Living Metal

C. S. McMullen

Crime • Sci-Fi

In a near-future society where androids are second-class citizens, two detectives discover a far-reaching conspiracy that forces them to re-evaluate what it means to be human.


Living Metal is a high-concept sci-fi drama, set in a near-future U.S.A, where androids (or ‘metals’) are commonplace. The metals do all the worst jobs; the jobs that humans no longer want to do. They do the dangerous work, the dirty work, and they do it without complaining. They’re a …

About C. S. McMullen

Catherine Smyth-McMullen is a screenwriter and film & TV professional.

In 2016, she was chosen as the winner of the prestigious Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award, awarded by the International Emmys Foundation. She was recently included on the 2016 Inside Film List as one of the Australian screen industry’s ‘Rising Talents,’ and was one of the inaugural recipients of Scripted Ink funding, for a placement in the script department on acclaimed television show Wentworth.

Catherine’s work has been shortlisted for many other national and international awards. Her sci-fi thriller feature Driven was a Semifinalist in the 2016 Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Awards, a Finalist in the 2016 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, and was nominated for the Lorne Film Festival’s $10,000 Screenwriting Award.

Her sci-fi pilot Living Metal was a Finalist for the 2015 Monte Miller Award for “Best Unproduced Screenplay” from the Australian Writers’ Guild, as well as the AWG’s ‘What Happens Next’ and ‘Think Inside The Box’ competitions, a Finalist in Scriptapalooza’s TV Pilot competition, as well as others.

As a production freelancer, 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. She also works as a note-taker and researcher for TV writers’ rooms, and writes analysis and coverage for both scripts and prose.

Her fiction work has been published in Nightmare Magazine, Aurealis Magazine, Interzone, Dark Tales, and has been reprinted in anthologies such as Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror and Focus 2013: Highlights of Australian Short Fiction. Her short story The Nest was nominated for an Australian 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).

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