Simon Mirren to lead Writer in Residence initiative

Three writing teams will be mentored in a Writer's Room workshop with UK screenwriter based in Melbourne.


UK screenwriter Simon Mirren (Casualty, Spooks, Waking the Dead, Without a Trace, Third Watch, Criminal Minds, Versailles) will lead a new Writer in Residence TV Drama Initiative in Victoria.

Mirren, who is nephew to actress Helen Mirren, will take residence in Melbourne during June through Film Victoria and Screen Australia funding.

Three teams will be mentored in a Writer’s Room over a three week period, developing their television drama concepts.

Film Victoria CEO, Jenni Tosi said: “We’re delighted to be able to support three Victorian teams to further develop their drama concepts, guided by the expertise and experience of Simon. His skills and knowledge of the international market will be enormously beneficial and should encourage the teams to aim high to ensure their ideas have the best chance of being commissioned.”

Screen Australia’s Head of Production Sally Caplan said “The Writer in Residence TV Drama Initiative is a fantastic professional development opportunity for Victorian-based storytellers, and one we are proud to support. In addition to the privilege of furthering their story ideas with such a hugely successful TV writer and producer like Simon, they will cultivate invaluable story development skills
which they will be able to use in their careers far beyond this experience.”

Helen Mirren is currently filming feature film Winchester in Melbourne.

Applications for the Writer in Residence TV Drama Initiative are open until 4 May.

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