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Rebecca Greensill: For the love of movies and writing

Page last published: 21 May 2014

Rebecca Greensill on-set at Home and Away

When she was six, Rebecca Greensill saw a double header of The Never Ending Story and The Sesame Street Movie and was captivated by how these two films entertained as well as evoked such strong emotions in the audience. Growing up, she would watch movies like A Few Good Men over and over, finding herself studying the plot lines and dialogues. Her love for films inspired Rebecca to become an actor, writer and director.

Today, with several short films, plays and shows in her portfolio, and as a Script Editor for Seven's Home and Away, Creative Writing graduate Rebecca is living her dream.

She says, "Being able to watch something you've written being filmed is an incredible experience."

Getting her foot in the door

Rebecca has been with Seven Network for almost 3 years now, starting in various departments and worked her way to the script department.

"Once I got my foot in the door, I just did whatever it took to keep it there. I worked as assistant set dresser on All Saints, Underbelly: The Golden Mile, Cops: L.A.C, and in the locations department on Rescue Special Ops and Dance Academy."

For those aspiring to work in television, Rebecca shares, "Take any job available at first. Make an impression then take any job going. From there, as long as you keep doing a good job, you can manoeuvre into the position you really want."

"I kept working in art departments until I got to know more people. When working on Home and Away I approached the Script Producer and asked to be considered for their Submission program. After three submissions I was offered a script and a job as script coordinator, then as a storyliner and now script editor."

Acting and directing

Rebecca directing Jenny Biddle's music videoAside from her full-time job, Rebecca also enjoys working on special projects. She is a member of the Lane Cove Theatre Company, where she does acting and directing work. She directed a number of Lane Cove productions including Up for Grabs by David Williamson, Clue: The Musical, Robin Hood, Snow White, and Treasure Island, and was assistant director in The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler.

Rebecca has written and directed two short films: The Lift and What Now? The latter came from a short play that Rebecca wrote for the 2010 Sydney Short & Sweet Festival. It won the audience choice award. She also wrote and directed fellow Macquarie alumni Jenny Biddle's music video Hero in Me.

Getting inspiration

Rebecca gets inspiration from everywhere.

"I'll have a hundred small ideas every day, most are just fleeting moments of nothing. But if something has legs, that image will stay with me and I'll start developing the idea subconsciously until one day it'll be all I can think about."

"Every time you write something, you're learning. I think feedback is the most important thing. It's a scary process but it's the only way to discover if your writing is actually connecting with people."

Rebecca graduated with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) degree from Macquarie University where she also studied Master of Arts in Creating Writing. She believes her postgraduate studies helped her on learning how to give and receive feedback.

"The support and guidance I received at Macquarie was invaluable. Being given feedback from working writers and learning how to make the feedback process work for my writing was instrumental in what I've achieved so far. Whether you're a novelist, screenwriter, playwright or journalist, you always get feedback at some point, and your ability to integrate that feedback whilst retaining your own voice is crucial."

Rebecca's first ever Home and Away episode aired on television on 14 May 2014. 

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