2017 Master of Arts (Screenwriting), VCA/University of Melbourne


Screenwriter for projects including Farewell Tour (Renegade Films, in development), and contributor to television shows including RocKwiz (SBS, 2005-2011) since 2012.

Journalist and critic since 2005 for various publications including The Guardian, The Age, The Saturday Paper and Sydney Morning Herald.


Bastow, C 2019, ‘Re-Reading The Heartbreak Kid As Feminist Critique’, in A Heller Nicholas & D Brandum (eds.) ReFocus: The Films of Elaine May, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh

Bastow, C 2016, ‘Sh-Boogie Bop’, in K Pickering (ed.) Doing It: Women Tell The Truth About Great Sex, University of Queensland Press, Brisbane, pp 259-266.

Bastow, C 2015, ‘You Can’t Mute A Revolution’ in S Trenoweth (ed.) Fury: Women Write About Sex, Power And Violence, Hardie Grant, Melbourne, pp 171-180.

Bastow, C 2015, ‘The Piracy Paradox’, in P McGuinness (ed.) Copyfight, NewSouth Publishing, Sydney, pp 72-85.

Bastow, C 2009, ‘Case of The Ex’ in Your Mother Would Be Proud: True Tales Of Mayhem And Misadventure, in J Valentish & T Sheward (eds.), Allen & Unwin, pp 186-190.


Night Massacre, Dark Mofo, 2018

Producer and co-writer of live “wrestling death match” as part of Dark Mofo festival’s Night Mass program.

Behind The Belt, ABC, 2017

Creator, co-writer and co-host of documentary podcast about professional wrestling for ABC.

‘Telling Stories: women screenwriters and the obligation to represent’, Kill Your Darlings, August 20th, 2015

Essay about female screenwriters for Australian cultural magazine.

Escape From LA, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, 2015

Writer and performer of one-hour narrative comedy show about screenwriting in Los Angeles.

‘“You know that new sound you’re looking for?”’, in The Lifted Brow Vol. 17, 2013

Essay about the use of music in the films of Robert Zemeckis for The Music Issue of Australian quarterly print literary journal.

The F Word Forum, Sydney Opera House, 2012

Invited to speak on this panel discussion alongside leading feminists Germaine Greer and Naomi Wolf as part of the Ideas At The House program.

All Women Are Sluts, Festival Of Dangerous Ideas, Sydney Opera House, 2011

Invited to speak on the topic of contemporary feminism at The Ethics Centre and Sydney Opera House’s annual festival. Fellow guests included Slavoj Žižek, Julian Assange and Mona Elhatawy.

Postcards From The Abyss, Melbourne Fringe Festival, 2010

Writer and performer of one-hour stand up comedy show about depression and anxiety.

Dancing About Architecture, C31, 2009-2010

Creator, co-host and technical director of the Antenna Award-winning music criticism panel show produced by Renegade Films for C31.

The Audition, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2009

Co-writer and performer of one-hour play about gender issues in the Australian entertainment industry.

Club XX, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, 2008

Co-writer and performer of one-hour sketch comedy show about feminism.

Slave, Vol. 1 (2003)

Co-editor of zine featured in Public Offer: Ways to Share Design Exhibition at RMIT Design Hub, 2013.


2018 Film Victoria feature film development, Farewell Tour

Draft-to-draft screenplay funding as part of Film Victoria’s Feature Film Development.

2016 Film Victoria feature film development, Farewell Tour

Draft-to-draft screenplay funding as part of Film Victoria’s Feature Film Development.

2016 Film Victoria Incubator Feature Script Intensive, Farewell Tour

One of four projects invited for a three-day screenwriting development intensive at Film Victoria.

2015 Screen Australia/Open Channel ScriptStart

One of seven feature screenwriting projects chosen for Screen Australia Enterprise funded initiative providing an intensive script development process for previously unfunded writers.

2015 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship

Chosen as one of 20 fellows from a field of more than 180 applications.

2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowship

Chosen as one of 372 screenplays to reach quarterfinals of this prestigious screenwriting contest, from a pool of 7,251 entries internationally.

2012 Gold EVA (All Media) and Best Opinion EVA, EVA Media Awards for Excellence in the Reporting of Violence Against Women

Chosen from 79 entries of the best reporting and media contributions to the prevention of violence against women in 2011/2012.


‘"No More Guns In The Valley: Gender Liberation Through Ultraviolence In 20th Century Fox’s R-Rated X-Men Films", Superheroes Beyond conference, ACMI, 2018

“From Fridging To Feminism: Writing Short Fiction After #MeToo”, RMIT Writing & Publishing lecture, RMIT, 2018

“Writing Short Films”, CWRI20009 guest lecture, University Of Melbourne, 2018

“Julia Ducournau’s Raw: Horror In The Eyes Of Women, New Age Feminism & Women On Film”, Cinema Nova, Melbourne, 2017

“Tearing Each Other Apart”, Feminist Writers Festival, Melbourne, 2015

“Blue Movies: Sex And Sexuality On Screen”, Melbourne International Film Festival, 2014


CWRI20009, Writing For Screen (University of Melbourne)

Tutor and guest lecturer in 2nd year BA subject offered through School of Culture & Communication.

CWRI30014, Advanced Screenwriting (University of Melbourne)

Tutor in 3rd year BA subject offered through School of Culture & Communication.

S350381, Cosplay: Techniques For Costume Design And Fabrication (RMIT)

Subject coordinator and tutor of intensive short course in costume fabrication and thermoplastic use.