The Replacements

Jessica Paine


To cover up a calculated act of self-harm, one of the first clones to attend high school needs the help of a new student who’s been warned to avoid the clones at all costs.


The first generation of clones have arrived at high school, and no one wants to sit with them. It’s hard to figure out who you are as a teenager, but it’s downright complicated if you’re a copy of someone else. LARA (16), a seemingly ordinary girl, heads off to school …

About Jessica Paine

Jessica Paine is a screenwriter, script editor and obsessive tea drinker.

She has performed every conceivable role in a story room – working her way up from Trainee through to Associate Story Producer and Story Editor. Having spent 2017 working in the UK on long-running British icon Emmerdale, she also continues to write scripts for Neighbours, while developing other projects.

After a previous life spent as a producer working in breakfast television, Jess completed her Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Screenwriting at AFTRS. Her major project for the latter, a pilot script for an hour-long dramedy, was nominated for a Monte Miller Award in 2013.  Since then Jess has worked with, and learned from, some of Australia’s most acclaimed writers in a range of rooms, for a wide array of shows (including Deadline Gallipoli, Wonderland, Cleverman).

Jess was also awarded a spot in the Charlie’s Lab Program in Los Angeles (sponsored by Scripted Ink, hosted by Australians in Film) thanks to her YA genre pilot script The Replacements.

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