Shirley has worked on films that have had a cumulative box office of over a quarter of a billion dollars.
She is one of the most prolific writers in Australia. In ten years of writing for Walt Disney Studios, Shirley worked on over two dozen projects ranging from features Dinosaur, Home on the Range and Meet the Robinsons to the Holocaust drama Misha. The short John Henry, which she wrote for Disney, won international film festivals and was shortlisted in its category for the Academy Awards. Her screen adaptation of the opera Aida was source material for Elton John’s successful Broadway production.
Currently writing a legal drama for Full Circle Productions, she has recently delivered a wartime romance for Hard Rock Entertainment, co-written an adaptation of the Tuscany romance The Promise for Intomedia and an adaptation of a millennial love story for Radioactive Pictures.
Shirley wrote and produced the short fiim No Means which was an official selection at five international film festivals including festivals in Los Angeles, Melbourne and New York. She also wrote and co-produced the successful anti-bullying music video Free You Be You which was nominated for a Heart of Gold award.
She wrote for networks ABC and the Nine Network plus producers Trish Lake, Matt Carroll and Chris Brown.
Shirley’s TV movies include the Lena Horne Story for ABC, Black Entertainment Television’s thriller Incognito, TNT’s Passing Glory for Quincy Jones and family drama Colour of Rage.
She has written for studios in the U.S., Australia, Japan and Spain. She has developed projects for MGM and Sony Pictures. Shirley wrote romantic drama For Real for New Millennium Studios and the urban love story How to Make Your Man Behave. Other credits include the urban drama Hothouse Flowers, the TV drama Kaleidoscope for Caravel Pictures, the story for thriller Murder on the Reef for Wonderland Media and a book adaptation of romantic novel, Seducing Mr. Maclean.
Shirley has developed projects for Stephen J. Cannell, Fox Television, NBC, Proctor and Gamble, Hanna Barbera, Crawfords, the Australian Children’s Television Fund and her company River Dreaming Entertainment.
Her stage comedy Lullaby Eve has been produced in N.Y., Los Angeles and Sydney
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