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 2017 Black List, 2017 Hit List and 2017 Blood List, as one of Hollywood’s best unproduced scripts. It is currently under option with Rumble Films (Drive, Whiplash, Nightcrawler). She was also 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’. She is currently in development on a number of film, television and VR projects.
She has recently finished working in a Los Angeles-based writers’ room on an anthology horror series for Warner Brothers Digital, and has also worked extensively in Australian writers’ rooms and development. She wrote the inaugural episodes of ‘Wentworth VR’, the official VR adaption of award-winning TV series.
Catherine’s work has won or been shortlisted for many other national and international awards. Her pilot Awake was the winner of the 2017 John Hinde Science Fiction Award for Best Unproduced Script, and received development investment from Shane Brennan’s organization Scripted Ink. Her pilot Living Metal won the 2016 International Emmys’ Ustinov Award for Television Screenwriting, and was also nominated for the 2015 Australian Writers’ Guild Monte Miller Award. Her feature Driven was a Semifinalist in the 2016 Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Awards, as well as a Finalist in the 2016 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards.
Before becoming a screenwriter, she worked extensively 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.
Her fiction work has been published in Nightmare Magazine, Aurealis Magazine, Interzone, Dark Tales, and has been reprinted in various ‘Best Of’ anthologies. Her short story ‘The Nest’ was nominated for a Shadows Award from the Australian Horror Writers’ Association, and her short story ‘Monday-child’ was voted by Aurealis subscribers as ‘Best Story of 2013’.
Catherine graduated in 2011 with a double degree in Arts/Law from the University of Melbourne. 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).