The Footballer

Patrick Zeine, Harry Aletras

Feature film

A 34-year-old Australian living in Ireland must confront his past when given one last chance to become a professional Australian Rules footballer.


Jim is a skilled Gaelic footballer living in Dublin, Ireland. His past keeps him emotionally withdrawn, affecting his relationship with his girlfriend, Neve. Back in Melbourne, Australia, the Carlton Football Club is met with sanctions for salary cap breaches. Club president, Kerry Stapelton, is under pressure from his board and …

About Patrick Zeine

Working out of Melbourne and Sydney, Patrick Zeine is a Screenwriter and Producer. He has a background in digital content and currently works for ARE in Sydney, producing Augmented and Virtual reality content.

The Footballer was co-written with Harry Aletras, which is one of three projects they have collaborated on.

About Harry Aletras

Harry is a passionate storyteller with a love for the cinematic arts. Harry holds a degree in Fine Arts (Media Art) at RMIT and a Master of Screenwriting at VCA. His first feature length screenplay Martingale received the 2015 Insite Award for best un-produced screenplay presented by the AWG and Adelaide Film Festival. It has since received development funding through Scripted Ink, supervised by Tim Pye and Blake Ayshford.

The Footballer co-written by Patrick Zeine was shortlisted for the 2017 Insite Award for best un-produced screenplay. Both screenplays were featured on the AWG Pathways Showcase.

Harry is currently developing a Surreal Dark Comedy series with fellow Pathways inductees, Patrick Zeine, Elizabeth Dias and Russell Bywater. He is also developing a Fantasy/Drama with Dieu Nguyen and Aina Frozt, In Aeternum, about a mysterious portrait, a preacher’s daughter and hysteria-fuelled witch hunt.

Australian Screenwriter Patrick Zeine
Patrick Zeine
Australian Screenwriter Harry Aletras
Harry Aletras