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 …
Gemma Crofts is a screenwriter for film and television. Her screenwriting has won and been shortlisted for both Australian and international awards, with most recently her feature The Compound being shortlisted for the McCraith Residency by the Australian Writers Guild. Her feature script Mayfield won the Bronze Prize for Sci Fi at the 2019 PAGE Awards, and was shortlisted for The Writer’s Lab NY, the Athena IRIS Lab, CineStory, the AWG ‘What Happens Next’ competition, a semifinalist for the Austin Film Festival Skybound Science Fiction Award in 2017 and is now in development with director Greg McLean (Wolf Creek).
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, and was again nominated in 2017 for Below the Radar, which was optioned by Harvey Taft Productions. Her rom com script St Kilda was recently selected for a rehearsed reading with Australians in Film/ Live Read LA.
The feature script Surface which she co-wrote with CS McMullen (The Other Lamb) was selected for the 2019 Athena IRIS Screenwriters Lab with mentor Michael Arndt.
She is also a development executive with over eight 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.