Bio

Lou Sanz is a multi-award winning writer for film, television, stage and print and a former multi-award winning comedy performer. She was most recently nominated in 2016 for two AWGIE awards for her unique Documentary work on Mental Health in Australia.

In February of 2017, Lou embarked on a 2-month Writers Placement, thanks to Film Victoria on the TV show ‘Offspring’.

Her work has been screened at Clermont-Ferrand, Tropfest, St Kilda Film Festival and seen on SBS (Life Support), Channel 7 and ABC. Lou is currently developing a feature film with Aquarius Films/Screen Australia/Fim Victoria and television projects with Eva Di Blasio at RKPix through the Gender Matters program and is a member of the Australian Writer’s Guild (AWG) Pathways Programme after her screenplay ‘Ronnie and the Girls’ was shortlisted for the Insite Best Unproduced Screenplay Contest 2015.

She gained her MA (Screenwriting) at just 21 from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) after winning the inaugural Sony Columbia Tristar Scholarship for Television Writers. She was also the recipient of the Gilbert & Tobin Award for Outstanding Body of Work and the NSW Film & Television Office Scriptwriting Award.

As a performer, she became one of the countries pre-imminent storytellers; receiving the Most Promising Debut Award for her show Dear Lou, as well as critical acclaim for Please Don’t Use My Flannel for That (Melbourne Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival and USA tour). In 2012, her 5 star Sydney Comedy Festival show Neverending Storage won the Critics Choice Awards (Time Out Magazine) and subsequently toured North America. That same year Lou was also listed by The Sydney Morning Herald as one of the top 10 comedians to watch. She has since retired from performing to focus on screenwriting.

Lou is an active supporter of female-driven work – having co-founded the Skirt Network promoting, producing and supporting women in Australian comedy and produced the award-winning work of Francesca Martinez and Celia Pacquola amongst others. She has developed work with directors like Alethea Jones and Julietta Boscolo and lives in Melbourne with her partner, a rescue staffy and a new baby.

Writing samples available:

Ronnie and the Girls (feature film)

Ivy Coal (feature film)

Last Gasp (TV pilot)

 

Please get in touch at – louisewsanz@gmail.com

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