Tony McNamara (writer)

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Tony McNamara
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
Years active1993–present
Known forThe Favourite

Tony McNamara (born 1967) is an Australian writer for film and television, most notable for his work on medical drama Doctor Doctor and for being the screenwriter of The Favourite.[1]

Early life[edit]

McNamara was born in Kilmore and was educated at Assumption College. Following careers in catering and finance, McNamara settled on a career as a writer following a visit to Rome.[2] His education consisted of studying writing at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and screenwriting at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.[3]


After writing various television episodes and stage plays,[4] McNamara made his film debut in 2003 directing The Rage in Placid Lake, adapted from his stage play The Café Latte Kid.[5]

Following this, McNamara wrote for various television programmes in Australia, most notably The Secret Life of Us, Love My Way, Tangle and Puberty Blues.[3] In 2015, McNamara directed his second feature film, comedy-drama Ashby starring Mickey Rourke, Sarah Silverman and Emma Roberts.[6]

A year later, McNamara returned to television as creator of medical drama Doctor Doctor.[7]

In 2018, McNamara received critical acclaim for his work in co-writing the historical period comedy-drama film The Favourite.[8]


Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1995 Australian Film Institute Best Screenplay in a Short Film The Beat Manifesto Won
2003 Australian Comedy Awards Outstanding Comic Screenplay The Rage in Placid Lake Nominated
Australian Film Institute Best Adapted Screenplay Won
AWGIE Awards Major AWGIE Award Won
Best Screenplay Adaptation Won
Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated
Melbourne International Film Festival Most Popular Feature Film Won
2007 AWGIE Awards Best Writing for a Television Series Love My Way Won
Australian Film Institute Best Screenplay in Television Nominated
2013 AACTA Awards Best Screenplay in Television Puberty Blues Nominated
2014 AWGIE Awards Best Writing for a Television Series Nominated
2015 AWGIE Awards Best Screenplay Original Ashby Nominated
2018 Atlanta Film Critics Circle Best Screenplay The Favourite Won
British Independent Film Awards Best Screenplay Won
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Original Screenplay Won
Indiana Film Journalists Association Best Original Screenplay Pending
Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Best Original Screenplay Pending
Detroit Film Critics Society Best Original Screenplay Nominated
Gotham Independent Film Awards Best Screenplay Nominated


  1. ^ Wilkinson, Alissa (21 November 2018). "The Favourite director Yorgos Lanthimos on why his films aren't as mean as people say". Vox. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Tony McNamara: author of Offspring". 27 September 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Tony McNamara -". Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Playwright takes stock". 9 July 2002. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  5. ^ "The Rage in Placid Lake". 28 August 2003. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Comedy-drama film "Ashby" by Tony McNamara". 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  7. ^ Bizzaca, Caris (7 September 2016). "CLAUDIA KARVAN ON DOCTOR DOCTOR AND PRODUCING". Screen Australia. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Playing favourites - Yorgos Lanthimos, Emma Stone, Olivia Colman, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn and Tony McNamara on The Favourite". 30 September 2018. Retrieved 2 December 2018.

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