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 fifteen years experience in the industry and over five years experience in script development and assessment. She has assessed and developed scripts for Mushroom Pictures, Dynamic Television (Los Angeles) and Working Title Films (Sydney). 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 writing has been shortlisted for many national and international awards. Gemma won the Monte Miller Award for Best Unproduced Feature Screenplay at the 2015 Australian Writers Guild Awards for her feature film The Man from The Moon, now in development at Mushroom Pictures. She has had one short script produced (Hold, dir Maggie Miles, 2007), and has had screenplays shortlisted for the Tasmanian Gothic Script Challenge 2014 and the AWG What Happens Next Competition 2015. Most recently she made the semifinals of the Austin Film Festival Skybound Science Fiction Award in 2017. Her television pitch Ducks on the Pond is in development with Harvey Taft Productions and her feature Mayfield is in active development with director Natalie Erika James.

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