David Stevens (screenwriter)
Stevens co-wrote Breaker Morant, earning an Oscar nomination. He wrote the play The Sum of Us, which ran in New York for a year and won the Outer Critics Circle Award. He adapted it into a feature film, featuring Russell Crowe and Jack Thompson, which won an Australian Film Institute Award for Best Screenplay.
The Sum of Us is the third play in Stevens' "A Currency Trilogy". The first play is The Inn at the Beginning of the World. The second is The Beast and the Beauty, which had its world premiere at the Old Mill Theatre, South Perth, on 22 June 2012.
A 'Theatre Australia' review highlighted the merits of The Beast and The Beauty: "The acting was outstanding, not a weak link to be seen. The pace perfect, the atmosphere wonderful and terrific teamwork – the reason for such quality, is powerful and focussed direction of a clever script. You are hesitating because you are expecting a heavy-going piece? Forget it, this was truly hilarious, with some great lines."
Stevens directed the Emmy Award-winning mini-series A Town Like Alice and wrote three novels – The Waters of Babylon, and (with Alex Haley) Queen and Mama Flora's Family, which he then adapted into TV mini-series.
- A Town Like Alice (1981) (mini-series)
- The Clinic (1983)
- A Thousand Skies (1985)
- "A Night With Two Irreverent Beasts: David Stevens and Mark DeFriest". Old Mill Theatre. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
- Debi Enker, "Voyages of Discovery", Cinema Papers, March–April 1984 p11-15, 106
- "‘In Conversation’ with David Stevens". ScreenWest. 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
- "World premiere: new play from The Sum of Us author – The Beast and The Beauty". Old Mill Theatre. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
- "The Beast and the Beauty | theatre australia". Theatre.asn.au. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
- David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p38
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