Belinda Chayko is an award-winning writer and director of film and television.
Belinda was the co-creator and showrunner on the series Fires, which won the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award (AACTA) for Best Miniseries or Telefeature and a TV Week Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Miniseries or Telemovie. Belinda was also the co-creator and showrunner on Safe Harbour, winner of the 2019 International Emmy for best Television Series and the AACTA Award for Best Screenplay in Television. Additionally, Safe Harbour won the Silver Bird Prize at the Seoul International Drama Awards and was nominated for eight AACTAs, winning two including Best Screenplay. Safe Harbour was also nominated for five LOGIEs, winning one.
Her recent writing credits for television include the mini-series Stateless (ABC), starring Cate Blanchett and Dominic West, which earned her an Australian Writers Guild Award (AWGIE) nomination for Best Series; a C21 Media Award Nomination for Best International Miniseries and a Screen Producers Award for Best TV Movie or Miniseries. Belinda wrote on two seasons of the political drama Secret City (Foxtel), starring Jacki Weaver and Anna Torv; Fighting Season (Foxtel) which earned Belinda an AWGIE nomination. Belinda wrote the miniseries Barracuda, which won her an AWGIE Award in 2017. Belinda’s other television credits include Old School (ABC) for Matchbox Pictures, and Newton’s Law and the hugely popular Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (ABC) for Every Cloud Productions.
Belinda’s feature film Lou, which she wrote and directed, starred John Hurt and screened in competition at a number of international film festivals, including Busan, Rome and Palm Springs. Lou won the Audience Award for Best Feature at the Festival International de Films de Femmes de Créteil, and the Grand Jury Prize at the St Tropez Film Festival. Her directorial debut feature, City Loop, premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2000.
Belinda has also made a number of award-winning short films and wrote the AWGIE Award-winning telemovie, Saved (SBS).
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