The Script Department | Screenwriting Network

CINEMA FOR YOUR EARS. Welcome to The Script Department, a place to showcase great original short and feature-length screenplays from our global network of screenwriters. Featuring guest readers including Allen Leech (Downton Abbey), Dylan Kussman (Jack Reacher) and Pip Torrens (The Crown). New episodes every fortnight.

Swipe Right | Romantic Drama

On her train to work, Nancy has her happy ever after accidentally derailed by her time-travelling future self. The twenty-something cardiologist must learn to listen to her own heart and avoid being railroaded by her mother into dating the wrong guy to stay on track to findher true love.Written by Lorna RileyRead by Simon BubbFor more great stories, visit www.thescriptdepartment.net or follow us on Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn. Just search for The Script Department.

04-18
24:01

In Conversation with Belinda Lees

Screenwriter Belinda Lees talks about The Clearing and the challenges of writing a drama based on current social issues.Visit www.thescriptdepartment.net for more great stories and content.

04-04
48:59

Part 4 | The Clearing | Australian Redemption Story

The final part. The Clearing tells the story of an Australian Constable who is blamed for ruining the life of a young activist and tries to redeem himself by helping her fight to save a sacred Birthing Tree from destruction. Her presence, however, ignites buried war memories and unsettled family conflicts, which threaten his stability.​Written and Read by Belinda LeesFor more great stories, visit www.thescriptdepartment.net

03-28
38:03

Part 3 | The Clearing | Australian Redemption Story

Part 3. The Clearing tells the story of an Australian Constable who is blamed for ruining the life of a young activist and tries to redeem himself by helping her fight to save a sacred Birthing Tree from destruction. Her presence, however, ignites buried war memories and unsettled family conflicts, which threaten his stability.​Written and Read by Belinda LeesFor more great stories, visit www.thescriptdepartment.net

03-21
33:03

Part 2 | The Clearing | Australian Redemption Story

Part 2. The Clearing tells the story of an Australian Constable who is blamed for ruining the life of a young activist and tries to redeem himself by helping her fight to save a sacred Birthing Tree from destruction. Her presence, however, ignites buried war memories and unsettled family conflicts, which threaten his stability.​Written and Read by Belinda LeesFor more great stories, visit www.thescriptdepartment.net

03-14
36:28

Part 1 | The Clearing | Australian Redemption Story

Part 1. The Clearing tells the story of an Australian Constable who is blamed for ruining the life of a young activist and tries to redeem himself by helping her fight to save a sacred Birthing Tree from destruction. Her presence, however, ignites buried war memories and unsettled family conflicts, which threaten his stability.​Written and Read by Belinda LeesFor more great stories, visit www.thescriptdepartment.net

03-07
40:01

Trailer | The Clearing | Australian Redemption Drama

A 4-part drama about an Australian Constable who is blamed for ruining the life of a young activist and tries to redeem himself by helping her fight to save a sacred Birthing Tree from destruction. Her presence, however, ignites buried war memories and unsettled family conflicts, which threaten his stability.Written and read by Belinda LeesComing March 7th on all podcasting platforms.For more great stories and for the latest updates, visit our website at www.thescriptdepartment.net or find us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Just search for The Script Department.

02-14
03:53

Soft Touch | Black Comedy Drama

A mild-mannered soft-play centre owner is forced into a life of crime after a chance meeting with a local gangster. With his failing business being used as a front for a range of illegal activities, he struggles to maintain the rosy veneer of this family attraction, while searching for a way out of his predicament.Written and Read by Brad BrookesFor more great stories, visit www.thescriptdepartment.net or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

02-07
17:50

A Ball in the Brain | Period War

In Khartoum, General Gordon, a devout Christian and the ablest commander of his day, is besieged by the army of the Mahdi. Guided by his faith, Gordon courageously faces his end in a war drama that links the past and the present, the political and the spiritual.Written by Stuart UrbanRead by Pip TorrensFor more great stories, visit www.thescriptdepartment.net

01-22
02:48:20

Trailer | A Ball in the Brain: General Gordon's Last Stand

Coming January 22nd.In Khartoum, General Gordon, a devout Christian and the ablest commander of his day, is besieged by the army of the Mahdi. Guided by his faith, Gordon courageously faces his end in a war drama that links the past and the present, the political and the spiritual.Written by Stuart Urban (The Secret)Read by Pip Torrens (The Crown, Preacher, Poldark)For more, visit our website at www.thescriptdepartment.net or follow us on Facebook or Instagram.

