Leigh Sales is an award-winning journalist and author. She is the anchor of the ABC’s 7.30 program. In 2015, she also presented Played: Inside Australia’s Failed World Cup Bid on ABC.
Prior to joining 7.30 in 2011, Leigh presented Lateline three nights a week. From 2006 to 2008, she was the ABC’s National Security Correspondent and from 2001 to 2005, the ABC’s Washington Correspondent, covering major stories including the aftermath of September 11, the Iraq war, the 2004 Presidential election and Hurricane Katrina.
In 2005, Leigh won a Walkley Award, Australia’s highest journalism honour, for her coverage of Guantanamo Bay and the case of David Hicks. Her subsequent book, Detainee 002, was shortlisted for the 2008 Victorian Premier’s Literary Prize and won the 2007 George Munster award for independent journalism.
Leigh worked for the Nine Network before joining the ABC and her writing has appeared in The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Monthly, The Spectator and The Australian Literary Review.
Benjamin Law is a journalist, Good Weekend columnist, screenwriter and author of The Family Law (2010), Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012), and co-wrote Shit Asian Mothers Say (2014) with his sister Michelle and illustrator Oslo Davis. Both his books have been nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards, and The Family Law is now an SBS TV series. benjamin-law.com / @mrbenjaminlaw
Bruce Beresford has directed over 30 feature films.
Probably his best known film is “Driving Miss Daisy “ (written by Alfred Uhry) which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1989. He was nominated for an Academy award for the script of “Breaker Morant” (1979), & direction of “Tender Mercies”(1981), “Black Robe”(1992) won the Canadian academy award. Other films include “Crimes of the Heart” (1995), “The Fringe Dwellers” (1996),“Double Jeopardy”(1999), “Evelyn” ( 2002), “Paradise Road” (2001),“Mao’s Last Dancer” (2009) , “Bonnie and Clyde” (2013). Recent films are “Henry Joseph Church” (2015) with Eddie Murphy and part 4 of a TV series “Roots” (2015).
Bruce wrote the screenplays for “Money Movers” (1977, adapted from the novel by Devon Minchin), “Breaker Morant”(1979),“The Fringe Dwellers – (1986 – adapted from the novel by Nene Gare) and “Paradise Road” (1995).
He has directed operas in Italy, USA and Australia. For Opera Australia he directed Andre Previn’s “A Streetcar Named Desire” (2007) & Carlisle Floyd’s “Of Mice and Men” in 2011. In 1982 he directed the Australian premiere of Richard Strauss’s “Elektra” (premiered in Europe in 1911!). In 2012 he directed, at the Sydney Opera House, the Australian premiere of Erich Korngold’s “Die Tote Stadt” (“The Dead City”). He has also directed “Rigoletto” for LA opera, “The Crucible” for Washington Opera, “Cold Sassy Tree” for Houston Grand Opera, “Sweeney Todd” for Portland Opera, “Girl of the Golden West” for Spoleto.
In 2012 “Of Mice and Men’ won the Green Room award for Best Opera production and Best direction.
He has written an entertaining and indiscreet book about his film experiences – “Josh Hartnett Definitely Wants to do This”. Published by Harper Collins. “ There’s a Fax from Bruce”, written with the producer Sue Milliken, will be published early in 2016.
Investigative journalist Kate McClymont must be the best-known journalist in NSW, and probably has the most intriguing muses of any writer around. She is certainly the most-awarded Australian journalist. As a crime reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald, Kate spends her time mixing with and writing about some of the shadiest characters in the story of Sydney. Once derided by Paul Keating for spending her time “chasing subterranean odours”, Kate’s sense of smell has led her to unearth some of the underworld’s most fascinating tales of betrayal, corruption and crime. Her phone’s been tapped, she’s had police security, and received death threats in the aftermath of her Gold Walkley-winning expose of the Bulldogs salary cap scandal.
Frank Moorhouse was born in the coastal town of Nowra, NSW. He worked as an editor of small-town newspapers and as an administrator and in the 1970s became a full-time writer. He has written fiction, non fiction, screenplays and essays and edited many collections of writing. Forty Seventeen was given a laudatory full-page review by Angela Carter in the New York Times and was named Book of the Year by the Age and ‘moral winner’ of the Booker Prize by the London magazine Blitz. Grand Days, the first novel in The Edith Trilogy, won the SA Premier’s Award for Fiction. Dark Palace won the Miles Franklin Literary Award and was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and the Age Book of the Year Award. Frank has undertaken numerous fellowships and his work has been translated into several languages. He was made a member of the Order of Australia for services to literature in 1985 and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Griffith University in 1997.
Annabel Crabb is a writer and broadcaster with the ABC. She is a regular guest on ABC News 24’s 6pm current affairs show The Drum, and on ABC TV’s Sunday morning politics programme Insiders. Annabel also hosts her own ABC political cooking show, Kitchen Cabinet, in which she invites herself around to the homes of federal MPs in search of food and conversation.
She received two Logie nominations in 2013 including the Graham Kennedy Award For Most Outstanding New Talent and Most Popular New Female Talent for her work on the show. At this year’s Walkley awards Annabel was nominated for The Drum, Fairfax Sundays and The Monthly, “A Crying Shame”, “The Tradies v The Ladies” and “Men Will Sleep Easier if there’s a 50/50 Quota”. She writes a weekly column for the Sun Herald, Sunday Times (Canberra) and Sunday Age.
She won a Walkley Award in 2009 for her Quarterly Essay ‘Stop At Nothing: The Life And Adventures of Malcolm Turnbull’, and has published two political books, ‘Losing It’ and ‘Rise Of The Ruddbot’.
