Shaun Grant: Heywood (AUS) to Hollywood (USA)

Shaun Grant has gone from Heywood, to Elwood and is now making waves in Hollywood…


I had the pleasure of talking to Shaun Grant, multi-award winning writer of ‘The Snowtown Murders‘. Whilst I could have spoken to Shaun for hours, we had a fairly short sweet chat about his journey thus far, unlocking the main ingredient to his success: Conquering self doubt. Growing up in regional Australia, Shaun began a career as a teacher before a fateful evening (a power outage) that saw him have to entertain himself in a different way: He picked up a book instead of watching television and there Shaun discovered ‘The Snowtown Murders’. Between 2007 – 2010, Shaun read the book, wrote a screenplay, got ‘green-lit’ and began filming all within those 3 years. Extremely quick for an uncredited writer at the time and for all those striving to kick off a successful career as a screenwriter, you understand just how impressive this time frame is. Shaun went on to receive an ‘AACTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay’ in 2012, also winning the ‘Audience Award for Best Feature Film’, and the ‘AWGIE for Best Adapted Screenplay’. But what’s just as exciting is the fact that Shaun’s success quickly found him with top tier agency representation in Hollywood, where he’s worked on projects with impressive groups, such as See-Saw Films, Aquarius Films, Porchlight Films, Matchbox Pictures and NBCUniversal to name a few. I asked Shaun if he believes ‘everything happens for a reason’ and you’ll have to listen to the podcast above to find out. For the amount of success Shaun has achieved to date, he’s incredibly humble, open and relaxed, not to mention easy to talk to, down to earth and utterly handsome. This young man has an incredibly bright future ahead and is undoubtedly ‘one to watch’…


Snowtown Trailer

View the interview in ‘The People Series’ on iTunes

Photo credits: Alina Gozin

Interview hosted by and blog post written by Georgii Speakman

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