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Stephen Abbott

Stephen Abbott

Film/Television Writer

Steve was a founding member of THE CASTANET CLUB, a ten piece comedy troupe that burst onto the scene at the Adelaide Festival in 1984 where they won the coveted Best of the Fringe. Touring for six years in 1990 the Castanets made the feature film THE CASTANET CLUB, directed by Neil Armfield. Steve appeared from 1993 to 2000 on JJJ with his cult comic creation THE SANDMAN, leading to regular appearances on GOOD NEWS WEEK and THE FAT – as well as three comedy specials for Channel 10 – and hosting his own comedy variety series for SBS TV. In 2004 SBS screened SANDMAN IN SIBERIA, a documentary Steve co-produced, wrote and appeared in.

In 2007 Steve teamed up with his Castanet buddy Warren Coleman to write a feature screenplay based on Linda Jaivin’s novel THE INFERNAL OPTIMIST, which won the Lorne Film 2015 Screenwriter’s Award, and was runner-up in the 2015 AWG/Adelaide Film Festival’s INSITE awards.

For television, Steve has written for DROP DEAD WEIRD and RANDOM & WHACKY, both produced by Ambience Entertainment and is in development with them on the TV series THE EX NEXT DOOR, created by Steve and Warren, and their feature film DEAR EVELYN. Warren and Steve continue to development film and TV projects as a writing partnership.

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