Leah Purcell (born 14 August 1970, Murgon, Queensland ) is an [1 ] Indigenous Australian actor, director and writer, she is a Helpmann Award winner.
Biography [ edit ]
She is a film, television and theatre actress, singer, director and playwright. She is the youngest of seven children of
Aboriginal and white Australian descent. Her father was a butcher and a boxing trainer... [2 ] After a difficult adolescence, looking after her sick mother who died while Leah was in her late teens, problems with alcohol and teenage motherhood, Purcell left Murgon and moved to [3 ] Brisbane and became involved with community theatre. [2 ]
In 1996 she moved to Sydney to become presenter on a music video cable television station,
RED Music Channel. This was followed by roles in the [4 ] ABC television series and Police Rescue . Fallen Angels [5 ] She co-wrote and acted in a play called [6 ] , which played at Sydney's Box the Pony Belvoir Street Theatre, the Sydney Opera House, the 1999 Edinburgh Festival and in 2000 at the Barbican Theatre in London. She then wrote and directed the documentary [7 ] , which won a 2002 Black Chicks Talking Inside Film award. She appeared in the acclaimed Australian film [8 ] starring Lantana Anthony LaPaglia and Geoffrey Rush and in the theatre in . The Vagina Monologues She went on to feature in 2004 films [9 ] , Somersault (starring The Proposition Guy Pearce and Emily Watson and written by Nick Cave) and (starring Jindabyne Gabriel Byrne) as well as playing the role of Condoleezza Rice in David Hare's play, in Sydney and Melbourne. Stuff Happens [10 ]
Filmography [ edit ]
Black Chicks Talking Director
Aunty Maggie and the Womba Wakgun Director
My Place Writer
Episode: "2008 Laura"
She Say Director / Writer
Redfern Now Director
Episode: "Sweet Spot"
References [ edit ]
^ Hall, Louise (13 August 2006), "My top 5 – Leah Purcell", The Sydney Morning Herald , retrieved 20 January 2010
^ a b Verghis, Sharon (17 August 2005), "Direct line to Washington", The Age , retrieved 20 January 2010
^ Grasswill, Helen (17 June 2002). "Queen Leah". . Australian Story Australian Broadcasting Corporation . Retrieved 21 January 2010.
^ "Artistic Director Bio: Leah Purcell". ACPA . Retrieved 21 January 2010.
^ Keenan, Catherine (27 August 2002), "Blood sisters", The Sydney Morning Herald , retrieved 21 January 2010
^ "Upstaging". . Message Stick Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 5 March 2004 . Retrieved 21 January 2010.
^ "Leah Purcell: profile". Claxton Speakers . Retrieved 21 January 2010.
^ "IF Award Winners". Inside Film Awards . Retrieved 21 January 2010.
^ Keenan, Catherine (21 February 2003), "Monologues shift focus to the body beautiful — and battered", The Sydney Morning Herald , retrieved 21 January 2010
^ Verghis, Sharon (9 July 2005), "Channelling Condoleezza", The Sydney Morning Herald , retrieved 21 January 2010
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