First I was a dancer (you can catch my finest work in Kylie Minogue’s ‘Locomotion’). I also danced on a weekly pop show, Countdown. One day the host saw me mucking around and asked me to open the show. I said ‘Welcome to Countdown, now here’s Jason and the Scorchers’. Lo and behold, a producer from the same network rang and asked me to audition for a new show. I got the gig! It was called ‘The Factory’. That’s where I started writing my own comedy sketches and character pieces. Suddenly everyone started calling me a comedian, so I thought ‘okay, now I’m a comedian’. I did some pretty outrageous stuff on the telly and was regarded as quite the innovator/enfant terrible, depending on who you spoke to.
Anyhoo, I decided I would like to further challenge myself, so set out to do the thing I was most afraid of… perform live. I wrote my first one woman show in 1992, Tania Lacy – All Of Me. I toured around Australia and then a producer very kindly mounted my show at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival where I was short-listed for the Perrier Award. I got to go to lots of cool parties.
I did a few other one woman shows but I wanted to try something else. I thought film would be fun. I wrote a couple of short films – my first ‘Pussy Got Your Tongue?’ I entered into Tropfest and won the Nicole Kidman Best Actress Award. I know, I couldn’t believe it either. I found being a writer/performer very liberating. I didn’t have to sit around and wait for the phone to ring. I could just make my own stuff. Grouse or what?
After writing 3 short films, all of which did well at festivals winning the odd prize here and there, I thought why not write a feature film, can’t be too hard. Mmm, huge learning curve. Long story short, I managed to get development funding for my scripts, but no cigar. Did I give up? No! In fact my mantra became ‘Never, never, never give up!’ And I’m glad I didn’t because then I met Gillian Carr at Moodystreet Productions. She gave me a job as comedy editor on a kids’ cartoon series G2G, despite my lack of experience in writing for anyone but myself. And you know what, I loved it. I have since worked on many projects for Moodystreet, one of them, Sumo Mouse, I was the script editor. Now that’s a tough gig, but boy, did I learn a lot.
Gillian and I worked really well together so I asked if she would be interested in producing a screenplay I had written. She read my romantic comedy, loved it and said yes. We have been on quite a journey with ‘London Calling’ and thanks to her savvy it was picked up by Dominic Minghella in the UK. It’s all getting very close to being a reality now. Of course I can’t tell you what a thrill it has been working with someone of Mr. Minghella’s talent. I’m now writing my next feature and have a comedy series in development. So the story continues…
All I can say is thank God I never, never, never gave up.