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TrustNordisk has boarded international sales on The Other Lamb, the first English-language film from Silver Bear-winning director Małgorzata Szumowska (The Body, Mug).

UTA, which represents the director and the Interview lead cast, will handle North American rights.

The Other Lamb starts shooting in County Wicklow in Ireland on February 11 for five weeks with a cast led by former Screen Star of Tomorrow Raffey Cassidy (Vox Lux), Michiel Huisman (The Haunting Of Hill House) and Denise Gough (Colette). The film tells the nightmarish tale of a girl (Cassidy) born into a repressive cult known as the Flock, which is led by Shepherd (Huisman). She has an otherworldly experience and starts to question her own reality.

Australian screenwriter Catherine S McMullen wrote the script, which was selected for the 2017 Black List and the genre-specific BloodList.

David Lancaster and Stephanie Wilcox of Rumble Films (Whiplash, Nightcrawler) produce alongside Aoife O’Sullivan and Tristan Orpen Lynch of Subotica (Miss Julie), in association with Marie Gade Denessen of Zentropa (The Hunt), and in co-production with Umedia (Mandy). The film is backed by Screen Ireland and is an official Irish-Belgian co-production.

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‘The Other Lamb’, ‘The Homeless World Cup’ and ‘Pure Grit’ among recipients of production funding in Screen Ireland’s third quarter 2018.

‘Vivarium’ receives €50,000 additional funding with Fantastic Films for Lorcan Finnegan & Garret Shanley feature. ‘Wildfire’ Cathy Brady’s feature film currently shooting in Ireland, receives €85,000 in additional production funding; ‘Wildfire’ is produced by David Collins, Carlo Cresto-Dina and Charles Steel for Samson Films. ‘Wildfire’ previously received €550,000 + €100,000 (Female Funding) in Q1 of 2018, while ‘Vivarium’ was allocated €750,000 in Q2 2017.

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This year’s The Black List, the annual rundown of Hollywood’s top screenplays that haven’t been produced, has been revealed this morning. Matthew Firpo and Ryan Firpo’s script Ruin received the most votes this year for their story of  a nameless ex-Nazi captain who must navigate the ruins of post-World War II Germany and atone for his crimes during the war by hunting down and killing the surviving members of his former SS death squad.

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Capping off an already exciting week, I am thrilled to be able to tell everyone that I am the winner of the 2017 John Hinde Award for Best Unproduced script. As I said in the press release – science fiction is my first love, and if I could write about robots, and clones and spaceships for the rest of my life, I would, so this award means so much to me.

I wasn’t able to go up for the ceremony, as I was at the Austin Film Festival, but my sadness at missing the party was somewhat mitigated by how special it was to have my dad (and science fiction writer) Sean McMullen accept on my behalf in QLD. 

I’d also like to mention the winner of Best Produced, the late Cris Jones, for ‘The Life And Death of Otto Bloom’ – I wish we could have seen more work from such a talented writer and director, and his mum gave such a lovely speech about what science fiction meant to Cris.

I can finally reveal that my sci-fi thriller AWAKE – a dark, psychological exploration of a world where the rich don’t have to sleep – has been chosen for development funding from Scripted Ink! Last week I had the writers’ room with some amazing writers –  Stu Page, Gemma Crofts and Joe Brukner – and now I am going away to write up the show bible.

Scripted Ink is a philanthropic organisation founded by Shane Brennan, former showrunner of NCIS and NCIS:LA. Its goals are to promote and encourage original Australian voices, with an eye towards creating content that can compete on an international stage. They have been so supportive of me and my writing career, and I can’t thank them enough – especially Tim Pye, who read the original pilot and thought there was something there. Very excited to move onto the next stage of development!

 I am delighted to announce that I have been chosen as the winner of the 2016 Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award, awarded by the International Emmys Foundation for my script Living Metal!

As per their site, “Each year, The Foundation administers the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award. The competition is designed to motivate non-American novice writers under the age of 30, and offer them the recognition and encouragement that might lead to a successful career in television scriptwriting. Entrants are asked to create a completed half-hour to one-hour English-language television drama script.”

The prize includes $2500 and plane tickets to New York in November for the International Emmys Awards Gala, which I am already so excited about. I can’t thank the International Emmys enough for this amazing opportunity – I feel so privileged to be chosen, especially out of so many entries.

I’m thrilled to announce that my script Driven has been chosen as one of the Top 10 Finalists in the 2016 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, in the Thriller/Horror category.

As per their website, “The PAGE International Screenwriting Awards were established in 2003 by an alliance of Hollywood producers, agents, and development executives with the aim to discover the most exciting new scripts by up-and-coming writers from across the US and around the world.”

The final winners are announced on October 15th.

In a very unexpected piece of news, I have been included on the 2016 IF List, as one of the Australian screen industry’s ‘Rising Talents’!

Being on the list is an absolute honour, so I’m still pinching myself a bit about it. Especially alongside such other amazingly talented people like Emma Freeman, the director of “Glitch”, Josh Thomas, the star of “Please Like Me”, Corrie Chen, AACTA-Award nominated director, and so many other talented people.

What an amazing way to end 2015, big thanks again to IF Magazine.