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  Film CV


Back to Babylon
Honourable Mention
, 2006, One-In-Ten Screenplay Contest

Making Fantastic Short Films
Embryo Films
, 2006
Rie wrote the script and teaching package for this excellent resource for use in schools all over the world.

, 2003, Ztudio What IF? Award for "best unproduced screenplay", IF Awards.
Finalist, 2003, One-In-Ten Screenplay Contest
Semi-finalist, 2005, Nicholl Fellowship
Quarter finalist, 2003, American Screenwriting Competition

, 2008, One-In-Ten Screenplay Contest

Play On
Finalist, 2007, One-In-Ten Screenplay Contest
Quarter Finalist, 2002, Hollywood's Next Success

Dancing with the Daffodils
Finalist, 2002, One-in-Ten Screenplay Contest
Quarter Finalist, 2003, Hollywood's Next Success

Playing it Straight
First Prize, 2000, aGLIFF Screenwriters award (Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival)

Wherever You Are (aka Jamie's Journey) has been optioned by Playback Entertainment, and was selected for the October 2005 reading at the Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne.

Rie has written fifteen feature-length screenplays, many short scripts, and attended various screenwriting workshops and workshops on writing for television, including Robert McKee's "story", "comedy" and "thriller" classes, Linda Aronson's "Screen writing updated" classes, "writing for television" and "writing and making the short film" 3-day workshops run by the AWG, among others. She attended the summer school in film-making at Melbourne University in 2002. Rie has completed all of Hal Croasman's on-line screenwriting workshops.

Rie has other feature scripts which have not been sent to competition, including a teen comedy (The Course of True Love, 2004); a road movie which uses parallel narrative structure (alternatE/Lives); and a family fantasy (Dragonspeaker). She has adapted a biography (Stanislavski's Child, from the book Lilya's Journey) which received much acclaim at a South Coast Writer's Centre reading. Many of her screenplays are under consideration by producers.

She has adapted several books on commission by various producers, a historical mini-series (The Lady Bushranger, Playback Entertainment), a TV pilot and a feature film, Peter, from the award-winning young adult novel by Kate Walker.

In 2000, Rie was selected as an emerging writer at the Tropnest writer's centre at Fox Studios. She completed the first and second draft of a screenplay - Truth and Beauty

2001 - wrote, directed and produced a short film (6 minutes) - The Last Secret - which has been or will be screened at more than thirty six local and international festivals, and was screened on New Zealand, Dutch and German TV.

2001 - wrote, directed and produced a short film (7 mins) - Picture Perfect (4 film festivals)

2002 - wrote, directed and produced a short film (7 mins) - Family Affair (5 film festivals)

2003 - wrote, directed and produced a short film (5 mins) - My Family is Special (2 film festivals)

Rie has written other short scripts, including Call Me (2003, dir. Luke Dunham), and Life - a celebration selected for the Sydney 2004 Rainbow Flag project.

Rie has written and directed five short films for the NSW Department of Education:

- Loren Gets A Job, for Year 9 students,
- How to Make a Short Film, suitable for Year 6 upward,
- First Day of School, for year 6 students,
- Positive Behaviour Support,
And a promotional film for Figtree High School.

Making Fantastic Short Films is a great teaching resource for upper primary schools and high schools. It was nominated for three categories in the 2007 ATOM awards - best primary resource, best secondary resource, and it won Best Instructional Resource in Australia and New Zealand! Rie wrote the script and the teaching package for this great production by Jeff Bollow of Embryo Films.

Rie has written several short films which are available for production.

She is also happy to write shorts from your ideas.

If you are interested in any of the shorts, or would like Rie to write a short for you, please contact Rie here.