STAGE | SCREEN
Lâle is a writer and actress currently living and working on Gadigal, Darug, and Gundungarra land. Her creative writing practice includes screen, stage, and prose. Lâle began her career as a stage actress at age 13 in a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Everglades Garden amphitheatre in Blue Mountains, NSW.
Lâle was the NSW recipient of the inaugural SBS Emerging Writers’ Incubator, 2021, placed with Goalpost Pictures for 12 months thanks also to Screen Australia, Screen NSW, and Australian Writers’ Guild. Lâle worked across the Goalpost development slate including 5 weeks on location in the script department on Stan’s mystery series Black Snow as Script Assistant and Copywriter. Her time at Goalpost was extended through Screen NSW with a producer’s attachment on Black Snow, 2022. Lâle is a contributing writer on one of Goalpost’s productions in development with NITV, 2023.
Lâle won the 2019 Australian Writers’ Guild Monte Miller Award for her pilot script The Black Tulip and was then inducted into the prestigious Australian Writers’ Guild Pathways featured writers. The pilot also won Best Short Script at Florence Film Awards, 2019. Lâle drafted all six online episodes of The Black Tulip mythological mystery series funded by Scripted Ink, who also sponsored her to work at Studiocanal Australia, writing coverage for the European Film Market, 2021.
Lâle’s dystopian pilot script Blue Mountain won Best Sci-Fi Screenplay in Los Angeles Film Awards, 2018, and Best Short Screenplay in Red Carpet Film Awards NYC, 2018. The script was also in the official selection of Rome Prisma Awards, 2018, and the semi-finals of the Los Angeles Cinefest, 2019.
Lâle made it to the interview stages for a 2023 Churchill Fellowship with her proposal to investigate development initiatives and pathways for diaspora writers. She has received mentorship over the years from writers and producers such as Rachel Ward, Catherine Smyth-McMullen, Shelley Birse, Chelsea Cassio, Kylie du Fresne and Polly Rowe. She has worked as a note taker for Easy Tiger, Jungle Entertainment and Goalpost Pictures.
A triptych of Lâle’s poetry is published in Escape Artists Advanced Party by Borderstream Books, and Arts Features International, Issue 1, Winter 2018, ‘Escape Artists Anthology’. Other contributing writers/artists included Behrooz Boochani. Lâle’s essay The heroine’s Journey: Women on Solo Expeditions through Film, was published on the Women and Film website, California in January, 2018, before also being published in the above anthology. Lâle recently spent six weeks in France writing her first novel, a surreal literary fiction.
Previously, Lâle played a recurring acting role in both Matilda Brown’s series ‘Lessons From The Grave’ with Bryan Brown, which screened on ABC and Presto, and Foxtel’s ‘Let’s Talk About’ featuring Rick Davies, Sam Neill, Bryan Brown, & Andrea Demetriades. Lâle also designed the costumes for both series. She has designed costumes for 38 episodes of Beyond Productions Deadly Women and has also acted in and styled numerous TV commercials, short films, online series, and music videos.
Lâle’s magic realism screenplay The Palace That I Live In was produced in 2013 and had its world premiere at Palm Springs International ShortFest 2014. It featured Hunter Page-Lochard (Cleverman), her real-life mother, and herself. The film has also screened in NYC Independent Film Festival, Edinburgh Short Film Festival in 2015, & Tasmania Breath Of Fresh Air Film Festival, 2016. During her time touring with the film Lâle was invited to be a judge for the Southeastern International Film Festival in Nashville, 2016.
After working as a life drawing model for several years at Julian Ashton Art School and the Royal Art Society in Sydney, Lâle wrote the dark comedy stage play Still Chaos with Dog, which was inspired by three particular artists. The artists now call each other by their character names. Art mimics life, mimics art, and so on.
Lâle completed a novel writing course at Australian Writers’ Centre, 2011, and a creative writing course at Sydney University’s continuing education program, 2010, before pursuing further education in a BA double major in Creative Writing and English with Southern Cross University, 2016. Lâle is a graduate of the Actors’ College of Theatre & Television, 2008, with an Advanced diploma of Stage and Screen practice. Lâle also completed a Cert IV at Design Centre Enmore, 2010, and was a member of the NIDA Actors Ensemble open program, 2013. Lâle is currently developing a long format TV series and a feature film.