Leah Purcell

Leah Purcell is a multi-award-winning and self-made author, playwright, actor, director, filmmaker, producer, screenwriter and showrunner. At the heart of her work are female and First Nations themes, characters and issues. The Drover’s Wife was first a play before being written by and starring Leah, which premiered at Belvoir in late 2016 and has swept the board during the 2017 awards season, winning both the Victorian and New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards for Best Play, Best Book and Prize for Literature; The Australian Writer’s Guild Award for Best Play, Major Work and the David Williamson Prize for Excellence in Writing for Australian Theatre; The Helpmann Awards for Best Play and Best New Australian Work; and the Sydney UNESCO City of Film Award. The novel The Drover's Wife was published in late 2019, and the feature film adaptation written, directed and starring Leah was released in 2020. She is a proud Goa, Gunggari, Wakka Wakka Murri woman from Queensland.