Julia Moriarty is a Yanyuwa woman from Borroloola in the Northern Territory. Julia has completed a Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting (Film and Television) at UCLA in 2019, having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with First Class Honours at UNSW in 2016 and an Advanced Diploma in Screenwriting (Series Television) at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in 2015.
Julia aspires to unpack the magic that exists within the Dreaming and Indigenous stories through film. In 2015, Julia placed on the UNSW Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dean's List for academic excellence, and received the Kookaburra Prize for best performance in the School of the Arts and Media by an Indigenous student.
During her undergraduate studies, Julia played professional tennis internationally for Australia and Ireland, where she is a dual citizen. Julia competed in 38 countries, ranking #1 for Ireland (2010, 2011), #2 for New South Wales (2013) and #17 for Australia (2014). Julia currently mentors young athletes through the Nangala Project, a not-for-profit supporting remote-region Aboriginal children and families through soccer and pre-literacy programs.
The Nangala Project is directed by Julia's father, Dr John Moriarty AM, who studied in school with Charles Perkins and is renowned as the first Indigenous soccer player to be selected for the Australian national team, and was the designer of the Indigenous motif on the tails of Qantas planes.
I feel incredibly lucky to be in this program, I have grown immensely this first year as both a writer and a storyteller. It's also been amazing to be surrounded by like-minded people who are chasing the same dreams I have ... This summer, I'm looking to intern in the Australian film industry. I'm really looking forward to implementing the knowledge I've gained and contribute at home.