Ella Roby, Zahid Gamieldien


When a hapless woman becomes a portal for interdimensional beings, she’s inconvenienced by an inept villain who wants to control the borders between worlds.


Grace Smith-Smith is under pressure. She’s about to lose her job, her boyfriend has dumped her and she’s deeply in debt. To make matters worse, Grace is struck by lightning and resurrected as the Portalgate—a portal for interdimensional travellers. Her life spirals out of control as she’s forced to interact …

About Ella Roby

Ella Roby is an Australian screenwriter and editor who writes both independently and as part of two writing teams. She is currently developing a number of feature film and television projects.

In 2018, Ella was one of five screenwriters chosen to be part of the inaugural Charlie’s Lab Pilot program at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood: a joint initiative by Australians in Film, Scripted Ink and the Australian Writers’ Guild, designed to connect Australian writers with key figures in the US film and TV industry.

In August 2017, Ella was one of the successful applicants of Endemol Shine Australia’s Smart for a Girl: Roar competition. This program is the brainchild of creative collaborators Imogen Banks and Alice Bell and was designed to address the lack of opportunity for entry-level screenwriters in the television industry. It is part of Screen Australia’s Gender Matters: Brilliant Careers initiative.

Ella’s co-written drama pilot Lacuna was a 2017 Austin Film Festival semifinalist, while her co-written drama pilot Small Town was a 2017 Shore Scripts winner and placed third in WeScreenplay’s TV Pilot competition. Small Town has received development funding from Australian screenwriting incubator, Scripted Ink.

In 2016, Ella co-wrote the sci-fi comedy pilot Portalgate which has been inducted into the Australian Writers’ Guild’s selective Pathways program and was a finalist for the 2016 John Hinde Award for Science Fiction. The project has also been shortlisted for the WeScreenplay Diverse Voices and Gateway LA screenwriting awards.

Ella is represented by The Fleming Agency.

About Zahid Gamieldien

Zahid Gamieldien is an Australian author, screenwriter, editor and writing tutor. His screenplays and short stories have been nominated for awards, both in Australia and internationally. Since 2015, his fiction has been widely published in prestigious journals such as Overland, Kill Your Darlings, Meanjin and Mascara Literary Review.

He holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Writing and Cultural Studies) and teaches short story, novel and script writing through the Writers’ Studio in Sydney. In addition, he provides freelance editing services for established and emerging prose and screenplay writers.

He is currently working—independently and in collaboration—on several creative projects, including a short story collection, television series, film and novel. Find him at zahidgamieldien.com.

Ella Roby
Zahid Gamieldien Screenwriter
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