Steve collaborates extensively with HLA client Warren Coleman on many of his writing projects. Warren and Steve met and first worked together in the early eighties in the New South Wales regional city of Newcastle. They worked together in the comedy big band THE CASTANET CLUB for almost ten years, writing and performing and directing each other.
With the Castanet Club they toured all over Australia, and to Edinburgh in Scotland, before they both eventually appeared in THE CASTANET CLUB…A MOVIE YOU CAN DANCE TO, a feature film showcasing the band’s comedy directed by Neil Armfield.
In the early nineties they both sought fresh challenges. Warren carved out a career as a writer and director in the theatre, co-writing and co-directing the play BUZZ at Belvoir St, one of Sydney’s most celebrated theatre companies. He went on to tour-direct the Australian productions of Jill Soloway’s THE REAL LIVE BRADY BUNCH and, with Michael Grief, RENT in Sydney and Melbourne. He was dramaturg on Gale Edwards’ production of NIXON IN CHINA for the State Opera of South Australia, and directed THE VENETIAN TWINS and THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP for the State Theatre of South Australia. He began a long association with Kennedy Miller Mitchell, for whom he co-wrote and co-directed the Academy Award-winning animated feature HAPPY FEET and co-wrote HAPPY FEET TWO for director George Miller.
Steve appeared regularly from 1993 to 2000 on Australian national youth radio with his cult comic creation The Sandman, as a breakfast host and performer. He also found time to write several plays (including THE HEADBUTT, which he co-directed with Neil Armfield for Belvoir St), seven books, four comedy CDs, several radio comedy series as well as hosting two of his own comedy variety television series for SBS TV. In 2004 SBS screened SANDMAN IN SIBERIA, a documentary Steve co-produced, wrote and appeared in. Since then Steve has continued in live performance and on television as a stand-up comedian, and as a writer for quality Australian television drama producers Southern Star on a variety of relationship-based dramas.
In 2007 Warren and Steve regrouped to write a feature screenplay based on Linda Jaivin’s comic character novel THE INFERNAL OPTIMIST, which received support from both Screen NSW and Screen Australia. Their writing partnership, based on long mutual respect for each others’ work, began to generate more ideas. Soon they had a television series in development for one of Australia’s most successful TV producers, John Edwards, and the Nine Network. The experience firmed Warren and Steve’s belief that their partnership was fruitful, and might multiply.
They have several feature screenplays now underway, as well as television series, and continue to write and develop new work both together and individually.