Melbourne based writer Jessica Brookman has been writing for Australian film and television for twenty years. A prolific writer with an illustrious résumé, she has written for the BAFTA and International Emmy Award-winning fantasy series Nowhere Boys.
Other notable highlights include writing on the family drama musical The Secret Daughter and Itch, a young adult show adapted from BBC Radio’s Simon Mayo’s bestselling teen novel. Jessica also spent many years staffed on Australian favourite Neighbours, the iconic long-running drama serial that is famous for being the launching pad for Hollywood stars like Margot Robbie and Liam Hemsworth. Jessica also script edited the spin-off Nowhere Boys feature film The Book of Shadows and 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 is also in demand as a story consultant on programs for both commercial networks and Australia’s National broadcaster, most recently on the psychological thriller Secret Bridesmaids’ Business.
In 2018 Jessica won a placement in the highly competitive Scripted Ink/Screentime Hothouse Initiative in conjunction with Channel Nine, creating two original drama projects. Alongside the substantial slate of television projects Jessica has created, she regularly collaborates with fellow Australian writer Eloise Healey. Many of their projects have had success in script competitions in both Australia and the USA. Their project Black Creek was one of the inaugural recipients of funding from Scripted Ink, the peer-reviewed philanthropic organisation identifying standout writing talent spearheaded by Shane Brennan (NCIS & NCIS: Los Angeles showrunner). They also currently have projects in development with Australian companies EQ Media, December Media and Ambience Entertainment. With post-graduate qualifications obtained in Australia, Jessica went on to graduate from UCLA’s Professional Program in Screenwriting in 2012, where she was nominated for the Nate Wilson Award for Most Promising Student. In her spare time she’s also working on her debut novel.
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