Helllooo! I'm a screenwriter and script consultant based in Sydney, Australia. I was recently named by the International Screenwriter's Association as one of their Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2018. I currently have several projects in various stages of development with producers (see below) in the UK, Australia and the UAE. I was a video/promo editor and writer at BBC Worldwide for several years and before that, a graduate student at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. If I'm not watching or writing a film, I'm probably reading a book... or eating tacos. :-)
- Script Magazine has published my article 'How to Avoid Endless Rewrites by Focusing on the Irony."
- THE THIRD BOMB: a WWII spec script. Currently being packaged by BAFTA-winning producer Sias Wilson (FLYING MONSTERS, HANNIBAL, THE GOLDEN BOWL, SPACE RACE). The project has received lots of positive reactions from A-list production companies and agencies and Sias is now looking for the right director to attach. Sias renewed his option on The Third Bomb at the beginning of this year.
- KINDRED: the Aussie sci-fi script I was hired to rewrite. Kindred been chosen by a major Sydney VFX house as one of 3 projects they're going to pitch in 2018 to the biggest SVOD provider in the world.
- CATSAWAY: an animated feature I was hired to develop for Tent Pictures. It now has a fully animated teaser in production as efforts to raise money for the full feature ramp up in 2018.
- KHALFAN & FAHMAN: after glowing reviews from the IP holder, this animated TV episodic I was also hired by Tent Pictures to write (based on a popular comic strip in the UAE) is now being considered for production.
PRAISE FROM CLIENTS AND INDUSTRY:
"My concept for 'Catsaway' is now a perfectly constructed and very comprehensive treatment, with compelling characterizations and appealing plot. This 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 under way to help raise funds for production, all motivated by the sheer quality of Phil's writing." - Fadel AlMehiri, Director, 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. His rewrite has gotten the attention of a major VFX house in Sydney who will soon be pitching the project to Netflix Australia. I couldn't be happier!" - Josh Bryer, Red Center Films (client)
“Kindred is fantastic, adventurous, and loads of fun.“ – Screencraft reader
“Imaginative and action-packed, Kindred is a thrilling story.” – Black List reader
My OPTIONED script 'The Third Bomb' won 1st place at the prestigious Nashville Film Festival, was a Finalist at Script Pipeline and Screencraft, a Semi-Finalist at Big Break and a Second Rounder at Austin.
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." - Tracking-Board.com
Name: Phil Parker
Lives in: Sydney, Australia
Occupation: Screenwriter and Script Consultant
Unique traits: I have to look at a bright light in order to unlock a trapped sneeze.
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? (interstitial)
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.
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)
The University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)
University of Southern California