Jeff McMahon is a screenwriter and novelist with four screenplays currently on the market; ‘Duplicity’, a drama set in the S-E of Australia, and three comedies set in the US, one of which, ‘New Deli’ (a romantic-comedy set in Brooklyn), was awarded second place in the 2017 New York Metropolitan Screenplay Competition, and semi-finalist in a number of others.
With two completed novels (‘Legacies’, and ‘Sojourn’), and a work-in-progress thriller in the style of Stephen King, Jeff also has an inkling to write a play that keeps wending its way through his brain.
Like many a writer, Jeff began writing poetry in his late teens (some of which he is a quite proud). He drifted into part-time teaching and then, as a budding actor, embarked on a freelance copywriting career to supplement his income. His acting career included several semi-professional theatrical productions, roles in various films and TV productions, and numerous television commercials.
Jeff is a graduate of Adelaide University with a Bachelor Degree in Economics and Russian History, and is a qualified teacher of Media Studies and History. Over the years, his professional development has included courses conducted by facilitators such as the late Barry Took (writing partner of the late Marty Feldman), linguist Austin Steele, and casual seminars through the Australian Writers’ Guild involving playwright Andrew Bovell et al.
In the past he has represented the interests of writers in several capacities; as a member of the former South Australian Film Industry Assessment Committee (SAFIAC, SA Dept of the Arts, subsumed by the SA Film Corp), and as a committee member of the Australian Writers’ Guild (SA), during which time he was responsible for coordinating script entries for various categories of that organisation’s annual writing awards – eg Monty Miller Award, Radio Comedy Award.
It is probably fair to say that Jeff’s intention is to at least pay the bills while continuing to tell stories in his two preferred media; viz, film and novels, even though he has penchant for watching good comedy and drama on television.
Unique traits: I'm unique, just like everyone else. I am left-handed and can, believe it or not, write cursive in reverse from right to left, just like good ol' Leonardo. I like to think my business is creating. Imagine that!
New Deli Budget: $10M - $30M | Romance ⋄ Comedy An ingenuous Indian architecture student, undaunted by the entrenched prejudice he encounters, teams with a vivacious classmate to save a Brooklyn delicatessen from demolition ... and ultimately realises his American Dream.
Once Bitten Budget: $10M - $30M | Comedy ⋄ Drama A widowed, forties-something socialite, sworn off men after a failed marriage, finds herself smitten by her new working class neighbor but must compete with her scheming best friend in order to win his love.
Duplicity Budget: $5M - $10M | Thriller ⋄ Drama When the heiress to her estranged father’s ailing wool-growing dynasty investigates the reasons for its demise, she unearths a culture of deception, racism, and misplaced loyalty – with tragic consequences.
What A Girl Needs Budget: $5M - $10M | Action ⋄ Comedy When a ‘dumb blonde’, would-be romance writer sets out to get what she wants and ‘reclaims’ a diamond bracelet from her philandering husband’s lover, she discovers she’s not so dumb after all ... and gets what she really needs.
Positive Aging in Happy Valley Budget: $5M - $10M | Independent ⋄ Comedy When a newly arrived resident in a retirement facility encounters the former love of her life, forsaken for another many years ago, she is determined to finally tie the knot with him... despite him suffering the onset of dementia.
The Legend of Willie Telberg Budget: $5M - $10M | Independent ⋄ Comedy In the Fall of 1856, an African-American farmer in Kansas is forced to test his marksmanship and shoot a pet gerbil from his son’s head, in order to save the community from an ex-Confederate Captain turned outlaw.
'New Deli' awarded second place in 2017 New York Metropolitan Screenplay Competition