MYSTICAL NOIR & THE GLOBAL ZEITGEIST

Conference Hall 2, Level 2

Supernatural genres and the international market; writing and producing grounded drama with elevated concepts.

Ghosts, ghouls, altered realities, and unearthly forces — high concept genre has long come out of the ghetto and placed itself front and centre of the international drama landscape. But what are the real challenges of writing, producing, and selling supernatural stories? When the concepts are so high how do you ground the drama? How does genre spread its appeal beyond ‘fans’? And how can creative producers bring authenticity and a passion for genre and mythology to complex contemporary drama storytelling?

Through case studies of recent work from some of Australians most outstanding writers and showrunners this panel will explore the mix of creative passion and market pragmatism that underpins supernatural genre drama in the international market.

MODERATOR & PRODUCER
Mike Jones, Writer, Script Producer and Story Editor

Plenary