Phil O'Brien

Phil O'Brien


Sydney, Australia

Member Since:
October 2019
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About Phil

I am fairly new to screenwriting and I am currently based in Sydney Australia.

In my life I have been a cop. I have been a martial arts instructor. I have been a lawyer I am now a private investigator specialising in workplace issues.

Some people say that truth is stranger than fiction but in my experience that's not the case. I have often been told that I should write a book , however if you knew me you would know that writing a TV show would be more my thing so that's what I did.

My first 2 scripts, The Investigators and The Dojo are based on my actual life, I am the character of Paul McKnight in both. The Complex Life is also based on my life and my family 'loosely', my wife and I do have 5 kids between us 4 ex's and an assortment of interesting relatives.

The other characters and scripts are composites of people I met over my years as a Police Officer and Investigator and 30 years as a martial art instructor. The situations are real, although I have embellished somewhat for dramatic effect.

My scripts have some connection to my actual life in one way or another.

I enjoy writing comedy however I have completed one action script so far and have some other action/police procedural/sci-fi in the pipeline partially completed.

I am currently seeking representation.

Unique traits: My scripts have a direct connection to my life in one way or another.


  • Cue Ball & Larry

    Cue Ball & Larry Budget: $1M - $5M | Comedy A Detective with psychic abilities serves, protects and takes down the cities criminals with the help of his best friend from Patrol, despite interference from his boss and an assortment of quirky partners.

  • Beyond the Reach

    Beyond the Reach Budget: $100K - $1M | Action A specialist team work together combining their skills and diverse backgrounds to combat threats including terrorist cells, organized crime, outlaw gangs and criminals all beyond the reach of traditional methods while dealing with their own personal doubts and friction within the team and the secretive agenda of their covert masters.

  • Complex Life

    Complex Life Budget: $100K - $1M | Comedy A couple, their five kids to four ex’s and an assortment of pets and in-laws navigate living in the same condo complex. Life was simple for a tech billionaire until he bought the complex and opened the doors to the family.

  • The Investigators

    The Investigators Budget: $100K - $1M | Comedy A private investigator with no filter or sense of humor works for a company that focuses on workplace complaints.  He navigates his way through a series of unusual situations while dealing with his eccentric boss and co-workers and his office nemesis.

  • The Dojo

    The Dojo Comedy A look inside a suburban karate school filled with quirky characters and situations.  At times the biggest problem for the owner is not his competition but what to do with overly enthusiastic assistant instructor.  Despite his good intentions the Dojo can be a place of egos, power struggles and personality clashes.  


  • University of Western Sydney

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