Below The Radar

Gemma Crofts

Drama • War

During WW2, an unconventional group of scientists must come together and protect Australia from invasion. Based on the true story of Ruby Payne-Scott.


Below the Radar takes us back to Sydney circa 1942 and the depths of World War II. ‘National Security’ is a top priority and everyone is paranoid, terrified of the war on our doorstep. Neighbour spies on neighbour and the Commonwealth Intelligence Bureau (CIB) works overtime, keeping up their files on suspected traitors …

About Gemma Crofts

An experienced film and television development professional, Gemma has over fifteen years experience in the industry and over six years experience in script development and assessment. She has assessed and developed scripts for Mushroom Pictures, Dynamic Television (US), Working Title Films (UK) and Werner Film Productions. Previous to this, she gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Film and Television (Producing) from the Victorian College of the Arts, and interned at Working Title and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She crewed on feature films and television, worked at Film Victoria and produced the Bayside Film Festival. She trained in feature script development at the Binger Film Lab in Amsterdam.

Gemma’s screenwriting has won and been shortlisted for both national and international awards. She won the Monte Miller Award for Best Unproduced Long Form Screenplay at the 2015 Australian Writers Guild Awards for her feature film The Man from The Moon, which was optioned by Mushroom Pictures. Her feature script Mayfield has been shortlisted for The Writer’s Lab NY, the Athena IRIS Lab, CineStory, the AWG ‘What Happens Next’ competition and was a semifinalist for the Austin Film Festival Skybound Science Fiction Award in 2017. She was again nominated for the Long Form Monte Miller Award in 2017 for her television pilot Below the Radar, which was optioned by Harvey Taft Productions.

Australian Screenwriter Gemma Crofts
Gemma Crofts