Sharlene Lea’uanae

Mareeba, Queensland

Screenwriter and future director

At 25, Sharlene was a mum of three studying to become a social worker. When a friend passed away, she took in her three children. Caring for six children and studying didn’t allow her to be the mum she wanted, so she left university. Her closet writing turned into a career path when Screen Queensland visited town. Sharlene has since had two screenplays produced. With the youngest of her eight kids at school, she now has more time to write and is now studying a Bachelor of Creative Industries, Media Design, at James Cook University: “When I went to school, being a screenwriter was not thought to be a ‘real job’. That’s why I’m passionate about encouraging people with that creative spark, that desire to write… I love it!”