Celebrated local writer/director Benjamin Gilmour hosts a one-off workshop on the art of screenwriting. The screenplay for Gilmour’s latest feature film Jirga, Australia’s entry to the 2019 Academy Awards, won the NSW Premier’s Prize in the same year. Participants will explore the growing of ideas, the importance of story, character development, structure and dialogue, as well as the writing of treatments and the creation of ‘pitch decks’. This workshop will provide skills required to work towards the first draft of a screenplay.
Benjamin Gilmour is a local author and filmmaker. His Screen Australia-supported feature film Jirga (2019) was selected for the Toronto Film Festival and became Australia’s official entry to the 2019 Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film. Gilmour won a NSW Premier’s Award for the screenplay. His other critically acclaimed features Paramedico (2012) and Son of a Lion (2008) also appeared at various international festivals, including Berlinale. He is the author of five books, including ‘Warrior Poets’ (Pier 9), ‘Paramedico’ (Allen&Unwin) and most recently ‘The Gap’ (Penguin) which has been optioned by a leading Australian production company to be made into a TV series. He lives in Bangalow.