In 2014, Annabel released a new book, The Wife Drought – a humorous yet thought provoking take on work-life balance for men and women. It has become a best-seller and was short-listed for the Australian Book Industry Association’s non-fiction award. In 2015, she published a cookbook, Special Delivery, co-authored with childhood friend Wendy Sharpe. In late 2014, Annabel teamed up with friend and fellow ABC journalist Leigh Sales to launch an independent podcast, Chat 10 Looks 3, complete with A Chorus Line-inspired theme song they have written and sung themselves.
In 2011, Annabel travelled to the United States as Australia’s Eisenhower Fellow to study developments in digital media and politics.
Annabel started out as a cadet journalist at Adelaide’s The Advertiser in 1997, and worked her way through local government and state political rounds before heading to Canberra in 1999. She has since worked as a political correspondent and sketch writer for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and served for a time as London correspondent for Fairfax’s Sunday titles. She has moonlighted as the host of various ABC radio shows, 7.30 and even Q&A, mostly when the regular hosts are sick, pregnant, or tied up by Annabel in an ABC utilities cupboard. Annabel is very active as @annabelcrabb on Twitter; a platform she uses to talk about politics, find new friends and locate exotic ingredients. She has more than 200,000 followers, and is Twitter’s most-followed Australian journalist.
Kate Mulvany is a leading Australian actress, playwright and screenwriter.
As a writer, Kate has written and produced over 25 plays and screenplays, including the critically acclaimed and award-winning autobiographical piece ‘The Seed’.
After two sell-out seasons at Company B Belvoir, ‘The Seed’ went on to tour Australia and is currently in feature film development.
Kate also co-wrote the musical ‘Somewhere’ with comedian Tim Minchin and adapted ‘Julius Caesar’ and ‘Macbeth’ for Bell Shakespeare. Her recent retelling of ‘Medea’ won five Sydney Critics Awards and an AWGIE award after a highly-acclaimed Belvoir season, and has recently completed a sell-out season at London’s Gate Theatre. Her adaptation of the best-selling children’s book ‘Masquerade’ also had successful seasons for the Sydney and Melbourne International Arts Festivals in 2015. For the Anzac Day Centenary Commorations, Kate wrote the libretto for the oratorio ‘Towards First Light’ with composer Iain Grandage for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. She is also a television screenwriter and has worked with several Australian production houses including Southern Star, Beyond and Matchbox.
Kate is also an award-winning actor. She has performed for every major theatre company across Australia under such luminaries as Cate Blanchett (STC), John Bell (Bell Shakespeare) and Neil Armfield (Belvoir). Her major roles include Antigone, Lady Macbeth, Cassius in ‘Julius Caesar’, Shelley in ‘Buried Child’, Catherine in ‘Proof’, Dottie in ‘Killer Joe’, and Dorine in Bell Shakespeare’s recent ‘Tartuffe’. She recently played Mrs Bucktin in the Belvoir production of Jasper Jones.
On television, Kate has appeared in some of Australia’s most successful television series, including dramatic roles on ‘My Place’, ‘The Underbelly Files: ‘The Man Who Got Away’, ‘Winter’, ‘Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries’ and the upcoming ‘Secret City’.
Kate is also recognised for her vast array of comic roles in ‘The Chaser’s War on Everything’, ‘Chandon Pictures’’ and ‘The Hamster Wheel’. The esteemed Australian documentary series ‘Australian Story’ recently devoted an episode to Kate’s life and her work as an ambassador for two charities in South-East Asia – MiVAC and Agent Orange Justice.
On film, Kate appears in the successful Australian feature films ‘The Final Winter’, ’Griff the Invisible’ and ‘The Little Death’. Kate also stars in ‘The Turning’, based on the best-selling novel by Tim Winton, as well as in Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’, playing Mrs McKee.
Richard Glover‘s weekly humour column has been published in The Sydney Morning Herald for more than 20 years. He also presents the top-rating Drive show on ABC radio in Sydney.
His most recent book is Flesh Wounds – other published works include a George Clooney’s Haircut – and Other Cries for Help, Desperate Husbandsand In bed with Jocasta. Richard has written a few stage shows, including Lonestar and A Christmas Story, which was performed at the Sydney Opera House. Richard lives with the Australian writer Debra Oswald,
Born and raised in Adelaide, David was drawn to the performing arts -initially as an actor. He was performing at the STC and Sydney Opera House by the age of 22, and in 1997 starred in a major revival of Les Miserables in Sydney. Shortly after this, David moved to New York, where his downtown cabaret show attracted major crowds. Due to what Time Out New York described as “the biggest buzz since Barbra Streisand”, David moved his show to the iconic cabaret room Rainbow & Stars, becoming the youngest performer ever to headline the venue.
In 2001, at the height of his New York success, David was tempted back to Australia by the role of a lifetime – ‘the wild one’ Johnny O’Keefe, in the musical phenomenon Shout! He toured Australia in the show for over a year, and became a household name as a result. David went on to star in Australian productions of classic musicals like Carousel and Company, new works at the MTC and STC, and even in Pirates of Penzance for Opera Australia. Along the way, he picked up a Helpmann Award for Best Actor, for his 2005 role in Sunset Boulevard.
LISA CAMPBELL is a producer of theatre and children. She started her company, Luckiest Productions in 2007, with her husband, David. Luckiest Productions have produced a number of live music tours, documentaries, cabaret, and live DVDs. Luckiest Productions have been fortunate to win numerous Helpmann Awards, Sydney Theatre Awards and an ARIA. She is a founding member and Board Member of Hayes Theatre Co. At the Hayes, she has produced Miracle City, Sweet Charity and Little Shop of Horrors, which will be touring nationally throughout 2016.
Lisa and David have three children, a five year old son named Leo and one year old twins, Billy and Betty.