Tommy Murphy

Playwright and screenwriter
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Biography

Tommy is an award-winning playwright, television and film writer. 

Holding the Man, Tommy's incredibly successful adaptation for the stage, has been produced across the world and continues to be a huge hit in Australia. His feature film adaptation for Holding the Man, for which he was also Associate Producer, is the gala presentation at the 2016 BFI Flare Festival. It stars Anthony LaPaglia, Ryan Core, Guy Pearce and Kerry Fox and has already won the Australian Writers’ Guild Award and the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Screenplay. The play won multiple awards including the NSW Premier’s Literary Award, the Australian Writers’ Guild Award and the Philip Parsons Award. Tommy’s play Gwen in Purgatory won the WA Premier’s Award and the prestigious Richard Burton Prize. 

Tommy has written for the highly acclaimed Australian TV drama Devil's Playground (winner Logie Most Outstanding Miniseries or Telemovie and AACTA Best Telefeature or Mini Series) and is working on various original television projects. His new stage works include The Desirables for the state theatre company of Western Australia and a new play for Sydney’s Belvoir theatre. Murphy’s adaptation of Lorca’s Blood Wedding formed part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Other plays include Troy’s House and Strangers in Between (NSW Premier’s Literary Award Winner). He is a Creative Fellow at the University of Queensland.


CV

Theatre

Writer

Director Neil Armfield
 

Adaptation of the J.M. Barrie classic story. 

Belvoir Theatre, Sydney
 
Creator Federico Garcia Lorca
Starring
  • Donna Berlin
  • Jim Bywater
  • Alicia Davies
  • Ery Nzaramba
  •  
    New version of Frederico Garcia Lorca's play for the Made in Northampton series
    Royal and Derngate, Northampton
     
    Gwen in Purgatory
    Winner: Best Play, 2010 WA Premier's Literary Awards
    Producer Company B Belvoir
    Director Neil Armfield
    Starring
  • Nathaniel Dean
  • Grant Dodwell
  • Sue Ingleton
  • Melissa Jaffer
  •  
    Belvoir St Upstairs, Sydney
     
    Director David Berthold
    Starring
  • Socrates Otto
  • Leeanna Walsman
  • Matt Zeremes
  •  
    Matt and Zara are settled and happy until the planets move to change their stars
    Sydney Theatre Company
     
    Holding The Man
    Winner of 2007 NSW Premier's Literary Award for Best Play.
    Director David Berthold
    Starring
  • Jeanette Cronin
  • Guy Edmonds
  • Robin McLeavy
  • Brett Stiller
  •  
    Adaption of Timothy Conigrave's best-selling memoir
    Griffin Theatre Company/Encore Presentation/ Sydney Opera House/Studio Theatre/Company B Belvoir Street Presentation
     
    Strangers In Between
    Winner 2006 NSW Premier's Literary Award for Best Play. Nominated 2006 AWGIE for Best Play.
     
    Shane has lost his family and tries to recreate it amongst his friends and lovers
    Griffin Theatre Company
     
    Director Shoshana Gold
    Starring
  • Todd d'Amour
  • Erin Krakow
  • Stephen Pilkington
  •  

    Short play about two drug-addicts who go to live with a woman suffering from OCD

    The Production Company, New York/The Australia Project: Australia Strikes Back
     
    Director Robert Wickham
    Starring
  • Christopher Au
  • Nicholas Howe
  • Bogart Phillips
  • Emrys Quinn
  •  

    Theatre for young people first produced by Cranbrook School. Four teenage boys dare each other to jump off a cliff but one can't do it

    NIDA Playhouse, Sydney
     
    Director Tommy Murphy
    Starring
  • Matthew Balch
  • Felicity Barnes
  • Christina Craig
  • Emily Gregory-Roberts
  •  

    Play about growing up in Canberra

    Australian Theatre for Young People
     
     

    Contributing writer

    Australian Theatre for Young People/Sydney Opera House
     
     

    From the play by Christopher Marlowe

    Australian Theatre for Young People
     
     
    Winner STC Young Playwright's Award
    Canberra Youth Theatre
     

    TV

    Writer

    The Devil's Playground
    LOGIE Most Outstanding Miniseries or Telemovie, AACTA Best Telefeature or Mini Series
    Producer Blake Ayshford & Helen Bowden
     

    Psychological thriller set in the Catholic clergy in Sydney.

    Matchbox Pictures, Foxtel
     
    Offspring
    1 x 60'
    Starring
  • Richard Davies
  • Asher Keddie
  • Deborah Mailman
  • Eddie Perfect
  •  

    Television show following the life of an Australian obstetrician and her family

    Southern Star for Channel 10
     
    Spirited
    1 x 60'
    Producer Claudia Karvan & Jacquelin Perske
    Director Jonathan Brough
    Starring
  • Rodger Corser
  • Louise Fowler
  • Claudia Karvan
  •  

    Comedy about an Australian dentist who discovers the ghost of a British rock star living in her apartment

    Southern Star for Foxtel
     

    Film

    Writer & Associate Producer

    Holding the Man
    AWGIE for Best Adapted Screenplay, Screen Producers’ Association Award for Best Film
    Director Neil Armfield
    Starring
  • Guy Pearce
  • Ryan Corr
  • Craig Stott
  • Anthony LaPaglia
  • Kerry Fox
  • Sarah Snook
  •  
    Adaption of Timothy Conigrave's best-selling memoir 
    Goalpost Pictures
     

    Writer

     
    SeeSaw, Porchlight Pictures, Film4
    In Development
     

    Videos

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