Assignment: What if Australia had a Prime Minister informed by AI?

Learning Intentions   

  • Explore and express how AI could impact Australia in a speculative fiction story. 
  • Create dialogue (spoken words), inner dialogue (voiceover) and character direction (body language) in a script. 
  • Format a television scene in the format of a script. 


    Review the provocation with script producer Jessica Paine then launch into your scriptwriting project. 


    “Now it’s your turn. Let’s imagine that at the end of Series 2, Cat and her friends fail to stop HANC, the AI at the heart of the government of Australia – the PM. What happens next?” Imagine you are in charge of Series 3, episode 1 of The PM’s Daughter.” – Jessica Paine 

    Create a storyline that imagines what might happen in a speculative future, an Australian government with a Prime Minister informed by AI.   

    Aim to complete an entire scene to explore and complete your ideas.  

    This would feature at the top of the script: series 3, scene 1, episode 1.  


    • Remember to represent diverse perspectives from different characters, because not all characters have the same beliefs or ways of seeing the world.
    • Aim to end each scene with a question, because this hooks in your audience to keep watching.
    • Consider how to explore big ideas rather than give straightforward answers, because as writers we need to take our time to extend interesting ideas.
    • Use a combination of dialogue (spoken words), inner dialogue (voiceover) and character direction (body language) to build the story, because then the story will be dynamic and interesting. 

    Scriptwriting Resources

    To format your story into a script try the free online Celtx tool or consider creating a Microsoft word or Google Doc. template for students to work in.  

    Read more about the following topics to support screenwriting: 

    1. Formatting scripts
    2. Screenwriting shorthand
    3. Writing scenes
    4. Structuring scripts

    Australian Curriculum Links

    Civics and Citizenship  
    Year 8 
    Years 9  
    Years 10 
    Analysis, evaluation and interpretation 
    Locate, select and organise information, data and ideas from different sources. 
    Locate, select and compare information, data and ideas from a range of sources. 
    Analyse information, data and ideas about political, legal or civic issues to identify and evaluate differences in perspectives and interpretations. 
    Year 8 
    Year 9 
    Year 10 
    Language | 
    Language for interacting with others 
    Recognise how language shapes relationships and roles. 
    Recognise how language empowers relationships and roles. 
    Understand how language can have inclusive and exclusive social effects, and can empower or disempower people. 
    Language | 
    Text structure and organisation 
    Explain how texts are structured depending on their purpose and how language features vary, recognising that some texts are hybrids that combine different genres or elements of different genres. 

    Identify and use vocabulary typical of academic texts. 
    Examine how authors adapt and subvert text structures and language features by experimenting with spoken, written, visual and multimodal elements, and their combination. 

    Analyse how vocabulary choices contribute to style, mood and tone. 
    Analyse text structures and language features and evaluate their effectiveness in achieving their purpose. 

    Use an expanded technical and academic vocabulary for precision when writing academic texts. 
    Literature | Engaging with and responding to literature 
    Share opinions about the language features, literary devices and text structures that contribute to the styles of literary texts. 
    Present a personal response to a literary text comparing initial impressions and subsequent analysis of the whole text. 
    Analyse how the aesthetic qualities associated with text structures, language features, literary devices and visual features, and the context in which these texts are experienced, influence audience response. 
    Literature | Creating literature 
    Create and edit literary texts that experiment with language features and literary devices for particular purposes and effects. 
    Create and edit literary texts, that may be a hybrid, that experiment with text structures, language features and literary devices for purposes and audiences. 
    Compare and evaluate how “voice” as a literary device is used in different types of texts, such as poetry, novels and film, to evoke emotional responses. 
    Literacy | Texts in context 
    Identify how texts reflect contexts. 
    Analyse how representations of people, places, events and concepts reflect contexts. 
    Analyse and evaluate how people, places, events and concepts are represented in texts and reflect contexts. 
    Literacy | Analysing, interpreting and evaluating 
    Analyse and evaluate the ways that language features vary according to the purpose and audience of the text, and the ways that sources and quotations are used in a text. 
    Analyse and evaluate how language features are used to represent a perspective of an issue, event, situation, individual or group. 
    Listen to spoken texts and explain the purposes and effects of text structures and language features, and use interaction skills to discuss and present an opinion about these texts. 
    Use comprehension strategies such as visualising, predicting, connecting, summarising, monitoring, questioning and inferring to interpret and evaluate ideas in texts. 
    Use comprehension strategies such as visualising, predicting, connecting, summarising, monitoring, questioning and inferring to compare and contrast ideas and opinions in and between texts. 
    Analyse and evaluate how language features are used to implicitly or explicitly represent values, beliefs and attitudes. 
     Health and Physical Education 
    Year 8 
    Year 9 + Year 10 
    Personal, social and community health | Interacting with others 
    Examine the roles of respect, empathy, power and coercion in developing respectful relationships. 
    Evaluate the influence of respect, empathy, power and coercion on establishing and maintaining respectful relationships. 

    Plan, rehearse and evaluate strategies for managing situations where their own or others’ health, safety or wellbeing may be at risk.
    Personal, social and community health | Making healthy and safe choices 
    Investigate how media and influential people impact attitudes, beliefs, decisions and behaviours in relation to health, safety, relationships and wellbeing. 
    Making healthy and safe choices 
    Investigate how media and influential people impact attitudes, beliefs, decisions and behaviours in relation to health, safety, relationships and wellbeing. 
    Plan, justify and critique strategies to enhance their own and others’ health, safety, relationships and wellbeing. 
     Critical and Creative Thinking 
    Year 8 
    Year 9+10 
    Reflecting - Think about thinking (metacognition) 
    Reflect on the thinking and processes used when completing activities or drawing conclusions. 
    Reflect on the thinking and processes used when completing activities and drawing conclusions. 
    Reflecting - Transfer knowledge 
    Transfer knowledge and skills gained in previous experiences to both similar and different contexts, and explain reasons for decisions and choices made. 
    Identify, plan and justify opportunities to transfer knowledge into new contexts. 
    Analysing - Interpret concepts and problems 
    Identify the relevant aspects of a concept or problem, recognising gaps or missing elements necessary for understanding by using approaches and strategies suitable for the context. 
    Analysing - Draw conclusions and provide reasons 
    Draw conclusions and make choices when completing tasks by connecting evidence from within and across discipline areas to provide reasons and evaluate arguments for choices made. 
     Ethical Understanding 
    Year 8 
    Years 9 + Year 10 
    Understanding ethical concepts and perspectives - Explore ethical concepts 
    Analyse the similarities and differences between ethical concepts, such as integrity, loyalty and equality, in a range of situations and contexts. 
    Evaluate the consistency in meaning of ethical concepts, such as trust, freedom and rights and responsibilities, in a range of situations and contexts. 
    Explain how different traits, such as honesty, trust, courage and selfishness interact with responsibilities or duties to determine ethically appropriate responses. 
    Explore and analyse examples of the tensions between conflicting positions on issues of personal, social and global importance. 
    Digital Technologies  
    Year 8 
    Knowledge and understanding | Digital systems 
    Analyse and visualise data interactively using a range of software, including spreadsheets and databases, to draw conclusions and make predictions by identifying trends and outliers. 

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