Perfect Messy Love (feature film)

Perfect Messy Love, a new romantic comedy feature film, based on the web series released in 2020, will release in the second half of 2022.  It tells the story of Emily and Matt, who develop their relationship via video chat.  The series opens in London with Emily’s life falling apart.  This leads to Emily swapping her London flat with surfer Matt’s Sunshine Coast beach house. They sort out the messiness of their circumstances through spending time together, albeit online.

Perfect Messy Love is developed with investment from Screen QLD, Sunshine Coast Regional Arts Fund and Arts QLD and supported by Brisbane based Changer Studios.

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Time & Place series

Time & Place is a relationship drama originally shot as a web series with Screen Australia as principal investor. Magazine writer Rebecca Woodruff returns to the coastal town where she grew up, to find the lie she has been living is now slowly unravelling and the consequences are set to affect everyone around her. It is set on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and stars Tracy Mann, Lara Cox, Conrad Coleby, Bec Hewitt, Lisa Kay and Bree Desborough.

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Pinky Promise short film

Pinky Promise is a short film that tells a story of friendship and love. Elizabeth is a well known concert pianist busy traveling the country when she suddenly discovers a very close friend from her childhood who she had lost contact with owns the restaurant near where she is staying. She is desperate to see her again but as she begins to find out more about her friend the more uncertain she is that the friendship was really the way she remembers it.

Pinky Promise premiered at the Caloundra Film Festival on the 11th of October 2017. It had it’s international premiere in Ireland at the prestigious Richard Harris Film Festival on the 28th of October 2017. It also received the Silver Award at Cinemafest in New York , Best Film in the Golden Earth Film Festival, Semi-Finalist in the Hollywood Screenings Film Festival and has screened at the Atlanta, Georgia film festival, Rome Film Festival and Wimbledon Film Festival in London.

Ryder Country (Mind Fire) feature film

Ryder Country (Mind Fire), a psychological thriller, was co-created, co-written, produced and directed by Tam. It tells the story of a group of medical research scientists who are invited by a renowned Professor on a three day expedition into the bush to study a rare strain of crossbred ants. When one of the team are gruesomely killed it becomes a frightening journey of survival where terrifying secrets are uncovered.

The film stars Conrad Coleby  (All Saints, Home and Away, Sea Patrol and Underbelly), Lara Cox (Heartbreak High, All Saints), Peter Sumner (Heartbreak High, Spyforce, Flying Doctors, All Saints) and Gold Logie winner Rowena Wallace best known for her role as ‘Pat the Rat’ in Australian soap Sons and Daughters.


Tuki is based on the novel Tuki Banjo Superstar by Ocean Palmer. Following reading a couple of Tam’s screenplays the author of the novel asked Tam to partner him in writing the adaptation. They have now completed the screenplay and a UK film company is looking to option it and add it to their slate of work.

Tuki is a heart-warming story of a young New Zealand girl who travels to LA and unexpectedly ends up a hero of the wealthy world of horse racing.

Song of the Sound

Song of the Sound is based on the novel by the same name written by Adam Armstrong (AKA Jeff Gulvin). Tam first read the novel over 19 years ago while studying film and TV and fell in love with the story. She felt adamant that one day she would adapt it for the screen and direct it. Once she was professionally in a position to purchase the film and television rights she did so and then wrote the screenplay.

She has now adapted it into a 6 part television drama series. The series is set in a coastal town, where the bleak, cold, harshness of the landscape can reflect the dark secrets and the compelling plot twists and turns. It is a story of mystery and intrigue with drama, tragedy, triumph and betrayal and tells the story of whale and dolphin expert Libby Bass who moves to a new country in search of a new life but is met by a town full of dark secrets and the mysterious American John-Cody who hides the biggest secret of all.

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