Script Coordinator: 2012-2013
Script Editor: 2013-2014
Associate Script Producer: 2014
Script Producer: 2014-2016
Gary Sewell entered university, undertaking a Bachelor of Psychology and a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Western Australia. After this, he completed a Masters of Professional Communications (Screen Studies) at the Western Australian Film Academy in 2008. He was funded in his graduating year to produce a short film, Shatter. The following year, he received a development grant for an original series titled Strange Practice.
Afterwards, he secured a ScreenWest funded attachment to Southern Star, which led to first television job was on the Nine Network series, Rescue Special Ops in 2009, as a researcher and script coordinator. He eventually moved up the ranks and became a trainee script editor the following year. In 2011, he began working on Wild Boys in the same role.
In 2012, Gary joined the Home and Away script department as a script coordinator. He wrote his first episode in 2013 (Ep#5714).
After working his way through the ranks, Gary was promoted to script producer in early 2014, with his first episode in the role going to air on 14th October 2014 (Ep#6071), and over his tenure Gary oversaw the scripting of such storylines as Marilyn‘s amnesia, Charlotte King’s rampage of terror and Brax‘s wrongful imprisonment. His final episode aired on 28th July 2016 (Ep#6480).
In 2013 he worked on Sam Atwell‘s play, Set, a murder mystery centred around the murder of a soap star on the set of their show.
During these years, Gary’s material was nominated for three AWGIE awards. The first nomination came in 2013 for Ep#5714 which detailed Rosie Pritchard’s rape through the medium of flashbacks, an award which he won. Alongside this nomination, his short film script Bursting! was nominated in the short film category. In 2016, he received a nomination for Ep#6417 which follows the story of the MacGuires learning of Oscar‘s death and Kat finally discovering Charlotte’s murderer.
Gary left the Seven Network in late 2015 and started work for the British production company, Lime Pictures, as a script editor for their long-running soap, Hollyoaks. His first episode as story producer for the series aired on 31st January 2017.
Currently, he is a series producer on Hollyoaks.