The Cameron Creswell Agency would like to congratulate our wonderful client Professor Mohamed Khadra who has been made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List for ‘distinguished service to medicine in the field of urology as a surgeon, clinician and mentor, to rural and remote medical education, and to literature as an author and playwright’. His books include Making the Cut: A Surgeon’s Stories of Life on the Edge; Honour, Duty and Courage; Terminal Decline and The Patient (all published by Penguin Random House). He is currently working on his next book.
Congratulations to Abe Forsythe for taking home the Betty Rowland prize for scriptwriting at last night’s NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Abe’s Down Under script shares the win with Shelley Birse’s The Code episode 4 series 2 script.
Down Under is a brave and urgent piece of work about the struggle to meet expectations placed on men in contemporary Australia. Forsythe manages to skewer both of the opposing groups, while exposing how they are held back by an identical failure: seeing the world through an over-simplified binary lens. This powerful cautionary tale speaks about the dangers of misogyny and racism. Both timely and timeless, Down Under is a triumphant exploration of the forces that informed the infamous Cronulla riots.
For the complete list of winners, click here.
Congratulations to Robyn Butler for taking out the Esben Storm Award for Best Direction in Children’s TV for Little Lunch Special: The Nightmare Before Graduation. Little Lunch Special also won the 2017 Logie Award for Most Outstanding Children’s Program. Mrs Gonsha’s class is graduating from Grade 6 and everyone is excited about going to High School, but when they uncover the explosive news that Rory is unable to graduate with them, no one is eager to leave school any more. The Little Lunch Special episode is available to watch on ABC iView at this link http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/little-lunch/CH1526V002S00
We are also pleased to announce that Emma Freeman won the award for Best Direction in a TV Drama Series for Secret City, The Watchers (Series 1, Episode 2). The episode looks at the character Harriet, the one person Harriet has questioned in pursuit of her story is dead, another is missing. The conspiracy may be hidden deep, but it involves those who are powerful, ruthless and with a great deal at stake. Secret City is broadcasted on FOXTEL’s Showcase Channel and Anna Torv who plays Harriet Dunkley won this years Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actress Award for her performance in Secret City.
To view the full list of winners click here.
Last week we farewelled literary agent extraordinaire Rose Creswell at her funeral in Sydney.
The editors of the Newtown Review of Books have written of their fond recollections of this extraordinary woman in the article below.
Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses opened at Red Stitch Actor’s Theatre last week and has been garnering a positive critical response.
Directed by Cameron’s own Julian Meyrick, the show a dazzling play of great wit and insight that explores the way in which we grapple with morality and deal with the immense mystery of life.
The Realistic Joneses is on until May 28, for more information and how to book, click here.
“Meyrick’s assured direction…balances comedy with poignancy.” – Herald Sun
“Director Julian Meyrick understands Eno’s idiosyncratic writing and gets terrific performances from his actors.” – Stage Noise
“Wholly marvelous and funny… The care with which the performance is crafted, the vision and jocularity in matters so grave, blend to make this a truly dazzling production.” – The Australia Times
It is with deep sadness we announce the death, on Tuesday 19 April 2017, of Rose Creswell, former partner of this agency and literary agent extraordinaire.
Rose will be sadly missed by her husband, Roger Milliss; all of her colleagues, past and present, at The Cameron Creswell Agency; the many authors she expertly and passionately represented; and by the many people in the publishing industry who respected her professionalism, generosity and wit so greatly.
Her influence and skills as an agent remain a benchmark for those who have followed in her footsteps.
The celebration of Rose’s life will take place on Friday 28 April, 12.15pm at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium (199 Delhi Rd, North Ryde), followed by a gathering at the Lord Wolseley Hotel, 265 Bulwara Rd, Pyrmont.
Cameron’s own, Marieke Hardy, has written on ABC’s six-part drama, Seven Types of Ambiguity, which premieres tonight.
The show, based on the critically acclaimed book by Elliot Perlman, is a gripping psychological mystery told from the shifting perspective of six characters following a complicated chain of events triggered when a child is taken and relationships are thrown into crisis.
Marieke’s episode 3 screens on ABC and iview on April 27.
Kate’s latest comedy, The Rasputin Affair, opened last week at the Ensemble Theatre to rave reviews.
Late evening. The Moika Palace. Petrograd. 29th December, 1916. A group of like-minded individuals gather with a pink poisoned cupcake and a shared aim: to rid the world of one of history’s most despised characters – the mad monk Rasputin. There’s just one problem: Rasputin claims to be a messenger of God.
“Gorgeously written…tremendously funny and intelligent comedy” – Ben Neutze, The Daily Review
“…another theatrical coup for Kate Mulvany” – Carol Wimmer, Stage Whispers
“Smart, funny and a fast paced farce.” – Angus McPherson, Limelight
“…a hilarious, larger than life romp.” – Bronwyn Fullerton, Sydney Arts Guide
The Rasputin Affair is on at the Ensemble Theatre until April 30. For more information and how to book, click here.
Verity Laughton’s latest semi-verbatim audio-theatre production, Long Tan, has received terrific reviews after its brief season at STCSA’s Space Theatre.
On a hot, rain-sodden afternoon in 1966, in the glutinous mud of a rubber plantation in Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam, 105 Australian and three New Zealand soldiers clashed with approximately 2,500 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army troops. In the ensuing battle, 18 Australians died (17 were killed in action and one died of wounds 9 days later) and more than 245 communist Vietnamese.
Long Tan brings together a cast of 12 actors in a unique production that parachutes audiences into the soldiers’ experience – gunfire, mortar fire, pounding rain, insect clouds, screams and sudden silence – all orchestrated with sonic intensity to capture the pandemonium and entrapment under fire.
“…a fine play about a tragic event and this exceptional production deserves a life far beyond this short season.” – Murray Bramwell, The Australian
“…a profound and often moving experience.” – Peter Burdon, The Advertiser
“…a moving and personal window into a dark corner of our country’s history.” – Jo Vabolis, Indaily