Phil Parker is an American/Aussie screenwriter in Sydney, Australia, who writes for producers and directors around the world. His assignments include CATSAWAY (bought by Image Nation), FLY GIRLS (BAFTA-winning producer attached and out to market), and FORTE (scored six-figure funding based on first draft). His specs include THE THIRD BOMB (optioned twice).
Before becoming a screenwriter, Phil was a Creative Producer at the BBC and the History Channel. He wrote, edited, directed, and produced promos, including a Global Excellence Award Winner. He also created original short videos for CBeebies and a pilot episode for an infotainment series at BBC Knowledge.
Phil graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts with an MA in film production.
NOTE: Any Australian or international co-production that hires Phil could qualify for the Australian government's 40% Producer's Tax Offset.
WRITING ASSIGNMENTS AND THEIR STATUS IN 2023
- CATSAWAY (paid writing assignment): hired to write a 30-page treatment for this animated family adventure. Status: Project SOLD to Image Nation Abdu Dhabi.
- FORTE (paid writing assignment): hired to write a music drama inspired by real events. The first draft scored an additional six-figure investment from a producer.
- FLY GIRLS (paid writing assignment): hired to write a WWII action/drama. Status: a BAFTA-winning producer came on board based on the first draft. He will soon take the current draft to market in Europe.
- BROKEN WINGS (paid writing assignment): hired to write a winter sports action/drama script for producers in India. Rob Kaplan attached to direct. Status: Director and producer shopping script
- KINDRED (paid writing assignment): hired to rewrite this Australian indigenous superhero script. Top 10 Finalist in the Stage 32 Sci-fi Screenplay Contest. Signed shopping agreements with Aussie and LA production companies. Current Status: Available.
PRAISE FROM CLIENTS AND INDUSTRY:
"My concept for 'CATSAWAY is now a perfectly constructed and very comprehensive treatment, with compelling characterizations and appealing plot. That would NEVER have happened without the assistance of Phil. I am very grateful to work with him and still continue to do so. Production of a fully animated trailer for the project is now underway to help raise funds for production, all motivated by the sheer quality of Phil's writing." - Tent Pictures (client)
"My story 'KINDRED' is now a unique, fun, powerful, meaningful, and kick-arse screenplay because Phil challenges your story to be the most potent it can be. He really knows structure and how to write with economy, flair, and versatility." - Red Center Films (client)
"None to our surprise, Phil delivered an incredible screenplay for our WWII film FLY GIRLS. Thank you for introducing Hannah, Ruby, and the Fly Girls team!! Looking forward to our next collaboration!" - Toil Films (client)
"KINDRED is fantastic, adventurous, and loads of fun. "– Screencraft reader.
"Imaginative and action-packed, KINDRED is a thrilling story." – Black List reader
"The women of FLY GIRLS are inspirational and are characters rarely seen on the big screen. The premise is eminently marketable, on point with the current moment, and would likely have broad and perhaps even international appeal. The hero is drawn with depth, nuance, and authenticity, and features in a stunning manner that gives her role the potential to entice top leading ladies." - Black List reader.
My previously OPTIONED script, 'THE THIRD BOMB,' was a Nicholl's Fellowship semifinalist, won 1st place at the Nashville Film Festival, was a Finalist at Script Pipeline and Screencraft, a Semifinalist at Big Break, and a Second Rounder at Austin. The script is currently available.
PRAISE FOR 'THE THIRD BOMB':
"An incredibly well-written screenplay. Actors would kill for these parts." - Black List reader.
"Likely to attract top international talent." - Black List reader
Unique traits: I have to look at a bright light in order to unlock a trapped sneeze.
Last of the Bigfoots Budget: $10M - $30M | Family ⋄ Adventure A discredited science teacher must risk her career comeback to rescue her Bigfoot-obsessed father when he's kidnapped by a ruthless big game hunter, intent on capturing and enslaving the mythic creature.
Catsaway Budget: $5M - $10M | Animation ⋄ Family (2022 UPDATE: In production) "Seeking to right the wrongs of his past, an evicted house cat struggles to help a dysfunctional band of junkyard cats find a home big enough for all of them before animal control sweeps them off the streets."
The Third Bomb Action ⋄ Adventure ⋄ Historical ⋄ War When the by-the-book pilot of the third atomic bomb mission crash lands on a Japanese island, he's imprisoned with Allied POWs and must find a way to stop a disgraced Japanese commander from capturing the bomb...before he’s forced to detonate it himself.
