I'm an Australian screenwriter.
My first spec script – The Real Thing – is a Romantic Comedy/Sci-Fi/Coming-of-Age feature with themes about the now and near future that will be hotly debated.
In a past life, I studied Philosophy (my M.A. thesis - The Ontological Status of Space - is listed by the National Library of Australia).
A former Time Out critic in his competition feedback had this to say:
"The Real Thing is a classic screwball comedy. Like Bringing Up Baby, a nerdy protagonist is brought under the spell of an assertive love interest. Its whip-smart dialogue crackles like Hepburn and Grant. But there’s a modern twist updating this classic form."
and, in his opinion...
"The writer has kept it small enough in scope that it could find financing at the lower end of the budget scale. These kinds of stories are too rarely made nowadays. But in the hands of the right producer, it could do well on the indie circuit."
If this sounds like an unabashed advertisement for my screenplay, it's because it is...
Oh, and I used to write short stories as a teenager that, according to experts who knew about this stuff, "nailed the psychological horror genre and will make money". But lest you think I'm getting nostalgic, so will the screenplay... producers, take note.
  • Writer (1 Credit)
    The Real Thing
    Student, Screenplay
Winner: Best Script
The Real Thing
New Media Film Festival (2020)
Los Angeles, California USA
2020
Winner: Honorable Mention - Movie: Comedy
The Real Thing
Screenplay Festival (2020)
Sherman Oaks, California USA
2020
Winner: Odysseus Award - Best Feature Screenplay
The Real Thing
London Greek Film Festival (2020)
London, GBR
2020
Winner: 1st Place (Gold) Screenplay
The Real Thing
Depth of Field International Film Festival (Winter) (2020)
Nassau, Delaware USA
2020
Official Selection: Best Screenplay
The Real Thing
After Hour Film Festival (2020)
Online Event USA
2020
Official Selection: Student Screenplay [ongoing]
The Real Thing
Austin Revolution Film Festival (2020)
Austin, Texas USA
2020
Winner: Best Script
The Real Thing
Metropolitan Film Festival of NYC (2020)
Winnetka, California USA
2020
Official Selection: Feature Screenplay [ongoing]
The Real Thing
Austin Revolution Film Festival (2020)
Austin, Texas USA
2020
Quarter-Finalist: Feature Script
The Real Thing
Austin Screenplay Awards (2020)
Austin, Texas USA
2020
Winner: Honorable Mention
The Real Thing
WriteMovies Romance and Comedy Award 2020
Los Angeles, California USA
2020
Winner: Pearl Screenplay Award
The Real Thing
Florida Comedy Film Festival (2020)
Boca Raton, Florida USA
2020
Winner: 2nd Place Best Screenplay (Feature)
The Real Thing
Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards (2020)
Los Angeles, California USA
2020
Winner: Best Screenplay
The Real Thing
European Cinematography AWARDS (ECA) (2020)
Amsterdam, NLD
2020
Winner: Best Screenplay
The Real Thing
Los Angeles Cinematography AWARDS (LACA) (2020)
Los Angeles, California USA
2020
Winner: Best Screenplay
The Real Thing
Canadian Cinematography Awards (CaCA) (2020)
Toronto, Ontario CAN
2020
Winner: Award of Excellence - Best 1st Time Screenwriter
The Real Thing
Vegas Movie Awards (2020)
Las Vegas, Nevada USA
2020
Winner: Honorable Mention - Best Feature Script
The Real Thing
Vegas Movie Awards (2020)
Las Vegas, Nevada USA
2020
Winner: Best Feature Script
The Real Thing
New York Movie Awards - Monthly Festival (2019)
New York, New York USA
2020
Winner: Best Feature Script
The Real Thing
Venice Film Awards - Monthly Competition (2020)
Venice, ITA
2020
Quarter-Finalist: Feature Screenplay
The Real Thing
Screenwriting Master Contest (2020)
Online Event, USA
2020
Quarter-Finalist
The Real Thing
ScreenCraft Comedy Screenplay Contest (2020)
Los Angeles, California USA
2020
Winner: Silver Award - Feature Script
The Real Thing
