Born: Established: 1 Nov 1949 ;
Script-writer Peter Neale's earliest script was the 38-minute script for prolific director Richard Jasek's graduate film for the Australian Film, Television, and Radio School, a contemporary version of the 1918 theatrical work L'Histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale) by Igor Stravinsky (music) and C.F. Ramuz (libretto).
This excursion into fantasy has remained one of Neale's focuses as a script-writer. He has written for straight drama series, including Heartbreak High, G.P., Water Rats, and Fallen Angels. His sole full-length feature-film script (Big Ideas, in which a young entrepreneur tangles with bureaucracy, which Neale later novelised) was also a straight drama, and he has also written scripts for educational programs, including English: Have a Go (a program aimed at those learning English as a language).
However, Neale also regularly produces scripts for programs with a strong speculative-fiction focus. He was one of the Australian script-writers for Australian-American co-production Farscape, and has written scripts for Wild Kat, Deadly, The Ferals, and The Woodlies.
Neale has also worked as a script editor (for feature film Chopper as well as for programs Water Rats and All Saints) and as an associate script producer (for murder-mystery soap opera Out of the Blue).