Mrs Burswood

Arky Michael, Kym Vercoe

Feature film

An elderly suburban woman finds a new lease on life after a chance meeting with two Bengali tailors.


Mrs Burswood, struggling to care for her dementia affected husband, answers a newspaper advertisement regarding a tailor made dress. In a city hotel, she meets two travelling tailors from Bengal who over the course of series of meetings and fittings, make Mrs Burswood realize that life is far more textured …

About Arky Michael

NIDA graduate of 1982. Arky’s acting career includes television, stage and film – spanning three and a half decades. For the stage, he has been co-writer/devisor for several independent theatre companies including Kantanka and version 1.0, with whom he collaborated on the Helpmann Award winning This Kind of Ruckus (2010).

For the screen Arky has written several internationally and nationally screened short films, most notably Luke Eve’s Australian Summer, which won Best Film at Tropfest (2005).

Mrs Burswood is his first feature screenplay.

About Kym Vercoe

Kym Vercoe graduated from UWS/Theatre Nepean in 1996. Over the past two decades she has worked as a performer/devisor/director and writer for a number of Australia’s leading independent theatre companies, including Kantanka and version 1.0. Her work with version 1.0 includes the Helpmann Award winning This Kind of Ruckus, the Drover Award winning Deeply Offensive and Utterly Untrue, and the Peace Trust Award winning Seven Kilometres North-East.

In 2012 Kym (writer/lead actor) adapted seven kilometres north-east into a feature film with Berlinale Golden Bear Award winning Bosnian director Jasmila Žbanić. The film, For Those Who Can Tell No Tales, premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2013, and has screened at over 50 festivals across the world, including the 2014 Sydney Film Festival. In 2014 Kym was interviewed by Margaret Throsby for ABC Classic FM’s midday interview.

Mrs Burswood is Kym’s second feature screenplay.

Australian Screenwriter Army Michael
Arky Michael
Australian Screenwriter Kym Vercoe
Kym Vercoe