"As writers it is imperative for us to take time out of the demands of every day life and fully immerse ourselves into the storyworlds we are creating. This unique opportunity nestled in the natural environment of Gunyah will rejuvenate and inspire us, allowing each of us to work in a peaceful, supportive and collaborative environment, while working to bring to life the first drafts of new screen works and capitalising on our combined skills to catapult these projects forward."
Shideh Faramand, Directing on the set of 'Amalia Lucia Gomez is Gluten Intolerant', 2013
Megan Riakos is a screenwriter and director with a passion for telling stories that engage and provoke. She recently completed her debut feature Crushed, a mystery thriller set in the wine region of Mudgee. The Australian newspaper calling Crushed “a tense, bloody mystery thriller”; Dread Central noting its “beautiful cinematography and exceptional performances” and The Hollywood Reporter labelling Crushed “A solid debut”. Crushed completed a successful limited theatrical release and screens on Channel 10 in 2018. Megan has also completed over a dozen short films including the psychological thriller The Shed; a 1930’s crime drama 50-50; and experimental dance film The Eye of the Beholder. Megan earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Media Arts & Production) at University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and has completed both a Graduate Certificate in Screen Drama and a Graduate Diploma in Directing at the prestigious Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). In 2013, she also completed the Professional Screenwriters Program at UCLA. Megan is an active member of Film Fatales – a global female feature film directors’ collective and is the president of the advocacy group Women in Film and Television (WIFT NSW). meganriakos.com
|Megan Riakos, Crushed, 2015, film poster|
Heide Lee Douglas, Defendant 5, 2014, film poster
Heidi Lee Douglas, Little Lamb, 2014, film poster