Films & TV


Elinor’s screenwriting wheelhouse is: Diverse, character-driven dramas with a unique sense of place. Her film & TV projects include female-focused series, full-length features in period & family, and more.

Dill by Elinor TeeleLondon Sparrow by Elinor TeeleThe SeafarerThe Bog Monster

Industry Marks of Approval

  • In Development: Dill optioned by TCGT Entertainment
  • In Development: London Sparrow optioned by New Colony Film
  • Filmarket Hub UK Online Pitchbox: TV Series Selection
  • Final Draft Fellowship: Semifinalist
  • Roxbury International Film Festival: Daily Reads Selection
  • Sidewalk Film Festival Narrative Lab: Participant

Television Series

London Sparrow: At the height of WWI, a plucky Cockney woman decides to dig into the lives of her working class parents and uncovers an Edwardian saga of reckless romance, poverty & abandonment, and women’s liberation. In development. Based on a true story.

Central: A brilliant & unusual rural postie becomes a de facto detective for her Central Otago community, solving local mysteries and tracking down the perpetrator of a notorious unsolved murder.

Full-Length Features

Dill: Amidst the turmoil of the American Revolution, a young & fiercely intelligent enslaved woman in Massachusetts falls in love with a Harvard-educated minister and must fight for the right to live as she chooses. In development. Inspired by true events.

The Seafarer: A gripping & unconventional survival saga based on the real-life story of Howard Blackburn, the Gloucester fisherman who became an unlikely hero. Inspired by true events.

The Bog Monster: When an ancient monster arises from a peat bog, it’s up to a lonely Irish Indian boy, a chatty starling, and a quick-witted otter to save the day.

Paradise Track: Thrown together by a comic adventure in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, a Kiwi bird expert and a Korean hiker fall into love.

Budapest: A Chinese American man becomes mixed up in the East vs. West politics of modern Budapest and a plot to kill an old friend.


Pulling Up Stumps: The poignant and humorous tale of two Otago blokes, old ties, and a troublesome stump.