In a society where sleep is optional, the rich work and play on a 24-hour cycle. But when a lawyer starts losing time, she realises this new technology comes at a steep price…
In a near-future New York, sleep is optional, thanks to implants – devices that cure the human body of its need to sleep. The rich stay awake 24/7; working, partying, fucking, living. One implant costs seven figures, but it’s a small price to pay for the efficiency of a 24-hour …
Catherine S. McMullen is a screenwriter for film, TV and VR.
In 2017, her feature script The Other Lamb was on the Black List, Hit List and Blood List, as one of Hollywood’s best unproduced scripts. Currently in post-production, and produced by David Lancaster and Stephanie Wilcox at Rumble Pictures (Drive, Whiplash), directed by Malgorzata Szumowska, and starring Raffey Cassidy (Vox Lux, Killing Of A Sacred Deer) and Michiel Huisman (Game Of Thrones, Haunting Of Hill House).
Catherine is a writer on the upcoming horror anthology series Two Sentence Horror Stories for The CW / Warner Brothers Digital, and has also worked extensively in Australian writers’ rooms and development. Her digital series Parked is currently in development with Princess Pictures, funded by Screen Australia and YouTube. She also wrote Wentworth VR, the official VR adaption of award-winning TV series, and Winner of 2018 SPA Award for Interactive Production.
Catherine’s work has won or been shortlisted for many other national and international awards. She was on the 2017 Young & Hungry List of up-and-coming screenwriters, and the 2016 Inside Film List as one of the Australian screen industry’s ‘Rising Talents’.
Her pilot Awake was the winner of the 2017 John Hinde Science Fiction Award for Best Unproduced Script, and received development investment from not-for-profit organization Scripted Ink.
Her pilot Living Metal won the 2016 Sir Peter Ustinov Award from the International Emmys, and was also nominated for the 2015 Australian Writers’ Guild Monte Miller Award.
Before becoming a screenwriter, she worked as a production freelancer in various departments. Her professional credits include HBO’s The Leftovers, Syfy series Hunters and Childhood’s End, teen series Nowhere Boys, unscripted shows Real Housewives Of Melbourne and Formal Wars, and feature films Cut Snake and Paper Planes.
She is a life-long nerd and former MMO addict, and enjoys books, TV, movies and games, especially if they’re about robots or dragons (or possibly robotic dragons). She is managed by Chris Deckard and Krista Carpenter at Fictional Entity (US), and represented by Dayne Kelly at RGM (Aus).