Emily Ballou


An award-winning poet, screenwriter and novelist, Emily Ballou was born in the United States and moved to Australia in 1991. In 1996, she was a recipient of the Australian Film Commission’s New Screenwriters Scheme for her first feature screenplay, Sadie X-Ray. In 1997 she was awarded the Judith Wright Prize for Poetry for her poem, Enter.  Her first novel Father Lands, set during the desegregation of the school system in the United States, was published by Picador in 2002 and won Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Novelist of the Year Award. Her second novel, Aphelion (Picador) was published in 2007. 

Now residing in the UK, Emily recently wrote an episode for Bash Doran’s WWII spy drama, Traitors for Channel 4, and was creative consultant and a writer on the Steven Knight/Tom Hardy series, Taboo for BBC1/FX. She writes extensively for UK television including on Humans (Kudos/C4/AMC), the Sally Wainwright originated Scott & Bailey (Red/ITV/ BBC Worldwide), and Case Histories (BBC). Emily has been commissioned to write numerous pilots including for Working Title, Scott Free/BBC, Sundance, Ruby, and the adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things for PBS.

Australian credits include ‘Family’ a chapter of the anthology series, The Turning (dir. Shaun Gladwell), for Arena Film, episodes of Dance Academy for Werner Film, and two episodes of the television adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas’ The Slap, ‘Anouk’ and ‘Aisha’, for which she received an AWGIE Award in 2012. 

Emily has several projects in development including a six-part thriller for AMC/ITV.  

Emily Ballou is represented by Jane Cameron.
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