Stu Willis

Stuart tells stories about people at war with themselves. An award-winning writer and director of elevated genre, he strives to make content that is thematically rich, has great characters, amazing visuals, authentic humanity, and is great entertainment — its why he’s so drawn to genre.

PAYLOAD (the feature and story world) is a successor to Stuart’s early short film of the same name.  The film screened at numerous (20+) international festivals and was released online in 2012 to immediate acclaim including Short of the Week, TwitchFilm, io9 and many others. At last count it was seen in over 150 different countries. It is currently streaming on SVOD-service, Amazon Prime.

2018 sees Stuart working with co-writer Matthew Clayfield and mentor Vicki Madden on REVERSION: a sci-fi crime thriller about a white female police detective who goes undercover in the body of a black man. Development is supported by Screen Australia.

In 2017, Stuart was nominated for an ADG Award for Best Direction in an Online Drama Project for RESTORATION. RESTORATION, a cerebral sci-fi thriller, was released on the Nine Network, and then on Stan. Structured to be both a web-series and a tele-feature, Stuart co-wrote the script with Matthew Clayfield and directed. RESTORATION was Highly Commended in the John Hinde Award (produced category) and was nominated for a 2015 AWGIE for Best Comedy/Drama (Other Form). It has picked up awards and nominations in all categories. More information can be found at

Stuart was supported by Scripted Ink to be a participant in the writer’s room for Alexi Mizin and Ryan van Dijk’s MERIDIAN. He was part of Sweet Potato Film’s (The Kettering Incident) writers room for their techno-thriller web series, Save Gave; and the writer’s room for new superhero comedy, The Elementals. He was a speaker at the AWG’s National Screenwriter’s Conference in March 2016.

Earlier, Stuart undertake a FilmVictoria Director’s Placement on HUNTERS, a Valhalla Entertainment production, with the Producing-Director, Emile Levisetti.With the support of Arts Victoria & the VCA, Stuart undertook a year-long mentorship with renowned script developer, Stephen Cleary.

Stuart is a Masters graduate of the VCA School of Film and Television.

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