Hollywood Gold Awards (2020)
Los Angeles, California USA
2020
Winner: Bronze Award - Best Concept Feature Script
The Real Thing
Queen Palm International Film Festival (2020)
Palm Springs, California USA
2020
Winner: Screenplay
The Real Thing
'FILM LOT' The Film Club Australia (2020)
Melbourne, AUS
2020
Winner: Best Original Screenplay
The Real Thing
Hollywood Blood Horror Festival (2020)
Los Angeles, California USA
2020
Winner: Best Screenplay
The Real Thing
Bridge Fest (2020)
Vancouver, British Columbia CAN
2020
Winner: Best Romantic Script
The Real Thing
Redwood Shorts & Scripts (2020)
Sunnyvale, California USA
2020
Quarter-Finalist: Comedy Feature Screenplay
The Real Thing
Creative World Awards Screenwriting Competition (2020)
Marina del Rey, California USA
2020
Finalist: Best Screenplay
The Real Thing
New York Cinematography AWARDS (NYCA) (2020)
New York, New York USA
2020
Winner: Top WILDsound Festival Screenplays of 2019
The Real Thing
WILDsound FEEDBACK Film and Screenplay Festival (2020)
Toronto, Ontario CAN
2020
Semi-Finalist: Best Screenwriter (Best 6)
The Real Thing
Vegas Movie Awards (2020)
Las Vegas, Nevada USA
2020
Winner: Feature Script
The Real Thing
Tagore International Film Festival (2020)
Birbhum, West Bengal IND
2020
Winner: Honorable Mention - Best Feature Script
The Real Thing
Košice International Monthly Film Festival (2020)
Košice, SVK
2020
Finalist: Best Student Screenplay
The Real Thing
Student Los Angeles Film Awards (2020)
Hollywood, California USA
2020
Finalist: Feature Comedy Screenplay
The Real Thing
Script Summit (2020)
Royal Oak, Michigan USA
2020
Finalist: Screenplay
The Real Thing
SoCal Film Awards (2020)
Huntington Beach, California USA
2020
Award Nominee: Screenplay Feature
The Real Thing
Austin Spotlight Film Festival (2020)
Austin, Texas USA
2020
Finalist [ongoing]
The Real Thing
Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards (2020)
Hollywood, California USA
2020
Finalist: Script [ongoing]
The Real Thing
Australasia's Film Festival of Time: Sci-Fi / Animation / Horror (2020)
Melbourne, AUS
2020
Finalist: Screenplay [ongoing]
The Real Thing
SOMEDAY… Screenwriting Competition (2019)
Danbury, Connecticut USA
2020
Finalist
The Real Thing
Inroads Screenwriting Fellowship (2020)
Los Angeles, California USA
2020
Finalist: Screenplay (Feature)
The Real Thing
Red Flight Pictures Screenplay Awards (2020)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA
2020
Semi-Finalist: Student Screenplay
The Real Thing
Red Flight Pictures Screenplay Awards (2020)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA
2020
Semi-Finalist: Feature Script
The Real Thing
Miami Screenplay Awards (2020)
Miami, Florida USA
2020
Semi-Finalist
The Real Thing
WriteMovies Screenwriting Contest Winter (2020)
Los Angeles, California USA
2020
Semi-Finalist: Best Screenplay
The Real Thing
Near Nazareth Festival (NNF) (2020)
Afula, ISR
2020
Semi-Finalist: Screenplay Competition
The Real Thing
Rhode Island International Film Festival (2020)
Providence, Rhode Island USA
2020
Semi-Finalist: Feature Screenplay
The Real Thing
The Golden Script Competition (2020)
Glasgow, GBR
2020
Semi-Finalist
The Real Thing
StoryPros Awards Screenplay Contest (2020)
Woodland Hills, California USA
2020
Finalist: Best Feature Script
The Real Thing
Accord Cine Fest (2020)
Tamil Nadu, IND
2020
Finalist: Feature Script
The Real Thing
Florence Film Awards – Monthly Competition (2020)
Florence, ITA
2020
Official Selection: Best Feature Script
The Real Thing
Prix Royal - Monthly Screenplay Awards (2020)
Bordeaux, FRA
2020
Finalist: Best International Feature Screenplay Award
The Real Thing
Georgia Shorts Film Festival (2019)
Atlanta, Georgia USA
2019
Award Nominee: Screenplay of the Year
The Real Thing
Los Angeles Film Awards (2019)
Los Angeles, California USA
2019
