American-born screenwriter Phil Parker bounced from Washington, D.C. to Taiwan before landing in Australia where he completed high school in Sydney. Still thirsty for more adventure, he kept moving and ended up in Tokyo studying Japanese, followed by a once-in-a-lifetime train trip through the USSR and Europe.
After he received his BA from UT Austin’s Liberal Arts honors program (Plan II), he sucked the marrow out of life a bit more – working as a scuba Divemaster in the South Pacific; as an opera actor at the Sydney Opera House; and as a broker’s assistant on the hectic trading floor of the Chicago Board of Exchange. Until one day, he discovered filmmaking at NYU and his love affair with screenwriting began.
He went on to earn his MA at the prestigious USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, and crewed every conceivable position on films, before settling down at the BBC where he wrote, directed and produced promos and original short content. Along the way, his scriptwriting earned him multiple awards, including a win at the NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL SCREENWRITING COMPETITION for his spec script THE THIRD BOMB; and a GLOBAL EXCELLENCE PROMAX BDA AWARD in New York for his promo FRONTLINE WAR.
Today, Phil is a professional screenwriter who has worked for producers and directors around the world.
PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT (as of 2019):
FLY GIRLS (feature/ live action): Producer Elliott Yancey hired Phil to write a script inspired by the true story of a certain group of pilots during WWII. Packaging has begun.
BROKEN WINGS (feature/ live action): Phil was hired to write the screenplay for an inspirational true story based on the life of two Indian athletes struggling to achieve Olympic glory for their country. Rob Kaplan attached to direct.
CATSAWAY (feature/ animation): The award-winning team at Tent Pictures have started production on CATSAWAY, the feature-length animation project they hired Phil to develop. Due for release in 2019. View CATSAWAY teaser.
KINDRED (feature/ live action): Red Centre Films hired Phil to rewrite the exciting Indigenous superhero script, KINDRED – Australia’s own Black Panther. The script is being championed by a major VFX house in Sydney and won First Place at the 2018 Native American Tribal Film Festival.
UNTITLED TV PILOT (TV/ animation): Tent Pictures commissioned Phil to write a pilot episode for an animated TV series based on a popular comic strip. The script was well received by the IP holder and is currently being considered for production.
THE THIRD BOMB (feature/ live action): BAFTA-winning producer Sias Wilson (FLYING MONSTERS, HANNIBAL, THE GOLDEN BOWL) is actively packaging Phil’s multi-award winning spec script for financing.