About Kathryn

I’ve been a working writer for over 20 years so I really get the challenges of creative work…

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My recently produced credits include – “Fresh Eggs” (TVNZ), “The Sounds” (South Pacific Pictures/Shaftesbury co-production Acorn TV), co-written tele-feature “The Tender Trap” (TVNZ) and award-winning short film “Prickly Jam.”  I’m currently on the writing team for the Aussie rom-com series “Under The Vines” (Essential Media) and an HBO sci-fi series.  I also have my latest play and two feature films in development. 


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Kathryn is an award-winning screenwriter who has worked in the NZ television/film industry for over 20 years.   She has significant television and film credits (see credits below) and has developed numerous television series for NZ’s major production companies.

She recently co-wrote tele-feature “The Tender Trap” and has a sci-fi comedy series in development with Warner Brothers. 

In 2018 she was a Seed Grant (Advanced) recipient and a co-writer on two television series “The Cul de Sac” and “Fresh Eggs.”   Kathryn has worked as a Script Assessor for NZOA and helped numerous writers and producers move their projects forward.  She regularly runs sell-out workshops at the Auckland Writers Festival and last October was a speaker at the Fourth World Conference of Screenwriters in Berlin. She is also a serving member on the New Zealand Writers Guild board.

Kathryn produced her first play ‘Mike & Virginia” (co-written with Nick Ward) in 2011 as part of the Comedy Festival and it was subsequently produced in Wellington at Circa Theatre (2013).


2020 Show Me Shorts Festival – Best Screenplay – Prickly Jam

2017 Adams Best New Play Award – Shortlisted

SWANZ – Best Play – Mike & Virginia (with Nick Ward) (2012)

KFM Inaugural Short Story Competition (2004) – Winner

AFTA for Best Drama Script (with Paula Boock) for “The Strip.” (2003)

Qantas Media Award  – Best Human Relations Column (1998)

Film Credits:

Prickly Jam (short film) – Co-writer,  Shelved (Winner – Best Animated Short Film – NY International Film Festival) – Writer,  GURL (short) – Script Consultant, Daniel (short) – Script Consultant, She Shears (feature documentary) – Story Consultant,  Breaker-Upperers (feature) – Script Consultant, The Devil’s Rock (Feature) – Story Editor, Dean Spanley (Feature) – Script Consultant, Love Birds (Feature) – Story Editor, The Ferryman (Feature) – Script Editor, Cradle – Script Consultant, Poppy (Animated Short) – Story Editor.

Theatre Credits:

Mike & Virginia – Producer/Playwright,(Stamp 2011, Circa 2013) Bowled Over (ATC 2013) – Playwright, Girls Gotta Eat – Writer.

Television Credits:

The Tender Trap (tele-feature), Fresh Eggs (black comedy), The Sounds (6- part thriller), The Cul de Sac (multi-award-winning children’s drama series 2 & 3) – Writer, Story-liner, The Cult – (primetime drama) – Co-Creator, Amazing Extraordinary Friends – (children’s comedy series) – Writer, The Strip – (primetime drama) – Writer, Holly’s Heroes – (children’s drama) – Writer, The Lost Children – (children’s drama) – Writer, Street Legal – (primetime drama) – Writer.

Books: “Has Johnny Come Lately?” (HarperCollins)

Magazines: North & South, Grace Magazine, More Magazine, She Magazine, Canadian Screenwriter.


WCOS Berlin 2018