SeaChange scriptwriter Deb Cox, far left, mingles with people interested in writing film scripts for the Heart2Heart project.
SeaChange scriptwriter Deb Cox, far left, mingles with people interested in writing film scripts for the Heart2Heart project.

Rare chance for Valley?s budding scriptwriters

By JULIA ILES

ASPIRING Northern Rivers scriptwriters have been given a rare opportunity to learn from industry experts how a script is written.

A project called Heart2Heart has been established to offer five creative young people the chance to be trained by some of Australia's best screenwriters, including Deb Cox, a writer on the ABC's former cult hit, SeaChange.

"This represents an incredible opportunity for aspiring screen writers and film makers," Ms Cox said.

"This sort of professional development could not be bought, for the successful applicants four months of one-on-one mentoring and development could be the break of their career."

Part of the project is to produce five distinctive stories highlighting the spiritual, social and cultural history of the Northern Rivers region, possibly through the eyes of community elders.

"This region has such a rich tapestry of human experience ? from our indigenous history to the passing of our logging, whaling and dairy industries," Ms Cox said.

To allow students returning from summer holidays time to enter the competition, the submission deadline has been extended to Friday, February 10 at 5pm. At the conclusion of the project in May 2006 organisers hope that five polished scripts will be ready for production.

"Much of this history is still alive in the minds of our community elders and this is a wonderful opportunity for our young people to access and immortalise their stories," Ms Cox said.

"We are very excited about sharing in the wealth of ideas being submitted and the opportunity to develop some of these ideas into completed scripts."

For consideration entrants need to submit a one page story concept outlining their idea, or ideas.

They must be aged between 15 to 25 and a resident on the North Coast.

The script's concept can be for drama, documentary, animation or cross platform productions. For more information email heart2heart@screen- works.com.au.



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