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SCREENWRITER, DIRECTOR & producer
Steven Arriagada is the son of an Indigenous Chilean father and an Italian mother. One of four children, one deceased. Steven grew up in the '90s in Springvale, an outer suburb of Melbourne's South East, known for being the first stop for new waves of immigrants.
Springvale was also known for its crime and violence in that same era and became the backdrop to Steven's rocky, marginalised upbringing into young adulthood.
From shooting the Australian Open for ESPN to directing Hugh Jackman in video segments of his Broadway to Oz show, Steven has worked over many departments in Film/TV in mostly technical roles until turning to drama in 2016.
In 2016, Steven’s debut at writing/directing/producing a drama narrative Nathan Loves Ricky Martin landed him an AACTA nomination for best short film. Through Film Victoria placements Steven found himself moving away from technical roles and into writers rooms for renowned Australian production companies in a consultation capacity while honing his skills as a writer/director.
Steven won the Arclight / Chinalight feature film initiative through Screen Australia. Won the renowned Script Pipeline First Look Script competition while producing the short film Watch Out For Australians, working with DOP Matthew Temple (Please Like Me) and starring Kuni Hashimoto (Wolverine) which was nominated for awards at Festival du nouveau cinéma and St Kilda Film festival.
Steven has worked on the story outline of Palm D’or winner Charle’s William’s feature debut Inside and trained as a showrunner through Film Victoria under Louise Fox on ABC/Netflix TV show Glitch season 3.
Steven’s first television pilot, based on the Nathan Loves Ricky Martin short film, The Anti-Socials made it onto Script Pathways and was nominated for the AWG Monte Miller Award for best long-form script.
Steven has worked as a Story Analyst for Studio Canal through the Australian Writers Guild /Scripted Ink, worked on his Film Victoria funded TV pilot Syndicates and has written episodes for upcoming TV series to be announced in 2020 including BUMP, for Village Roadshow Rough Diamond, the team behind Love My Way and Secret Life Of Us, coming to Stan in 2020 (See the announcement here).
Steven is also currently working on his writer/director debut feature film.