Andrew Bovell is STC’s new Patrick White Fellow

Playwright Andrew Bovell is Sydney Theatre Company’s new Patrick White Fellow, following on from writers including Tommy Murphy, Kate Mulvany, Angela Betzien, Hilary Bell, Patricia Cornelius and Raimondo Cortese.

The $25,000 fellowship goes to an established playwright each year in recognition of their body of work, and includes a commission from the company to be developed over the course of the year. The Fellow also collaborates extensively with other artists working at STC.

In a statement, Bovell said: “Where the novelist and the poet can exist alone and in isolation, the playwright seeks to work in collaboration with other theatre artists; actors, directors, designers and composers. Great theatre comes out of the relationship between these disciplines and it’s our theatre companies that bring these disciplines together. As a playwright I want to be as much a part of the companies that produce my work as possible. I want to belong. I want to collaborate. The Patrick White Fellowship offers me the opportunity to be a part of STC and its creative team under Kip Williams’ artistic directorship. As part of the Fellowship I look forward to mentoring and working with the STC’s newly announced Emerging Writers’ Group. It’s an important initiative and one that acknowledges the company’s commitment to developing the writers of the next generation.”

Kate Gaul directs Patrick White’s THE HAM FUNERAL

Kate Gaul directs Patrick White’s THE HAM FUNERAL in this latest production presented by Siren Theatre Co and Griffin Independent.

“Kate Gaul, one of Sydney’s most insightful, confident and versatile directors, is entirely up to the challenges presented by the play, and has created a production that sings with all the music and poeticism of White’s text.” – The Daily Review

“Gaul’s direction is vibrant, funny, punchy and brutal, with some serious undercurrents of pathos and loss.” – The Sydney Arts Guide

“This is a breathtaking production of a landmark play, riveting and humorous. Under Kate Gaul’s magnificent direction for Siren Theatre Company/Griffin Independent the strong cast give a terrific performance.” – ArtsHub


Darlene Johnson has been selected by Seven Productions to participate in the first of several ADG Shadow Directing opportunities for female directors breaking in to TV drama.

Darlene’s previous directing credits include the AACTA-nominated short film Bluey and TV documentaries The Redfern Story, River of No Return and Following the Rabbit-Proof Fence. In 2016 she completed a Director’s Attachment on Channel 7’s The Secret Daughter with director Geoff Bennett.

The Shadow Directing program was created by the ADG with funding from Screen Australia’s Gender Matters: Brilliant Careers initiative to get more women directing Australian TV drama series and serials over the next two years.

Kingston Anderson, CEO of the ADG said, “Serial drama in Australia has always been the place to discover new directors in television and we are very excited to co-partner with Seven Productions’ Home and Away on our first Shadow Directing attachment. We hope this will be the beginning of many new female directors working on this iconic Australian show”.

“We’ve always known Screen Australia could not go it alone in our push towards gender parity in the screen industry, particularly in the field of directing which remains our biggest hurdle. The support of the Australian Directors Guild and their partners, including Seven Productions, is vital in creating access to opportunities for female screen talent,” said Sally Caplan, Head of Production at Screen Australia.

“Just nine months since Gender Matters: Brilliant Careers funding was announced, it is inspiring to see ADG’s Shadow Director program already generating high-profile work placements for talented female directors like Darlene Johnson.”

Selected participating director Darlene Johnson said, “As a Koori woman I am thrilled to be the first participant of the Shadow Directing Scheme. It’s such a fantastic opportunity to be attached to one of Australia’s most iconic serial drama’s and to be exposed to such a diversity of talent, technique and approaches to the task of directing”.

“Seven Network is thrilled to partner with the ADG’s Shadow Directing program to support the career, talent and growth of Australian female directors. Darlene Johnson is an accomplished director whose body of work made her an obvious choice to join the Home and Away team as Shadow Director,’’ said Home and Away series producer Lucy Addario.

Other Shadow Directing opportunities with participating production companies will be announced at various stages throughout the next year.

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HLA clients in this year’s Sydney Film Festival program!

Look out for all of the talented HLA clients in this year’s Sydney Film Festival program!

Directed by Kriv Stenders

Directed by Kriv Stenders

Written & Directed by Scott Pickett

Written & Directed by Alice Englert

Production Design by Paul Heath

CLEVERMAN SEASON 2: Episodes 1 & 2
Directed by Wayne Blair
Written by Jada Alberts
Production Design by Jake Nash

Written & Directed by Anya Beyesdorf

See the full program here