Dane Picken

Feature film

While banned from boxing for racism, coach Jane ‘Boogie’ McCauley meets Azeeza, a young Pakistani refugee fighter, and puts aside her prejudice to train the girl for the UFC.


Jane ‘Boogie’ McCauley, 40, is a south Sydney native and three-time Australian women’s boxing champion. She’s beautiful even with the squashed nose of a former fighter, hair bleached a shade too light, rarely seen without her diamante-brimmed baseball cap. Issues with concussion forced Boogie out of the ring early, and …

About Dane Picken

Dane Picken graduated from the Master of Screenwriting at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2016.

He lives in Melbourne where he writes and produces television for a sports media company, whose content is broadcasted across Europe and the Middle East.

Dane has written several spec scripts for the Melbourne based soap Neighbours, through which he was offered in-house experience as script coordinator at Fremantle Media, and his feature screenplay Boogie was shortlisted in the 2017 AWG INSITE award.

Before pursuing a career in film and television, Dane was a teacher working with young refugees in the Melbourne suburbs of Footscray and Dandenong.

He is also a former competitive Judo player, who represented Australia predominantly throughout Asia and the Pacific.

Dane’s professional and personal pursuits have fostered an interest in communities striving to negotiate cultural differences and frictions. This informs his work, which he always aims to write with humour and heart.

Australian Screenwriter Dane Picken
Dane Picken