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, Indigenous issues, relationships, cultural folklore and the supernatural. I think great films help us to understand those feelings we often find hard to define within ourselves. When we connect with those feelings onscreen I think it's magic.
I worked as a senior television creative for 15 years (writing, producing and directing on-air television promos/adverts) but I'm allocating my time to screenwriting now (woohoo!), something I've had a long-standing interest in.
I'm really proud of my animated short film "Blue Willow"; it was selected for the Berlin Film Festival and 25 film festivals in 11 countries.
I lived in Mumbai, India for four years and a highlight for me was making short films for nonprofit organisations to raise awareness of social issues in the community and the work they do. One day I'd like to return to make more of these kind of films.
Right now, I live in Sydney but I'm excited about moving to San Francisco in 2017 (if everything goes to plan!)
I'm looking 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