Vale: Moya Wood

Writer / Script Editor Moya Wood, best known for Skippy and Crawfords dramas, has died, aged 83.

She died last week in Sydney following a brief, but intense struggle with cancer.

Her lengthy career stems back to Skippy the Bush Kangaroo where she rose to the position of script supervisor.

In the 1970s she worked as a script editor on Homicide, Division 4 and Matlock series for Crawford Productions. In the 1980s she teamed up with Lynn Bayonas to write the bible for A Country Practice. She also wrote the miniseries The True Story of Spit MacPhee.

Film credits include script editing or consulting on Newsfront, Monkey Grip,  Waiting, Summerfield, Love Letters from Teralba RoadDawn! and her original screenplay The More Things Change.

Friend and colleague Peter Kinloch wrote in an Australian Writers’ Guild newsletter, “Moya always searched passionately for the elusive spark of truth and originality in everything she read or wrote or listened to, which is only fitting because, with her rib-tickling sense of humour and smothered guffaw of laughter, she was, herself, that most unique of rarities, a true original.”

Wood was made a life member of the Australian Writers’ Guild in 2009.

One Comment:

  1. So sad to hear to this. She was a really terrific writer and script editor with a fantastic nose for the real narrative and didn’t patronise her viewers. Her work across television and some great feature films was never given the credit that was due to her. She had a rare intelligence for script. She will be sorely missed.

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