Finalist: Best Feature Screenplay
The Real Thing
Los Angeles Film Awards (2019)
Los Angeles, California USA
2019
Finalist: Best Feature Screenplay
The Real Thing
Festigious International Film Festival (2019)
Los Angeles, California USA
2019
Award Nominee: Best Feature Script
The Real Thing
Top Indie Film Awards (2019)
Tokyo, JPN
2019
1st Place Award Nominee: Feature Script
The Real Thing
Bloodstained Indie Film Festival: Sci-Fi Horror Action (2019)
Tokyo, JPN
2019
Finalist: Best Feature Screenplay
The Real Thing
Genre Celebration Festival (2019)
Tokyo, JPN
2019
Finalist: Best Original Screenplay
The Real Thing
AFIN International Film Festival (2019)
Brisbane, AUS
2019
Finalist: Best Feature Screenplay
The Real Thing
Changing Face International Film Festival (2019)
Sydney, AUS
2019
Finalist: Best International Feature Screenplay Award
The Real Thing
Austin Comedy Short Film Festival (2019)
Austin, Texas USA
2019
Finalist: Screenplay
The Real Thing
Feel The Reel International Film Festival (2019)
Glasgow, GBR
2019
Finalist: Screenplay
The Real Thing
TMFF - The Monthly Film Festival (2019)
Glasgow, GBR
2019
Finalist: Best International Feature Screenplay Award
The Real Thing
Houston Comedy Film Festival (2019)
Houston, Texas USA
2019
Finalist: Screenplay
The Real Thing
San Pedro International Film Festival (2019)
San Pedro, California USA
2019
Finalist: Feature Screenplay
The Real Thing
Page Turner Screenplays (2019)
Santa Monica, California USA
2019
Finalist
The Real Thing
Pitch Now Screenplay Competition (2019)
Los Angeles, California USA
2019
Finalist
The Real Thing
Filmmatic Comedy Screenplay Awards (2019)
Los Angeles, California USA
2019
Top 10: Feature Screenplay
The Real Thing
Visionfest Screenwriting Competition (2019)
New York, New York USA
2019
Finalist: Feature Screenplay
The Real Thing
Moondance International Film Festival (2019)
Boulder, Colorado USA
2019
Finalist
The Real Thing
StoryPros Awards Screenplay Contest (2019)
Woodland Hills, California USA
2019
Finalist
The Real Thing
StoryPros International Screenplay Contest (2019)
Woodland Hills, California USA
2019
Winner: Screenplay (Feature)
The Real Thing
WILDsound FEEDBACK Film and Screenplay Festival (2019)
Toronto, Ontario CAN
2019
Semi-Finalist
The Real Thing
Screenplay Festival (2019)
Sherman Oaks, California USA
2019
Winner: Honorable Mention - First Time Screenwriter (Feature)
The Real Thing
Festigious International Film Festival (2019)
Los Angeles, California USA
2019
Semi-Finalist
The Real Thing
Chicago Screenplay Awards (2019)
Chicago, Illinois USA
2019
Semi-Finalist
The Real Thing
Zed Fest Film Festival & Screenplay Competition (2019)
Burbank, California USA
2019
Semi-Finalist
The Real Thing
Los Angeles CineFest (2019)
Los Angeles, California USA
2019
Second Round Finalist
The Real Thing
Launch Pad Feature Competition (2019)
Los Angeles, California USA
2019
Quarter-Finalist
The Real Thing
Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest (2019)
Burbank, California USA
2019
Quarter-Finalist
The Real Thing
Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition (2019)
Los Angeles, California USA
2019
Winner: Best First Time Screenwriter (Feature)
The Real Thing
Los Angeles Film Awards (2019)
Los Angeles, California USA
2019
Winner: 3rd Place Screenplay (Feature)
The Real Thing
Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival (2019)
Los Angeles, California USA
2019
Quarter-Finalist
The Real Thing
ScreenCraft Comedy Screenplay Contest (2019)
Los Angeles, California USA
2019
Winner: Screenplay (Feature)
The Real Thing
Take it Easy Film Festival (2019)
New York, New York USA
2019
Winner: Best International Feature Screenplay Award
The Real Thing
Atlanta Comedy Film Festival (2019)
Atlanta, Georgia USA
2019
Quarter-Finalist: Feature Script
The Real Thing