01-11
02:20

The Armadillo Takeover | Prison Comedy

When a middle-class woman is imprisoned for fraud, she struggles to establish a presence in her cell to avoid becoming the beta dog. She becomes increasingly worried that her nervous habit of oversharing will make her seem like a pushover to her seasoned cellmate; instead, her chatter betrays her psychopathic tendencies and malevolent past.Written and Read by Belinda LeesVisit www.thescriptdepartment for more great stories.

01-10
35:41

Two Pounds | Personal Drama

It is a normal quiet night at the Red Lion for bartender Amy, until a mysterious stranger emerges from the darkness with impossible knowledge. As the night wears on, Amy must choose whether to trust a man she has never met, or risk everything for the chance of something better.Performed by Ruth Hayes, Marcus Armstrong & Belinda LeesWritten by Marcus ArmstrongSupport The Script Department by visiting our website at www.thescriptdepartment.net.

01-01
23:05

I is for Ida | Personal Drama

Whilst house sitting for their parents, Hadley and Ida’s home is intruded by burglars causing them to take refuge in the attic. The twins wake up and realise they are locked in. They will have to put aside their differences and find a way out or, wait two weeks for the return of their parents.Written by Laura OwenRead by Ruth HayesVisit www.thescriptdepartment.net for more stories.Follow us on Instagram @thescriptdepartment and Facebook for updates and news.New episodes every fortnight.

12-20
25:05

FAO Fiona | Workplace Romance

Fred and Fiona are tasked with operating the last fax machines and find themselves locked in hand-drawn conversation; but as the company tries to move into the future, a shadowy figure threatens to end their conversation for good.Written by Marcus ArmstrongRead by Ruth HayesFor more great stories, visit www.thescriptdepartment.net

12-06
30:51

Doctor Daffort & The Planet of the Ballythwackers | For Kids

Two short children's stories. A moustache-driven rivalry and an extra-terrestrial conspiracy involving knitting and the Australian Prime-Minister.Written and Read by Belinda LeesFor more episodes, visit www.thescriptdepartment.net

07-19
20:31

I'm Alright | Pandemic Story

A story about Jack, a young man struggling to adapt to life under lockdown rules.Written by Ben JonesRead by Ruth Hayes and Marcus ArmstrongFor more great stories, visit www.thescriptdepartment.net

06-21
18:06

Episode 6 | Italia Noir: Murder on the Amalfi Coast

Episode 6: "You'll have to pay to find out."A young woman washes ashore on the Amalfi coastline. An Italian socialite seeks closure for her dead sister. A private detective is coaxed out of retirement to get answers.A six-part investigative thriller.Written by John Finnegan & Michela CorteseRead by Dylan KussmanAdditional writing by Daniel C. TuckProduction support from Brett Nolan and Simon NichollsVisit www.thescriptdepartment.net for more great stories.

06-06
52:05

Episode 5 | Italia Noir: Murder on the Amalfi Coast

Episode 5: "You're not here to ask me about Jack, are you."A young woman washes ashore on the Amalfi coastline. An Italian socialite seeks closure for her dead sister. A private detective is coaxed out of retirement to get answers.A six-part investigative thriller.Written by John Finnegan & Michela CorteseRead by Dylan KussmanAdditional writing by Daniel C. TuckProduction support from Brett Nolan and Simon NichollsVisit www.thescriptdepartment.net for more great stories.

05-30
49:49

Episode 4 | Italia Noir: Murder on the Amalfi Coast

Episode 4: "Not tonight. Not ever."A young woman washes ashore on the Amalfi coastline. An Italian socialite seeks closure for her dead sister. A private detective is coaxed out of retirement to get answers.A six-part investigative thriller.Written by John Finnegan & Michela CorteseRead by Dylan KussmanAdditional writing by Daniel C. TuckProduction support from Brett Nolan and Simon NichollsVisit www.thescriptdepartment.net for more great stories.

05-23
52:13

Episode 3 | Italia Noir: Murder on the Amalfi Coast

Episode 3: "So much for trying to forget."A young woman washes ashore on the Amalfi coastline. An Italian socialite seeks closure for her dead sister. A private detective is coaxed out of retirement to get answers.A six-part investigative thriller.Written by John Finnegan & Michela CorteseRead by Dylan KussmanAdditional writing by Daniel C. TuckProduction support from Brett Nolan and Simon NichollsVisit www.thescriptdepartment.net for more great stories.

05-16
50:10

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