features

Two brothers go to extreme and deadly lengths to protect their inheritance from being signed away before it's too late.

"This could (and should) be the sleeper hit of [SXSW]."
— David Fear, RollingStone

“Razor-sharp, darkly funny and tense.”
— RogerEbert.com

/credits Additional Material, Script Editor, Associate Producer

/released 2018
/genre
black comedy
/director Clayton Jacobson
/producers Jason Byrne, Clayton Jacobson
/companies Bison Films, Jason Byrne Productions, Label Ent.

 

When 26-year-old Jamie's band breaks up, he's left with no money, no career, and no girlfriend. Now he teaches piano at a soul-destroying music school. Will he take a risk and follow his dreams? Or will he surrender to his new-found unhappiness and play it safe?

"This new film will resonate with every struggling musician you know."
— TheMusic.com.au

“First time director Chris Pahlow is a talent to watch...”
— Sharon Hurst, Cinephilia.net.au

/credits Co-Writer, Director, Producer

/released 2015
/genre
dramedy
/company 1959 Productions


in development

The Trouble With Unicorns 

Could it actually be possible to have your cake and eat it too? A couple in their early-30s begin their first non-monogamous adventure… Only to find that open relationships aren’t always as liberating as you’d think.

/credits Creator, Producer, Writer, Director

/scheduled release TBC
/format streaming series
/genre
dramedy
/directors Grant Scicluna, Michelle Savill, Greta Nash, Chris Pahlow
/producers Richard Kelly, Daphne Do, Chris Pahlow
/companies 2Jons, 1959 Productions

/script sample april 2018 — first draft, first polish
download pilot script

 

The Girls

One impulsive act leaves 11-year-old Elsie’s stepfather Frank seriously injured and trapped under the wreckage of his car. After years of being kept in isolation by her domineering and narcissistic mother, Elsie decides to keep the accident a secret in order to learn all she can about the outside world and the men who routinely abandon her.

/credits Screenplay by (with Lis Collins and Clayton Jacobson)

/scheduled release 2019
/format feature film
/genre
drama
/director Clayton Jacobson
/producers Jason Byrne, Clayton Jacobson, Kristian Moliere
/companies Jason Byrne Productions

/script sample march 2018 — sixth draft, first polish
email me to request script

 
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Parental Guidance

He’s not a great dad, but he’s a bloody good hitman.

/credits Co-Writer (with Darcy Prendergast)

/scheduled release TBC
/format feature film
/genre
comedy-thriller
/director Darcy Prendergast
/company Oh Yeah Wow

/script sample
not yet available

 

Fear of the Unknown

A failed magician finds friendship and validation in a club for illusionists. But as this insular group becomes an echo chamber of frustration, it’s hard to know what’s more terrifying — the potential existence of supernatural forces, or the growing callousness and entitlement of the people trying to summon them.

/credits Writer/Director

/scheduled release TBC
/format feature film
/genre
horror
/company 1959 Productions

/script sample
not yet available

 

Wildflower (야생화) 

When a shy Korean teenager is shipped off to a hostile Australian town without explanation, he seeks escape via a job as a farm labourer. But as things turn nasty between his new workmates and the grieving widow who owns the farm, he's faced with the hardest decision of his life.

/credits Co-Writer (with Sam Bliss)

/scheduled release TBC
/format feature film
/genre
drama
/producers Tristan Barr & David Gim
/company Continuance Pictures

/script sample
not yet available

 

Distant Runners

19-year-old Chris has 6 hours to help his manipulative cousin Mickey find $1,200 for a deranged ex-cop or Mickey’s toast. They embark on an increasingly bizarre & dangerous journey involving stolen cars, stoner chicks, and Chinese food. Will they find the money and save Mickey’s skin? And, more importantly, will their friendship survive the night?

/credits Screenplay by (with Clayton Jacobson; story by David Michôd)

/scheduled release TBC
/format feature film
/genre
dramedy/crime
/director Clayton Jacobson
/company Bison Films

/script sample
not yet available