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Christopher Gist

Christopher Gist is a producer and writer, undertaking a PhD at the University of South Australia. In his professional practice he has developed and executive produced over 30 titles ranging from features to series television, commissioning and/or executive producing some of Australia's and New Zealand's highest rating dramas. For the Australian Broadcasting Corporation he commissioned and executive produced shows including Jack Irish (Guy Pearce), Old School (Sam Neill and Bryan Brown), Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (Essie Davis), and Australia's number one drama The Doctor Blake Mysteries. Awards festivals include the International Emmys, New York Festival, Prix Danube, US FilmFest. As a writer, Chris has written screen, theatre, and print. In theatre his work has been performed at a range of festivals including the Queensland Music Festival, Tasmania's Festival of Voices, the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, the Melbourne Fringe Festival, the Queensland Cabaret Festival, and the BL-NK project at Cube Space London. In short film, his comedy The Op Shop won multiple Australian and international film awards and is a recurring favourite at comedy festivals. Chris's feature film Darklands (Nadine Garner) is due for release in 2022, and his Screen Australia supported feature script The World's Greatest Martini was selected by Screen Australia for the US Independent Filmmaker Project (now The Gotham) and is now financing. In education, Chris has been a guest lecturer at many universities and is currently sessional at Melbourne University VCA where he supervises honours students and mentors final year screenwriting students.


  • –present
    PhD Candidate, University of South Australia