The cast of season two of Nowhere Boys, photo courtesy of Matchbox Pictures
Melbourne based writer Jessica Brookman has been writing for film and television for over ten years. She has written for the BAFTA and International Emmy Award-winning series Nowhere Boys, local favourite The Secret Daughter and Itch – an ABC children’s show based on Simon Mayo’s bestselling teen novel. She was also previously script editor on the Nowhere Boys feature film, The Book of Shadows, and story consultant for Channel Seven’s upcoming drama Secret Bridesmaid’s Business. Most recently she participated in the Scripted Ink/Screentime Hothouse Initiative in conjunction with Channel Nine, creating two original drama projects.
Jessica got her start as a writer on the long-running television drama series Neighbours, working as storyliner, story editor and script writer. While writing for Neighbours she also script edited the independent feature film The Caretaker, which won Best International Feature at Buffalo Screams Horror Fest, Best Feature at Seattle True Independent Film Festival and Best Feature at DC Independent Film Festival, Washington.
Jessica graduated from UCLA’s Professional Program in Screenwriting in 2012 and was nominated for the Nate Wilson Award for Most Promising Student. In her spare time she collaborates with fellow writer Eloise Healey. Together, Jessica and Eloise have created a broad slate of original television dramas that have had success in script competitions in both Australia and the USA. Their project Black Creek was one of the first recipients of development funding from prestigious Scripted Ink and also received Film Victoria support.