-Who is Maxine Gatt?
I’m a screenwriter, actor and filmmaker from Melbourne, Australia. I have worked as a Producer’s Assistant on a TV series and am currently in production for my own short film that I wrote – Broken Chrysalis, a revenge thriller.
-What inspired you to become a screenwriter?
I always wanted to be involved in filmmaking for as long as I can remember. I was taken by the magic of it, the way it moves you, the visual spectacle and the connection to characters. I love creating story concepts, developing arcs and get a real buzz when everything in the story links up. Since working on a TV series I’ve enjoyed the collaborative process of filmmaking and seeing how all the pieces come together. I hope to write, act, produce and direct as much as possible going forward.
-Do you think the cinema can bring a change in society?
I do, I think cinema reflects society’s beauty and flaws that brings an awareness and understanding that can create change. As well as always pushing boundaries in technology and storytelling that can show us what is possible, for good or for bad.
-What would you change in the world?
I feel very strongly about human rights and equality. I would like to live in a world where people are living free of fear, oppression and poverty. I would also like to see us protecting the environment and reducing our pollution.
-Where do you see the film industry going in the next 100 years?
There will probably be new devices to view films and new ways to experience cinema. I think the pandemic showed us how much we need film and music in our lives. It helped us through the lockdowns, comforted us and made us feel connected. So I’m sure it’ll still be going strong.