Kindred Budget: $10M - $30M | Action ⋄ Sci-fi ⋄ Adventure A man who refuses to face his past is visited by his time-travelling daughter from the future who warns he must confront his childhood tormentors before they kill him and enslave the world.
Broken Wings Budget: $1M - $5M | Action ⋄ Drama A poor Indian girl dreams of winning gold at the Winter Olympics with her best friend, but when he dies because of a competitor's jealous parent, she must find justice to honor his memory before it's too late.
Sarah & Duck (short)
Commercial by BBC Worldwide (Family) Writer/ Producer A short skit written and produced by Phillip Parker for on-air broadcast on the BBC.
Downton Abbey (promo)
Commercial by BBC Worldwide (Drama) Writer/ Editor/ Producer Downton Abbey trailer/ promo written, edited and produced by Phillip Parker. Posted by music publishing company to their Facebook page as recognition for the outstanding use of their music in a promo.
Foyle's War (promo)
Commercial by BBC Worldwide (Drama, Mystery and War) Writer/ Editor/ Producer Foyle's War trailer/ promo written, edited and produced by Phillip Parker for BBC Worldwide. Nominated by the BBC for Promo of the Month.
Frontline War (promo)
Commercial by BBC Worldwide (Documentary, Drama and War) Writer/ Editor/ Producer A 2014 Global PROMAX Award Winning trailer/ promo written, edited and produced by Phillip Parker for the BBC.
Are You Richer Thank You Think? (Pilot episode)
Television by BBC Worldwide (Documentary) Writer/ Producer Pitched and received funds from the BBC to write and produce this pilot for a micro-documentary series.
Catsaway (animated teaser)
Film (Adventure, Comedy, Family and Animation) Writer
SEMIFINALIST: ISA Action/Adventure Competition (BIGFOOT)
FINALIST (TOP 10) - Stage 32 Sci-fi & Fantasy Screenwriting Contest (Kindred)
PRIZE WINNER: 1ST PLACE - Native American Tribal Film Festival (Kindred)
SEMIFINALIST - BlueCat Screenwriting Contest (Kindred)
SEMIFINALIST - Final Draft's Big Break Contest (The Third Bomb)
PRIZE WINNER: 3RD PLACE - Scriptwriters Network (The Third Bomb)
FINALIST - Irvine International Film Festival (The Third Bomb)
WINNER: 2ND PLACE - Vail Film Festival (The Third Bomb)
PRIZE WINNER: 1ST PLACE - 46th Nashville Film Festival (The Third Bomb)
FINALIST - Sacramento Film Festival (The Third Bomb)
WINNER: 2ND PLACE - 48th Worldfest Houston Film Festival (The Third Bomb)
FINALIST - Beverley Hills Film Festival (The Third Bomb)
PRIZE WINNER: 1ST PLACE - WILDsound Festival (The Third Bomb)
PRIZE WINNER: 1ST PLACE - Ohio Independent Screenplay Awards
FINALIST (TOP 20 of 3,500+): Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest (The Third Bomb)
SECOND ROUND (TOP 15% of 8,600+): Austin Film Festival (The Third Bomb)
FINALIST - Las Vegas Film Festival (The Third Bomb)
WINNER: AWARD OF MERIT - Catalina Film Festival (The Third Bomb)
FINALIST - Dallas Screenwriter's Assoc. Big Star Competition (The Third Bomb)
FINALIST - Hollywood Screenplay Contest (The Third Bomb)
WINNER: SILVER AWARD - BDA Promax World Marketing Awards (BBC promo)
WINNER: 2ND PLACE - World Series of Screenwriting (The Third Bomb)
FINALIST (TOP 3) - West Field Screenwriting Awards (The Third Bomb)
FINALIST (TOP 10) - Screencraft Action/ Thriller Contest (The Third Bomb)
FINALIST - Filmmaker International (The Third Bomb)
FINALIST - StoryPros International (The Third Bomb)
PRIZE WINNER: 5TH PLACE (out of 1,500+) - Emerging Screenwriters (ISA) (The Third Bomb)
SEMI-FINALIST - Nicholl Fellowships
FINALIST - Angelus Awards (student film)
FINALIST - USA Film Festival (student film)