Abbey King is a recent graduate from WA Screen Academy and is developing as a writer and filmmaker in Perth, Western Australia.
Abbey’s film journey began when her year 12 film Break a Leg was shortlisted for Cinefest Cinesnaps in 2017. Her subsequent film she both wrote and directed was What Shines Brightest on the Stranger’s Desert (2019). Stranger’s was nominated for regional, national and international festivals and won her the Best Junior Filmmaker award at Sanctuary Film Festival. Abbey then went onto completing her studies at WA Screen Academy, specialising in screenwriting. There, Abbey wrote her most recent film Heart to Heart (2021) which was shortlisted at WA Made Film Festival. Currently, Abbey is developing an independent short film Forget Me which she will be writing and directing.
While Abbey’s primary focus is good storytelling in tandem with complex characters, her personal aspiration is to incorporate these key elements into a slice-of-life setting. Right now, Abbey is very passionate about writing queer stories, with her most recent short Forget Me centering around a female love story. As a part of the queer community herself, Abbey loves that we’re seeing more queer stories on screen each year and the large number that has come from Australia, specifically those focused on female, feminine or nonbinary characters.
Abbey strives to generate stories that examine interesting people in mundane yet complex settings. Abbey wants her films to resonate with people genuinely. Australind is a small town but with unique people and stories, and Abbey’s goal is to show how small worlds can be the most interesting.
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