Chris Roache graduated from AFTRS in 1986, majoring in Screenwriting. Since then he has worked for many of Australia’s major television drama series as a writer, script editor and story editor. Most recently, Chris has written for the first and second series of Jonathan M. Shiff’s Mako: Island of Secrets for Network Ten, Neighbours for Fremantle Media and Eleven, and Sam Fox: Extreme Adventures for Network Ten. He has extensive experience in project development and worked as Development Executive for Burberry Productions from 2011-12.
Through his production company Encroache Productions, in association with Gannon Television and Carlton International (UK), Chris created, wrote and acted as supervising producer on the critically-acclaimed 2001 youth drama series, Head Start. His other television credits include: producing Silver Sun for the ABC; script producing Lost Treasure of Fiji and the second and third series of H20 for Jonathan M Shiff Productions. He also script edited the third series of Saddle Club and was script producer on Elephant Princess 2 for Jonathan M Shiff Productions, and on the Network Ten series Lightning Point.
In 1989, he wrote and directed the horror feature The 13th Floor for producer David Hannay, and in 1993 he was approached by producer Ben Gannon to develop the scripts for the phenomenal international success Heartbreak High. He remained with the series for five years as a writer and producer. Chris has also written scripts for Police Rescue, MDA, All Saints, and also for children’s series Elly and Jools, The Ferals, Escape from Treasure Island and Outriders. Chris was story editor on Energee Entertainment’s animated children’s series of Paul Jennings and Morris Gleitzman’s Wicked! Chris also received an AWGIE Award in 1989 for Best Episode of a Series for his work on Rafferty’s Rules.