Script Development, Film

2017 – 2018

Our new development program, Breakthrough! is designed to bring new voices and untold stories to the screen sector.

Supported by Screen Australia and Create NSW, Breakthrough! is a leading model of story development which places community partnerships at the centre of the process and builds upon this strength with high level industry support.

From October 2017, we’ll work with eight emerging screenwriters to develop their stories and hone their skills so they can present their breakthrough concept to our industry partners in June 2018.

The participants are from a range of diverse backgrounds across Western Sydney and bring an exciting array of fresh ideas to the program.

Header image credit: photo by Shawn Spina


Roxie Vuong
Roxie Vuong is a film maker who lives and works in South West Sydney. Her passion for telling stories stems from an insatiable fascination with people and the things that they do.

She co-founded Left Of Centre Content with her partner Rudge Hollis in 2013 and together, they create video packages for clients such as Uniting, TAFE Online and The University of Sydney.

She is currently working on a few scripts, one of which is inspired by her love of flamenco dancing.

Miranda Aguilar
With a Filipino background, and a childhood spent mainly in the US, this young developing artist has had a lot of cultural influences to draw upon since returning to Western Sydney in 2008.

She has a Bachelor’s degree in Media and has recently completed work on a web-series as writer, script supervisor and producer.

Tamar Chnorhokian
Tamar Chnorhokian is Associate Director of SWEATSHOP: Western Sydney Literacy Movement.

She completed a Communications degree in writing and publishing at the Western Sydney University in 2004 and has also worked as a columnist, journalist and freelance writer.

Her debut novel, The Diet Starts On Monday was published by SWEATSHOP in 2014. She is the recipient of the 2016 Copyright Agency, WestWords Western Sydney Emerging Writers’ Fellowship and is currently developing her second work of fiction.

Katie Beckett
Katie Beckett has a passion for storytelling, both for the stage and film.

She has recently been nominated for a Green Room Award 2017 for her play, Which Way Home. She is currently writing with Matchbox Pictures on a new TV series and is also writing a film, a web-series and two plays.

She is an active member of the Cope St Collective and they are part of a new skit show called “The Slot” coming to Fox 8 in October 2017.

Monikka Eliah
Monikka Eliah is an Assyrian-Australian writer. She graduated from the University of New South Wales with an Arts degree having majored in English.

She has presented at the NSW Writers Centre, Studio Stories in Parramatta and at the Wollongong Writers Festival. She was involved in the Girls Write Up Sydney event, helping to workshop stories by young writers.

Her work is published in The Big Black Thing. She is currently a member of SWEATSHOP and is participating in National Theatre of Parramatta’s Page to Stage program.

Lap Nguyen
Lap Nguyen, the Creative Director of  Perennial Theatre Company  is an actor, writer and director from Vietnam.

Predominantly stage-based, Lap is branching out to screen works and continuously delving into different forms of storytelling.

Lap likes to explore themes of the human condition, often in search of different paths to telling the story of humanity. He strongly believes in the transformative power of stories.

Natalia Figueroa
Natalia Figeuroa is an Australian Uruguayan Writer Filmmaker who is currently working as post-production coordinator at the Nine Network.

She graduated from UTS with a Bachelor of Communications and a Master of Media Arts and Production. She wrote, directed and edited short film b r o k e and in that same year her poem Anew was longlisted for the Lane Cove Literary Award. Natalia has worked on several short films and television series including Studio 10, Deadly Women and Goggle Box.

She is currently co-writing a web-series with rapper/lawyer Sara Crane (aka Sarah Connor), working on a several screenplays of her own, editing her picture books and writing a novel.

Tien Tran
Tien Tran is from Perth, WA originally, now residing in Sydney and a part of SWEATSHOP: Western Sydney Literacy Movement.

He likes to eat Chūtoro (fatty tuna) sushi.