Western Australian producer Maya Kavanagh will head to London this month to undertake a professional development placement at Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Films thanks to the support of Screenwest, the Western Australian funding and development agency.
The 26-year old is being supported by Screenwest’s Professional Development Fund aimed at providing assistance for exceptional national or international opportunities made available to key creatives.
Scott Free London was set up by award-winning filmmaker Ridley Scott in early 2010 to develop and produce UK-originated theatrical features and high-end television drama. The company has a number of feature and television projects in development, and operates in close conjunction with the London office of RSA Films, one of the world’s largest and most successful commercial production houses, as well as its sister company Scott Free Productions in Los Angeles, California.
‘It’s great that Maya is getting such an amazing experience at Scott Free Films. She’s capable, talented and determined to gain experience in producing at all levels and working at an international company such as Scott Free will provide her with a solid understanding and experience in features and television projects from concept through to completion” said Rikki Lea Bestall, Director Development.
Maya will be working alongside Scott Free’s Head of Film, Jack Arbuthnott, who’s overseen the production of the company’s slate since 2010.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to learn from one of the best film companies in the world and focus on expanding my development skills. I’m determined to produce my first feature film within the next 1-2 years and this experience will be crucial in helping me achieve that goal” Maya said.
Maya has produced several short films and spent the last year working alongside Tania Chambers at Feisty Dame Productions as an Associate Producer. Her two most recent short film, Library of Love directed by Miranda Edmonds and Khrob Edmonds, and Rum & Raisin directed by Tenika Smith, are due to hit the festival circuit later this year.