features

 

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

"Pitch black humor... 8 out of 10"
— Jacob Hall, Slash Film

Brothers' Nest  2018

feature-length black comedy 97 minutes
released SXSW, SFF, and General Cinema Release
credits Additional Material, Associate Producer, Script Ed.
production companies Bison Films, Jason Byrne Productions
funded by Film Vic, Screen Aus, & Private Investment

Brothers' Nest is a tragic comedy that follows two brothers (played by Shane and Clayton Jacobson) who go to extreme and deadly lengths to protect their inheritance from being signed away before it's too late.

I was thrilled to work closely with writer Jaime Browne from the film's very first draft back in 2015, and continued collaborating with director Clayton Jacobson as he moved into production. The entire team worked hard to create a film that challenged both genre preconceptions and traditional film structure, and we're thrilled to have created something that was so well received at SXSW, and locally at SFF and the GCFF.

 

"Deftly judged and hugely likeable... Pahlow marks himself out as an exciting new talent who's not afraid to follow a curve ball"
— Stephen A Russell, The Lowdown Under

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

Play It Safe  2015

feature-length dramedy 85 minutes
released Limited Cinema Release
credits Writer, Director, Producer
production companies Kick Kick Punch, 1959 Productions
funded by Private Investment

Play It Safe follows Jamie, a 26-year-old musician who's out of work and down on his luck. When 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?

Following in the footsteps of filmmakers like Andrew Bujalski, Lena Dunham, Noah Baumbach, and the Duplass Brothers, Play It Safe  explores a generation caught between endless opportunity and the pressures of conformity. The film features unobtrusive black and white camerawork, naturalistic dialog, and unaffected performances, for a refreshing look at twenty-something life filled with authentic emotion, humour, and pathos. 


currently in development

 
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The Girls  2019

feature-length drama 119 pages
credits Co-Writer (with Lis Collins and Clayton Jacobson)
production companies Bison Films, Jason Byrne Productions
funded by Film Victoria

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

The Girls explores 11-year-old Elsie's traumatic entry into adulthood, as one impulsive act leaves her 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.

After collaborating with director Clayton Jacobson on the script for Brothers' Nest (SXSW 2018), I was brought on to work on the fifth and sixth drafts of The Girls. The film is currently scheduled to shoot in the second half of 2018 for a 2019 release.

 
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The Trouble With Unicorns  2019

web dramedy pilot 16 pages
credits Creator, Writer, Producer
production company 1959 Productions

script sample april 2018 — first draft, first polish
email me to request script

TTWU follows a couple in their early-30s who battle to keep their marriage on track while experimenting with an open relationship. Could it actually be possible to have your cake and eat it too? 

I collaborated with writers Grant Scicluna, Holly Alexander, Andy Balloch, and Matt Kelly to completely reimagine my TV spec Monogamish — moving from an expansive approach, which featured an ensemble cast and a wide spectrum of relationship styles, to a much more intimate examination of two people's evolving sexual identities and emotional needs as they dip their toes into the world of non-monogamy. The pilot episode is scheduled for production in late 2018. 

 

 

Distant Runners  TBC

feature-length dramedy 120 pages
credits Co-Writer (with Clayton Jacobson; story by David Michôd)
production company Bison Films

script sample not currently available

1992. 19-year-old Chris is only a few days off escaping the monotony of his everyday life to lounge poolside in tropical Bali. But his manipulative cousin Mickey has other ideas. Apparently, they have 6 hours to 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?


spec scripts

 

Overthinking

half-hour comedy pilot 38 pages
january 2018 — second draft
download script

Logic is neat. Life is messy... An absurd half-hour comedy spec written in collaboration with comedian Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall. Overthinking follows an an up-and-coming logician who moves halfway around the world to work with his hero at a prestigious university, only to find that the philosophy department's been shuttered, his dream job no longer exists, and his idol is quite possibly insane. 

Monogamish

half-hour dramedy pilot 38 pages
june 2017 — sixth draft
download script

Monogamish follows a couple in their early-30s battling to keep their marriage on track while experimenting with an open relationship. It originated as a spec one-hour drama script, and was then re-developed into a half-hour dramedy with the attached producer/development-exec. I ultimately decided to reboot the project as The Trouble With Unicorns, and this is my last draft in the half-hour format.