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Tommy Murphy Tommy Murphy i(A76304 works by) (a.k.a. Thomas Murphy; Tom Murphy)
Born: Established: 1979 Queanbeyan, Queanbeyan area, Canberra region (NSW), Southeastern NSW, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Male
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One of eight children in an Irish Catholic family, Murphy says that he grew up 'in an arena of constant performance and mimicry' (Murphy's cv, 2005). At the age of sixteen he booked a local hall in Queanbeyan and put on a staged reading of his first play, For God, Queen and Country, which dealt with homosexuality in a small rural town. It was afterwards performed by Canberra Youth Theatre and won awards including the Sydney Theatre Company's Young Playwrights' (ICI) Award.

Tommy Murphy was named Singapore Airlines Young Shakespearian of the Year in 1997. In the same year he was chosen to represent Australia at the 1998 United Nations International Youth Conference in The Hague in July and won the Sydney Theatre Company award for young playwrights.

He attended Sydney University and became President of the Sydney University Dramatic Society, where he directed a variety of works including The Operating Theatre Festival three years running and three 24 hour non-stop plays involving up to 200 actors each time. He graduated from the NIDA Directing course in 2004, and as well as continuing to write plays, he has also directed his own work and that of other dramaturgs. He has adapted works by Marlowe and Shakespeare for the Australian Theatre for Young People, and in 2004-2005 he was one of five Emerging Writers in Residence at the Griffin Theatre Company. Murphy's Strangers In Between was the result of this residency and was included on Griffin's 2005 programme. At this time he also wrote the stage adaptation of Timothy Conigrave's autobiography Holding the Man, for which he later wrote the sceenplay for the film adaptation produced in 2015. Holding the Man has been produced annually around Australia and internationally.

Murphy has had a stellar career with numerous awards, writer-in-residences, and successful productions by leading theatre companies in Australia and internationally. His stage and screen plays have been published by Currency Press.

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Awards for Works

form y separately published work icon Holding the Man ( dir. Neil Armfield ) Australia : Goalpost Pictures , 2015 7793845 2015 single work film/TV

'In the 1970s, a young Australian boy, Timothy, finds himself confused. He falls for the captain of the football team. What follows shows all aspects of a relationship, regardless of gender or sexual preference. Conflict, temptation, and a huge burden which will affect every aspect of their lives.' (Production summary: IMDB)

2015 shortlisted Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Adapted Screenplay
2015 shortlisted Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Film
2015 joint winner AWGIE Awards Film Award Adaptation With Ruben Guthrie.
form y separately published work icon Devil's Playground ( dir. Rachel Ward et. al. )agent Australia : Matchbox Pictures , 2014 Z1912252 2014 series - publisher film/TV '1988. Thirty-five years after Fred Schepisi's film The Devil's Playground, Tom Allen, now a psychiatrist, becomes a secular confessor to the Catholic clergy, and is soon embroiled in political and theological intrigue.' (Source: Screen Australia)
2014 winner Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Telefeature or Mini Series
2014 shortlisted AWGIE Awards Television Mini-Series - Original
form y separately published work icon Offspring ( dir. Shirley Barrett et. al. )agent 2010 Australia : Southern Star John Edwards , 2010- Z1733890 2010 series - publisher film/TV

'Born out of the telemovie of the same name, Offspring is a contemporary drama series about Nina Proudman, a thirtysomething obstetrician and her fabulously messy family. Following the Proudman family's adventures searching for love, fulfillment and balance in the chaos of modern life, Offspring is about the life forces that drive us all: love, sex, babies, food and music. Stylistically fresh and visually exciting, Offspring mixes conventional narrative drama with flashbacks, graphic animation and fantasy sequences, showcasing the vibrant world of Fitzroy, Melbourne, where Nina and the extended Proudman family go about their unpredictable daily lives.'

Source: Australian Television Information Archive.

2014 nominated Logie Awards Most Outstanding Drama Series
2013 nominated Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
2013 nominated Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Television Drama Series Nominated for Season Four
2012 nominated Logie Awards Most Outstanding Drama Series
2012 nominated Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
2011 nominated Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Television Drama Series For Season Two.
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