Michael Petroni to speak at 2016 National Screenwriters’ Conference

20 January, 2016 by Staff Writer

Michael Petroni with Adrien Brody on the set of Backtrack.


Australian writer Michael Petroni has been confirmed as a speaker at this year's National Screenwriters' Conference in March.

Petroni, whose writing credits include The Book Thief, The Rite and The Chronicles of Narnia, has joined this year's lineup of speakers strong lineup of speakers at the conference which is being held from March 9-11 at the Silverwater Resort in Phillip Island, Victoria.

He is also the writer of the upcoming Adrien Brody starrer Backtrack, as well as Dawn Trader.

With Masterclasses, Discussions and In Conversations, the National Screenwriters Conference has gathered leading international industry authorities including the previously announced Shane Brennan (show runner NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles), Alexa Junge (Sex and The City, Friends, The West Wing), Douglas Petrie (American Horror Story, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Daredevil) and Jan Sardi (The Notebook, Shine).

Petroni started his career in the early 90s as a comedy writer and performer on Australian television (The Big Gig, DAAS Kapital).

Petroni wrote his first feature film script (Till Human Voice Wake US) in 1996, which he subsequently directed.

It starred Guy Pearce and Helena Bonham Carter.

Petroni has also co-written The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002), Queen of the Damned (2002) and Possession (2009), an English language adaptation of the Korean film Addicted

He co-created the 2003 TV series Miracles with Richard Hatem, with the series based on his unfilmed movie script A Course in Miracles.

The conference will include 23 Conference Sessions providing high level analysis of industry trends, In Conversation With international and industry elite, one-to-one Micro-Mentorships with leading screenwriters, Specialist Masterclasses and unrivalled access to internationally renowned writers and key industry professionals.