G'day! I'm an American/Aussie screenwriter based in Sydney, Australia who was named by the International Screenwriters' Association as one of their Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch. I currently have an animated film in production and have been hired to write several scripts for producers (see below) in the UK, Australia, India and the UAE. Previously, I was a video/promo writer and editor 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. :-)
NOTE: Because I'm an Australian permanent resident, any Australian or international co-production that hires me could qualify for the 40% Producer's Tax Offset offered by the Australian government.
PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT THIS YEAR:
- FLY GIRLS (paid writing assignment): hired to write a WWII action/drama. Status: Script delivered. Packaging to begin in 2019.
- BROKEN WINGS (paid writing assignment): hired to write a winter-sports action/drama script for producers in India. Rob Kaplan attached direct. Status: script completed. In development in 2019.
- CATSAWAY (paid writing assignment): hired to write a 30-page treatment for this animated adventure. Status: In production. Due for release soon..
- KINDRED (paid writing assignment): hired to rewrite this Australian indigenous-superhero script. Status: Script completed. First Place Winner at the Native American Tribal Film Festival. In development in 2019.
- THE THIRD BOMB (WWII action/adventure spec script): Status: Currently being packaged by a BAFTA-winning producer.
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." - 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!" - 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
"The women of FLYGIRLS 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 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
Unique traits: I have to look at a bright light in order to unlock a trapped sneeze.
Kindred Budget: $10M - $30M | Action ⋄ Sci-fi ⋄ Adventure A man who refuses to face his past is visited by his future daughter, with a desperate plea: 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.
Catsaway Animation (NEWS UPDATE: Now in production). When a city council decides to impound all stray animals, a selfish ex-house cat seeks refuge with a family of street cats, but to earn his place, he must learn to put others first and outsmart the Feline Mafia henchman that stands between the cats and the new home that will save them all.
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.
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.
Film (Animation, Adventure, Comedy and Family) Writer
QUARTERFINALIST - Screencraft Scifi/Fantasy 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)