERFINGERS, NOW’S THE HOUR, THE ICE CREAM MACHINE, HALLOWE’EN 3-D, WOOLAMALOO). Other awards include Promax UK Gold & Silver Awards, Red Planet Prize (Finalist), Bruntwood Prize (long list), Manchester Evening News Theatre Arts Award, Spirit of Mayfest Award, Art Sutter Pick of the Fringe, Scottish Comedy Awards, Lifetime Achievement.

For the BBC he has been a script reader, comedy consultant, stand-up judge, and writing tutor. Currently teaching Screen and Comedy writing for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and permanent lecturer in Scriptwriting for Glasgow Caledonian University.


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Maureen Chadwick

Maureen was a Creative Director and Co-Founder of Shed Productions in 1998 along with Eileen Gallagher, Ann McManus and Brian Park, where she co-created the long-running and award-winning TV dramas BAD GIRLS, FOOTBALLERS’ WIVES and WATERLOO ROAD. Maureen remained at Shed until the company was bought out by Time Warner in 2010 when she returned to freelance writing.

She has previously written for ANGELS, EASTENDERS, and CORONATION STREET and single plays for BBC Screen One WATCH WITH MOTHER and TWO GOLDEN BALLS.

Her theatre credits include JOSEPHINE (musical play), DUST and THE SPEED TWINS as well as musical books for BAD GIRLS – THE MUSICAL, CRUSH and THE REALNESS.

Current projects include FOOTBALLERS’ WIVES (musical) and UNACCEPTABLE VIOLENT BEHAVIOUR (play).


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MJ Brocklebank

MJ is a freelance writer and a lecturer in media, who has written for BBC One’s RIVER CITY, EASTENDERS and DOCTORS, as well as writing the screenplay for the independent feature film, ANNA UNBOUND. In 2020, MJ wrote, directed and (somewhat reluctantly) starred in, the micro-short film, YOU CAN RUN, which went on to be screened at the TAG! Queer Shorts Festival (Portland, Oregon, USA), the Bendigo Queer Film Festival (Victoria, Australia), the New York Flash Film Festival (New York, USA), and in 2021, at the Scottish Queer International Film Festival, Glasgow. Recently, MJ has had two poems, Red Sonnet and Blue Sonnet, published in the award-winning sci-fi magazine, Shoreline of Infinity (Issue 23).