Hello, I'm Veialu and I'm a screenwriter. I was born in Papua New Guinea and grew up in New Zealand. I care deeply about solving meaningful problems and the impact we have in the world. That's why I'm interested in writing stories about injustice, historical events and stories that have a lot of heart.
Since childhood, I've rarely been presented with characters who looked like me on scripted television or film. So one of my dreams is to contribute to more complex minority storytelling.
I also work as a freelance senior television creative (writing, producing and directing on-air television promos/adverts).
I live in San Francisco, California, USA.
I look forward to connecting with you - wherever you may live! :)
SINEBADA (Feature Film) Independent ⋄ Historical ⋄ Drama Inspired by true events:On a Pacific island, a twelve-year-old village girl must protect her brother from being caught after he begins a forbidden relationship, but when she accidentally reveals the affair to police, she must save him from being executed.
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”
Finalist for SnapBang Theatre Company play-reading competition (Auckland, NZ)
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