New York City International Screenplay Awards (2019)
New York, New York USA
2019
Quarter-Finalist: Feature Script
The Real Thing
Atlanta International Screenplay Awards (2019)
Atlanta, Georgia USA
2019
Preliminary Finalist
The Real Thing
Creative World Awards Screenwriting Competition (2019)
Marina del Rey, California USA
2019
Winner: Best Screenplay - International
The Real Thing
Marina del Rey Film Festival (2019)
Los Angeles, California USA
2019
Winner: Best Script
The Real Thing
Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood (Winter) (2019)
Los Angeles, California USA
2019
Winner: Best Script
The Real Thing
Los Angeles Movie Awards (2019)
Los Angeles, California USA
2019
Official Selection: Feature Screenplay
The Real Thing
Portland Comedy Film Festival (2019)
Wilsonville, Oregon USA
2019
Official Selection: Feature Script
The Real Thing
Action on Film MegaFest Annual Film Festival and Writers' Competition (2019)
Las Vegas, Nevada USA
2019
Official Selection: Feature Script
The Real Thing
Indie Suspense Horror Sci-Fi Film Festival (2019)
Apopka, Florida USA
2019
Official Selection: Feature Screenplay
The Real Thing
BRIDGES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (2019)
Corinth, GRC
2019
Official Selection: Screenplay
The Real Thing
CINEMAFEST (2019)
Ellington, New York USA
2019
Official Selection: Best Feature Screenplay
The Real Thing
Rome Independent Prisma Awards (2019)
Rome, ITA
2019
Official Selection: Screenplay/Script
The Real Thing
CKF International Film Festival (2019)
Swindon, GBR
2019
Semi-Finalist
The Real Thing
24th Annual Fade In Awards First Ten Pages Competition (2019)
Beverly Hills, California USA
2019
College
The University of Melbourne
M.A. (Philosophy)
College
The University of Melbourne
B.A. (Philosophy)
High School
The University of Melbourne High School
Current City
Safety Beach, Victoria, Australia
Height
178cm
Gender
Male
Eye Color
Blue
Miami Screenplay Awards: final analysis of THE REAL THING (4 February 2020):
The Real Thing
"The Real Thing is a smart, well-written script with a strong premise that in some ways feels relevant to conversations happening today. It made me think of the cultural conversation around “incels”, but this script goes deeper into human connection and feels much more compassionate than that first impression could entail. It includes some complicated science fiction elements, but it’s still a fun, lighthearted story with a good sense of humor.
The comparison between Sarah and Sarah V is a good starting point for a conversation about what makes love “real”, and also dives into some of the ethics about emerging technologies. This premise also allows the script to examine the “manic pixie dream girl” trope, showing explicitly how much better it is to pursue the “real” thing. The script asks questions about what it means to be “perfect”, and specifically what it means to be someone’s “perfect” match. The conversation surrounding love, and what true love is, is very compelling.
Adam is a charming protagonist; he can be frustrating at times, but in a good way - it shows that despite his genius, he’s still human. Jack is a great sidekick for Adam, adding a lot of humor to the story - he’s a lech with a heart of gold. The real Sarah is also a wonderful character; she’s interesting, well-rounded, and her dialogue in particular is sharp and clever. The addition of Steve as Adam’s rival adds good stakes to the story. Adam and Sara’s families make them feel even more like real, grounded people. Overall, this is a really enjoyable, romantic script and a lot of fun to read."
"A thousand poets dreamed a thousand years, then you were born, my love." Preston Sturges, Unfaithfully Yours (1948)
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  • New Media Film Festival 2020 award ceremony - Best Script: The Real Thing