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Luke Devenish

Lecturer In Film And Tv (Screenwriting)
Victorian College Of The Arts
historical fiction
ancient rome
livia drusilla
queen elizabeth i
dario fo
william shakespeare
gay encoding
nazi occupation
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Luke Devenish

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Luke Devenish


Luke Devenish is a novelist, screenwriter, playwright and lecturer.

Luke joined the VCA’s School of Film & Television in 2013, where he lectures in screenwriting and coordinates 1st Year of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Screenwriting) degree. He has previously taught screenwriting at the Australian Film Television & Radio School, RMIT University, Monash University and NIDA.

As Script Producer with FremantleMedia’s Neighbours from 2001 to 2007, Luke oversaw scripts for 1,500 episodes of the internationally celebrated soap opera, represented the show at the UK National Television Awards, and spoke about the enduring successes of exported Australian TV dramas at industry conferences in Cologne and Amsterdam.

Before working for FremantleMedia, Luke was Assistant Commissioning Editor (Drama) with ABC Television.

In this position he was Script Executive for 300 episodes of Something in the Air, and a development executive for SeaChange, RAW FM and other ABC TV series.

Luke enjoys a parallel career as a playwright. Productions of his work have been staged by Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre, the Queensland Theatre Company, the Adelaide Festival and the Sydney Festival, among others.

Luke’s historical novels about Ancient Rome, ‘Den of Wolves’ and ‘Nest of Vipers’, have been published in five languages. A new novel, ‘The Secret Heiress’, set in late 19th Century Australia, will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2015.

In recent years, Luke has worked as a Development Consultant with several Australian production companies, including Matchbox Pictures and FremantleMedia, as well as Philippines TV network ABS-CBN.

Luke’s areas of research interest include the Hollywood Studio Era from birth to decline; and the development, evolution and implementation of narrative tropes in film genres.

Link to CV:


2013 – present
Lecturer & 1st Year Coordinator, BFA Screenwriting, University of Melbourne/VCA

Teacher, Master of Arts (Screenwriting), University of Melbourne/VCA

Course Creator & Teacher, Writing Sci-Fi for Film & TV Australian Film, Television & Radio School (AFTRS)

2010 - 2012
Guest Lecturer, Playwriting, National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)

2003 – 2012
Course Creator & Teacher, Screenwriting for Film – Online, Australian Film, Television & Radio School (AFTRS)

2010 - 2011
Course Creator & Teacher, Creating TV Drama & Comedy – Online, Australian Film, Television & Radio School (AFTRS)

2008 – 2011
Lead Teacher, Graduate Certificate in Screenwriting, Australian Film, Television & Radio School (AFTRS)

2009 – 2010
Teacher, Screenwriting, RMIT University

Teacher, Playwriting, Monash University

Honours, Awards and Fellowships


2017 Award for Programs that Enhance Learning: Innovation and Flexibility in Curricula, Learning and Teaching.

Australian Awards for University Teaching






Lecturer In Film And Tv (Screenwriting)

Victorian College Of The Arts

Full Member

Australian Writers Guild




Curtin University of Technology