Jeff McMahon, graduate of Adelaide University with a Bachelor Degree in Economics and Russian History, is a screenwriter and novelist with a number of comedy/rom-com screenplays currently on the market, all set in the US: ‘Once Bitten’; ‘New Deli’ (a romantic-comedy set in Brooklyn), 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 Chicago Screenplay Comp.
Two more recent (darker) comedies, ‘Positive Aging in Happy Valley’ (…it’s a funny thing, dementia), awarded semi-finalist in the 2019-20 Miami Screenplay Competition, and ‘The Legend of Willie Telberg & Son’, (William Tell meets ‘Blazing Saddles’), semifinalist in the Chicago Screenplay Awards are currently being pitched to the market.
With two completed novels (‘Legacies’, and ‘Sojourn’), he also has a work-in-progress thriller titled ‘Duplicity’, a drama set in the S-E of Australia (dealing with the conflict between agriculture and mining interests), and four
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.