Biography

Jeff began his writing career scripting pre-school children’s TV before moving into advertising & marketing and co-publishing a community news-magazine. He is a qualified high school teacher, with three completed novels – 'Legacies', 'Sojourn', and ‘Duplicity’, and a work-in-progress in the style of Stephen King's 'The Body' (aka 'Stand By Me').

 

He is also a screenwriter with five screenplays currently on the market; all set set in the US, one of which, 'New Deli' (a romantic-comedy set in Brooklyn), was awarded second place in the 2017 New York Metropolitan Screenplay Competition, and semi-finalist in a number of others including the 2017 The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival and 2019/20 Chicago Screenplay Comp. The Rom-coms ‘Once Bitten’, 'Positive Aging in Happy Valley', and the black diversity Comedy-Western, 'The Legend of Willie Telberg and Son', have all been awarded semi-finalist in various major screenplay competitions.
 

As a writer benefiting from several years experience performing in live theatre, and in film, television and TVCs, and many years as a teacher of Media Studies, Jeff has developed an appreciation of the intricacies involved in writing character development.

 

Jeff has represented the interests of writers in several capacities; as a member of the former South Australian Film Industry Assessment Committee (SAFIAC, SA Dept of the Arts, subsumed by the SA Film Corp), and as a committee member of the Australian Writers’ Guild (SA), during which time he was responsible for coordinating script entries for various categories of its annual writing awards – eg Monte Miller Award, Radio Comedy Award.