Catherine S. McMullen is a screenwriter and film & TV professional. 

In 2016, she was chosen as the winner of the prestigious Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award, awarded by the International Emmys Foundation. She was recently included on the 2016 Inside Film List as one of the Australian screen industry’s ‘Rising Talents,’ and was also chosen as one of the inaugural recipients of Scripted Ink funding, for a placement in the script department on acclaimed television show Wentworth.  She is represented by Dayne Kelly at RGM.

Catherine’s work has been shortlisted for many other national and international awards. Her sci-fi thriller feature Driven was a Semifinalist in the 2016 Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Awards, a Finalist in the 2016 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, and was also nominated for the Lorne Film Festival’s $10,000 Screenwriting Award.

Her sci-fi pilot Living Metal was a Finalist for the 2015 Monte Miller Award for “Best Unproduced Screenplay” from the Australian Writers’ Guild, as well as the the AWG’s ‘What Happens Next’ and ‘Think Inside The Box’ competitions, a Finalist in Scriptapalooza’s TV Pilot competition, as well as others. 

As a production freelancer, her professional credits include The Leftovers, Syfy series Hunters and Childhood’s End, teen series Nowhere Boys, unscripted shows Real Housewives of Melbourne and Formal Wars, and feature films Cut Snake and Paper Planes. She also works as a note-taker and researcher for TV writers’ rooms, and writes analysis and coverage for both scripts and prose.

Her fiction work has been published in Nightmare Magazine, Aurealis Magazine, Interzone, Dark Tales, and has been reprinted in anthologies such as Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror and Focus 2013: Highlights of Australian Short Fiction.  Her short story ‘The Nest’ was nominated for an Australian Shadows Award from the Australian Horror Writers’ Association, and her short story ‘Monday-child’ was voted by Aurealis subscribers as ‘Best Story of 2013’. She was the youngest person to ever to sell a story to a professional science-fiction magazine, selling to Interzone at age 10.

Catherine graduated in 2011 with a double degree in Arts/Law from the University of Melbourne, on a full Melbourne National Scholarship awarded to academic high achievers.

She is a life-long nerd and former MMO addict, and enjoys books, TV, movies and games, especially if they’re about robots or dragons (or possibly robotic dragons).

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