Boyd QuakawootScreenwriter

Boyd Quakawoot is a South Sea Islander and a man of Indigenous descent from Mackay in North Queensland who identifies with the Yawibara people. Before becoming a fulltime screenwriter, Boyd worked for years as a social worker with at risk youth suffering from drug and alcohol dependency. Boyd was named as one of the writers who will ‘shift and lead our industry into the future’ on the IF Rising Talent List for 2024. Boyd has also been shortlisted twice for the David Unaipon Award at the Queensland Literary Awards, which recognises Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers who produce outstanding unpublished manuscripts. He was twice highly commended for the Black & Write Fellowship with the Queensland State Library and has poetry published in the Australian Poetry Journal.

Boyd’s first feature film, Windcatcher, will premiere on Stan in late March 2024 and stars Jessica Mauboy. Windcatcher follows the story of young Percy Boy and his friends, Daisy and Keithy, who, when a natural disaster occurs in their small town, must band together. The film marks Stan’s first co-commission with the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF) since their partnership in 2021 and is also backed by Screen Australia. Stan has labelled Windcatcher as ‘the feel-good film of the year.’

Boyd’s short film screenplay Dawg and The Stonefish was shortlisted for the 2020 Monte Miller Award. It follows the story of a fisherman who struggles with his own sanity on a secluded beach after stepping on a Stonefish. In 2019-2020, Boyd wrote on season four of the ABC sketch comedy show Black Comedy, which was nominated for Best Comedy Series at the AACTA awards, writing on each of the six episodes of the final season. His first one-hour series credit was on the murder mystery series Black Snow (2023) and he also wrote an episode of the second season of Troppo for the ABC.

Boyd has several features in development including a horror titled Uncle in which the true monster is addiction. He also has a comedy series in early development, Aunty Phil & Uncle Dorothea, which is based on his own eccentric extended family. Boyd also joins four other First Nations writers for the development of an animated children’s series Yellow Water Billabong, who were selected by Screenworks and Taramind Tree Pictures to develop the project.

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