Emily Ballou


Poet, screenwriter and novelist Emily Ballou was born in the United States and moved to Australia in 1991. She has worked with Gillian Armstrong adapting Helen Hodgman’s Waiting for Matindi for the screen and wrote the short film Mittens, which was Fox Searchlight’s 2004 contender for the Academy Awards. Her first novel Father Lands, set during the desegregation of the school system in the United States, was published by Picador in 2002. Her essays and reviews have been published in The Australian Magazine, Heat, Australian Book Review, The Australian Review and New Matilda.

Emily’s screen credits include Humans for Kudos, Scott & Bailey for Red Productions, The Slap for Matchbox, which won a slew of awards including 2012 AACTA Award: Best Telefeature, Miniseries or Short Run Series; the 2012 Silver Logie Award: Most Outstanding Drama Series, Mini Series or Telemovie; a 2012 BAFTA Nomination: International category; a 2012 AWGIE Award – Television Mini-Series (Adaptation); and a 2012 International Emmy Award Nomination – Drama Series.  

Emily is currently based in the UK.

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