Jacklyn Bassanelli


When a late-thirties jobbing actor, with a weakness for booze and musicians, is cast with a teenage daughter, she decides to test her own fertility.


In 6 x 30 serialised episodes Preconception is a comedy drama about leaving it too late to have a baby. Maxine Chalmers has always wanted to be a mother but, much like her acting career, she thought it would just happen. She’s indecisive, likes drinking and unavailable men, and has …

About Jacklyn Bassanelli

Jacklyn Bassanelli is a Melbourne based screenwriter working in television.

She has recently worked as a Script Editor on Halifax: Retribution for Channel Nine and participated in the Scripted Ink / Screentime ‘Hothouse’ initiative in collaboration with Channel Nine, developing two original drama ideas, House Vitali and Private Lies. In 2018 she won the AWG’s ‘Laugh Out Loud’ comedy pilot competition with her comedy/drama script Preconception. Jacklyn has written seven episodes of Kitty is Not a Cat for BES Animation and Channel 7, developed a sci-fi mystery Evergreen, with support from Film Victoria and Scripted Ink, and is further developing Preconception with support from Scripted Ink. She’s participated in writer’s rooms for Private Universe and Cortex and completed a writing internship on the long running Foxtel drama Wentworth, with support from Film Victoria and Scripted Ink. She’s also worked as a notetaker and researcher for Matchbox Pictures and Fremantle Media.

Prior to screenwriting, Jacklyn was an independent theatre maker, co-founding the multi award-winning company Stuck Pigs Squealing with Chris Kohn where she collaborated as writer, actor and dramaturg. She travelled to New York, Paris, London, Edinburgh and Sydney with the company and her own work including Black Swan of Trespass, Pink Denim in Manhattan, Unholy Site and Cafe Amour.

Australian Screenwriter Jacklyn Bassanelli
Jacklyn Bassanelli