Lacuna (Hanna - Pilot)

A reclusive bookstore owner is caught between a band of idealistic rebels and a scheming secret agent as she tries to atone for her involvement in a covert government program that targets underprivileged women.

  • Ella Roby
  • Zahid Gamieldien
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    Television Script
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  • Austin Film Festival - AMC One-Hour Pilot Award
    Austin, Texas
    October 28, 2017
Writer Biography - Ella Roby, Zahid Gamieldien

Ella Roby is an Australian screenwriter and editor. Working from a strong literary background (BA in English Literature and Linguistics), Ella has found a niche as a freelance script and book editor in Sydney. Her eight-year tenure at the Australian Classification Branch has afforded her a unique insight into the international film and television industry. As well as developing a number of television and feature film projects, she is currently finalising her first book as author, part of a forthcoming YA series.

In August 2017, Ella was one of the successful applicants of Endemol Shine Australia’s Smart for a Girl: Roar competition. This program is the brainchild of creative collaborators Imogen Banks and Alice Bell and was designed to address the lack of opportunity for entry-level screenwriters in the television industry. It is part of Screen Australia’s Gender Matters: Brilliant Careers initiative. You can read more about Ella’s other projects at

Zahid Gamieldien is an Australian author, screenwriter, editor and writing tutor. His screenplays and short stories have been nominated for awards, both in Australia and internationally. Since 2015, his fiction has been widely published in prestigious journals such as Overland, Kill Your Darlings, Meanjin and Mascara Literary Review.

He holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Writing and Cultural Studies) and teaches short story, novel and script writing through the Writers’ Studio in Sydney. In addition, he provides freelance editing services for established and emerging prose and screenplay writers.

He is currently working—independently and in collaboration—on several creative projects, including a short story collection, television series, film and novel. Find him at

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