The Nightingale Syndrome

Michelle Offen, Trudy Hellier


There are some patients so dangerous no one’s willing to treat them. Those patients are sent to the Nightingale on Ward 43…


The Nightingale Syndrome – a medical drama injected with crime. In the hospital system there are patients, so dangerous, no one’s willing to treat them. Those patients are sent under armoured guard to ‘The Nightingale’, Dr SOPHIE MALLICK on Ward 43 – from dangerous inmates direct from correctional centres, to those …

About Michelle Offen

Michelle is a television writer, story and script editor. She has had her work screened on all Australian television networks with credits across several genres including crime (Hyde and SeekEast West 101, Rush), mystery (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries), animation (Tashi, The Wild Adventures of Blinky Bill), children’s live action (Conspiracy 365, Sam Fox, Play School), as well as action adventure such as Wild Boys and serial (Home and Away and Neighbours). She won an AWGIE for East West 101 (Season 1) and has received two NSW Premier’s Literary Award nominations and two QLD Premier’s Literary Awards for episodes of East West 101 (Haunted By The Past and The Price of Salvation).

About Trudy Hellier

Trudy worked extensively as an actor with regular roles in series such as Front Line and Around the Twist before studying screenwriting at RMIT.  She won an AFI for her first short film script Break and Enter with Oscar winning producer Melanie Coombs. Trudy and Melanie developed feature films Barking Love – an Irish/Australian co-production and the female action adventure Car City (Screen Australia development). Trudy wrote on series 1 and 2 of Lowdown (ABC TV, co-written with Amanda Brotchie and Adam Zwar) won the narrative comedy AWGIE and received an AACTA nomination for the same work. With Maria Theodorakis, Trudy Co-created online series Little Acorns, staring Rachel Griffiths. Little Acorns received Best Writing at NYC webfest, SPAA and ADG nominations, won numerous international awards and sold to Virgin Airlines. It is was recently optioned by a major Australian network as a long-form series. As producers, Trudy and Maria were supported through Gender Matters (Screen Australia) for comedy series, Caravan of Love and their drama series Black Eyes, was selected for the Film Victoria writer’s room with US show runner Simon Mirren, Criminal Minds. Trudy was selected by Film Victoria to attend the Cinestory Lab in Los Angeles CA in 2017. She recently completed an animation feature, Daisy Quokka for Like a Photon and NBC Universal. A successful playwright, Trudy won the RE Ross Trust Award for Waking Up Dead, produced in a sellout season at Fortyfivedownstairs, nominated for a Greenroom Award and received a Regional Arts Vic tour 2016. Her short films that have screened at numerous international festivals including, Clermont Ferrand, Edinborough, NY and Aspen.

Australian Screenwriter Michelle Offen
Michelle Offen
Australian Screenwriter Trudy Hellier
Trudy Hellier