Hello, I'm Veialu and I'm a screenwriter. I was born in Papua New Guinea and grew up in New Zealand. I'm interested in stories about identity, culture, history and the supernatural.
Three features I'm currently developing are: THE KIWI, a cross-cultural love story set in Mumbai's Bollywood social scene; SQUADRON 67, a WW2 action-drama following two characters living in Burma: a young New Zealand fighter pilot and the daughter of a Indian Doctor, and BHAJIAS FOR TWO, a charming contemporary story about the power of an unlikely friendship between a teenager and her elderly neighbour.
I'm seeking investors for TABU, a 9min short film I co-wrote with Albert Belz: Set in 1932 Papua New Guinea, it is a coming of age story about a boy who unwittingly exposes to police his uncle's secret love affair with a white woman and is suddenly faced with the draconian brutality of the colonising forces as his uncle is hung by the neck and killed. This story is close to my heart as it's based on true story and the experience of my grandfather.
I also work as a freelance senior television creative (writing, producing and directing on-air television promos/adverts). But more and more, I'm allocating my time to screenwriting (woohoo!).
Right now, I live in Sydney.
I look forward to connecting with you - wherever you may live! :)
Name: Veialu Aila-Unsworth
Lives in: Sydney, Australia
Film (short) by Lulu Tree / Veialu Aila-Unsworth Producer/Writer/Director/Illustrator Official Selection Berlin Film Festival as well as 25 international festivals worldwide. Made in association with the NZ Film Commission and Screen Innovation Fund 2005.
Winner of Australasian Gold PromaxBDA Award – Best TV Image Campaign for Channel Ten
Winner of Australasian Gold PromaxBDA Award - Best Satellite Campaign - “Aria Music Awards”
2007 Finalist for SnapBang Theatre Company play-reading competition (Auckland, NZ)
2006 Official Selection Berlin Film Festival - "Blue Willow" short film (Germany)
Winner of Audience Favourite at Dawson City International Shorts Festival - "Blue Willow" (Canada)
Auckland University of Technology
Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School
International Institute of Modern Letters Victoria University of Wellington