Fifty plays and still going strong
Saturday 11 June
9.00 – 9.45am
Q & A Bellingen Style
Saturday 11 June
5.00 – 6.45pm
Stagefright, screenfright: When your words refuse to perform
Sunday 12 June
11.15 – 12.15pm
DAVID WILLIAMSON is widely recognised as Australia’s most successful and prolific playwright. For more than forty years his plays have been performed nationally and internationally. His first full-length play was The Coming of Stork in 1970, which later became the film Stork, directed by Tim Burstall.
Don’s Party and The Removalists followed in 1971, with The Removalists winning the AWGIE award for best stage play and co-winner of the coveted George Devine Award, the first time it had been given to a non-UK writer. Between 1972 and 1979 came Jugglers Three, What If You Died Tomorrow?, The Department, A Handful of Friends, The Club and Travelling North.
The 1980s saw his success continue with Celluloid Heroes, The Perfectionist, Sons of Cain, Emerald City and Top Silk. The 1990s produced Siren, Money and Friends, Brilliant Lies, Sanctuary, Dead White Males, Heretic, Third World Blues (an adaptation of Jugglers Three), After the Ball, Corporate Vibes and Face to Face.
With the turn of the new century David wrote The Great Man in 2000 followed by Up for Grabs, A Conversation, Charitable Intent, Soulmates, Birthrights, Amigos, Operator, Influence, Scarlett O’Hara at the Crimson Parrot, Let the Sunshine, Rhinestone Rex and Miss Monica, Don Parties On, At Any Cost (co- written with Mohamed Kahdra in 2011), Nothing Personal, When Dad Married Fury, Managing Carmen, and Happiness, and Rupert which played Melbourne and Sydney and the Kennedy Centre in Washington, Dream Home and Jack of Hearts which premiered at the Ensemble theatre in early 2016.
David has written the scripts for fourteen films including Gallipoli, The Year of Living Dangerously, Balibo, Phar Lap, Don’s Party, Travelling North, The Club and Eliza Fraser.
He has won the AFI film script award five times, won twelve AWGIE awards, won the Australian AFI award for best miniseries, been nominated for the Golden Globe awards in the US and the screenplay for the telemovie A Dangerous Life made the critics’ top ten list of the year in both New York and Los Angeles.