David Williamson

Writer

David Williamson is Australia’s best known and most widely performed playwright. His first full-length play The Coming of Stork was presented at La Mama Theatre in 1970 and was followed by The Removalists, Don’s Party, The Department, The Club, Travelling North, The Perfectionist, Sons of Cain, Emerald City, Top Silk, Money and Friends, Brilliant Lies, Sanctuary, Dead White Males, After the Ball, Corporate Vibes, Face to Face, Rupert and Sorting Out Rachel. He has had over fifty plays produced.

His plays have been translated into many languages and performed internationally, including major productions in London, Los Angeles, New York and Washington.

As a screenwriter, David has brought to the screen his own plays including The Removalists, Don’s Party, The Club, Travelling North and Emerald City along with his original screenplays for feature films including Libido, Petersen, Gallipoli, Phar Lap, The Year of Living Dangerously and Balibo. The adaptation of his play Face to Face, directed by Michael Rymer, won the Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Film at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

David was the first person outside Britain to receive the George Devine Award (for The Removalists). His many awards include twelve Australian Writers’ Guild AWGIE Awards, five Australian Film Institutes’ Awards for Best Screenplay and, in 1996 The United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Award.  In 2005 he was awarded the Richard Lane Award for services to the Australian Writers’ Guild. David has received four honorary doctorates and been made an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Recently David had two new plays produced The Big Time at the Ensemble and Nearer the Gods at the Queensland Theatre Company. Nearer The Gods has been nominated for Best New Australian Work at the Matilda Awards.

David has been named one of Australia’s Living National Treasures.

David Williamson is represented in film and television by Jane Cameron and by Anthony Blair for stage.
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