Jacklyn Bassanelli

Comedy • Drama

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.


Preconception is a comedy drama (8x30min eps) about Astrid Chalmers, a late thirties actor who has spent the best part of ten years playing ‘mum’ for a living with total disregard for her own biological clock. When she is cast in a long running series with a teenage daughter something …

About Jacklyn Bassanelli

Jacklyn completed an Advanced Diploma in Professional Screenwriting at RMIT in 2013. Since graduating she has written six episodes of the children’s animation Kitty is Not a Cat, airing on Channel 7 in late 2017. She has worked as a researcher and note taker at Fremantle Media and as an actor in numerous short films and television commercials.

Jacklyn is currently developing a television sci fi mystery, Evergreen, with Ruby Entertainment which has support from Scripted Ink and Film Victoria. She is also developing a comedy drama, Preconception, recently accepted onto the AWG Pathways Program.

Prior to screenwriting, Jacklyn was an independent theatre maker, co-founding the company Stuck-Pigs Squealing with Chris Kohn. She co-wrote and performed in tonight i must be brave (2001 WA Fringe Festival), co-produced and performed in 4xBeckett (Store Room, 2002) and performed in the Black Swan of Trespass (Melbourne Fringe 2003, New York International Fringe Festival 2004, B Sharp / Belvoir St 2005, Malthouse Tower Room 2005) with writing and dramaturgical credits. This production received awards from the Green Rooms, New York Fringe and Melbourne Fringe.

Independently Jacklyn produced, devised and performed in Café Amour (Theatre503 London, Edinburgh Fringe 2009), Unholy Site (Croft Institute 2006), Pink Denim in Manhattan (2006 Next Wave Festival), Piccoli Pezzi (little pieces) (2001) and A Red Gum. A Rock. A Duck. (1999). Her text for Unholy Site was translated into Macedonian by Bagryana Popov.

Jacklyn Bassanelli Screenwriter
Jacklyn Bassanelli