Sue Smith is a multi-award winning screenwriter, playwright and script editor.
Sue’s recent screen credits include co-writer of feature film Saving Mr Banks, produced by Disney Pictures in 2013 and starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, ABC telemovie MABO (screened SFF in 2012 and winning an AWGIE and Queensland Literary Award), ABC miniseries Bastard Boys (won AFI Award for Best Screenplay in Television), feature film Peaches (nominated AWGIE Award) and SBS miniseries RAN, which Sue co-wrote with John Alsop and Alice Addison, receiving another AFI Award for Best Screenplay in Television. Other credits include telemovies Temptation and The Road From Coorain, and, in partnership with John Alsop, ABC series Bordertown, and miniseries The Leaving of Liverpool and Brides of Christ, both of which won AWGIE and AFI awards.
Sue’s first stage play Thrall, was produced by Tamarama Rock Surfers in 2006. Sue’s professional theatre debut, Strange Attractor, received a very successful premiere at the Griffin Theatre in 2009. Sue also wrote the libretto for Rembrandt’s Wife, which premiered at the Victorian Opera, and won the 2010 AWGIE award for Music Theatre. Her adaptation of Tolstoy’s The Kreutzer Sonata premiered at the State Theatre Company of South Australia to rave reviews.
Kryptonite was produced by State Theatre Company of South Australia and the Sydney Theatre Company in 2014 to rave reviews and was nominated for Best Play at the 2014 Sydney Theatre Awards. Her play, Machu Picchu, starred Lisa McCune in the 2016 program for the STC and STCSA, and in 2019 her new play Hydra was produced by QT and STCSA. Sue was the STC Patrick White Playwrights Fellow for 2018 and received the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Australian Writers’ Guild.
Sue Smith is represented in film and television by Jane Cameron and by Anthony Blair for stage. Please direct your enquiries via email or contact us on (02) 9319 7199