The Princess & the Bear

Gina Lambropoulos

Feature film

A gay nightclub owner has his life thrown into chaos when his estranged seven year-old-niece is dumped on his doorstep for him to look after.


“Some of my best friends are bears.”   Mia (7) Publican BARRY (50) heads to bed after an all-nighter at The Chapel, his men’s only leather and bear bar. The ageing bar is struggling to stay afloat, its survival now pinned on a successful Christmas trade. Barry can’t sleep. He …

About Gina Lambropoulos

Gina Lambropoulos is a Melbourne screenwriter and community radio producer/presenter on Joy 94.9.

She’s currently working on the next draft of her feature script The Princess and the Bear which was optioned by Matthewswood Productions. The project has since received development support from Screen Australia and Film Victoria.

The Princess and the Bear won the 2016 Open Channel/Australian Writer’s Guild – New Writer’s Script Competition for Best Feature Script.

In 2017 she participated in the Talent Camp VIC workshop, a diversity and inclusion initiative supported by Film Victoria, the Australian Film Television & Radio School (AFTRS) and Screen Australia. She was also shortlisted for the Equity Foundation Diversity Showcase in the screenwriting category.

In 2015/16 Gina wrote and produced a short film, The Escape Hatch, a feel good romcom written to combat the depressing ‘dead lesbian’ trope. It has screened in 50 festivals worldwide including Frameline41, BFI Flare and MQFF.

Gina produces and presents the weekly radio program Family Matters on Joy 94.9, which is a lighthearted exploration of rainbow families and parenting. She is also the co-producer and podcaster of a new podcast only series Dying to Tell which explores end of life in a frank and honest way. Gina’s also a cohost on Joy 94.9 queer film show Out Takes.

Gina has a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Writing from Deakin University and is a graduate of RMIT University’s Advanced Diploma of Screenwriting. While at RMIT she wrote and produced The Eyes Have It, a documentary exploring the absurd cultural variations of the evil eye. The film opened at the 2012 Antipodes Short Greek Film Festival.

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