Red Belly Black

Tavis Urquhart


The residents of a central Australian mining town are forced to fight for survival after they are cut off from the rest of the world by a dangerous and mysterious dust storm.


“To share fear is the greatest bond of all” – J.A. Baker, The Peregrine   A 6 X 1 HOUR SERIALISED, SCI-FI THRILLER FOR TELEVISION. The ex-mining town of Mount Gundawindi (pop. 1053) wakes up on the 7th of June 2020 with no T.V, internet or phone access. Already geographically …

About Tavis Urquhart

Tavis Urquhart is a Melbourne-based screenwriter. After completing a Bachelor of Film and Television from Swinburne University, Tavis graduated from the Masters of Screenwriting at the Victorian College of the Arts, finishing with First Class Honours. His graduating feature script was runner-up for the 2015 Best Screenplay Award. Since then, Tavis has focused on building a slate of television and film scripts of varying genres, from horror/comedy to science-fiction to drama.

His pilot script Red Belly Black was the runner up for the 2017 John Hinde Science-Fiction Award from the Australian Writers’ Guild. He was short-listed again in 2018 for his script The Last Crop, which subsequently received funding for further development from Scripted Ink. His short film, King, Coward that he wrote and directed won best film at the 2018 Reel Good Film Festival and recently played at the 2019 Stellar Film Festival. Tavis has worked in writers’ rooms and development for various production companies, and his career goal is to formulate strong professional relationships with other writers and producers, as well as working on his own projects. He values stories that reflect the social landscape; parables that explore issues currently rattling the zeitgeist, while still reflecting deeper underlying truths.

Australian Screenwriter Tavis Urquhart
Tavis Urquhart