David Stevens (screenwriter)

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David Stevens (born 1940 in Tiberias, Palestine (now Israel)[1]) is an Australian writer and director, best known for his work on The Sum of Us, A Town Like Alice, and Breaker Morant.[2][3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[1][6]

He currently lives in Tutukaka, New Zealand,[2] and is an active member of the aviation website Airliners.net.[7]

Select Credits[edit]

  • A Town Like Alice (1981) (mini-series)
  • The Clinic (1983)
  • A Thousand Skies (1985)


  1. ^ a b [1]
  2. ^ a b "A Night With Two Irreverent Beasts: David Stevens and Mark DeFriest". Old Mill Theatre. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  3. ^ Debi Enker, "Voyages of Discovery", Cinema Papers, March–April 1984 p11-15, 106
  4. ^ "‘In Conversation’ with David Stevens". ScreenWest. 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  5. ^ "World premiere: new play from The Sum of Us author – The Beast and The Beauty". Old Mill Theatre. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  6. ^ David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p38
  7. ^ http://www.airliners.net/profile/mariner