Andrew Bovell
Born23 November 1962

Andrew Bovell (born 23 November 1962) is an Australian writer for theatre, film and television.[1]


Bovell was born on 23 November 1962 in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia and completed his secondary school education in Perth. He graduated from the University of Western Australia with a BA and followed that with a Diploma in Dramatic Arts at the Victorian College of Arts, in Melbourne.[1]

Writing career

His AWGIE award-winning play, Speaking in Tongues,[2](1996) has been seen throughout Australia as well as in Europe and the US and Bovell adapted it for the screen as Lantana (2001). Both the play and screenplay have been published by Currency Press along with After Dinner (1988), Holy Day (2001), Scenes from a Separation (written with Hannie Rayson) (1995) and Who's Afraid of the Working Class? (1998), written with Patricia Cornelius, Melissa Reeves, Christos Tsiolkas and Irene Vela. Who's Afraid of the Working Class? was adapted to film as Blessed.[citation needed]

When the Rain Stops Falling (2008)[3][4] won the 2008 Victorian Premier's Literary Award and the 2008 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards. In 2010, a production of When the Rain Stops Falling opened in New York. The New York Times reviewed the play describing it as "a fitfully moving but diagrammatic play about the long legacy of unnatural acts" and commenting that "the relationships eventually emerge with an emotional clarity that the play’s elliptical structure works against".[5]



Bovell's film credits include Lantana (2001) and Blessed (2009) as mentioned above. Bovell also co-wrote the screenplay for Strictly Ballroom (1992) with Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce and Head On (1998) with Mira Robertson and Ana Kokkinos. His other film credits include Edge of Darkness (2010) starring Mel Gibson, The Book of Revelation (2006) and Iris (2016).[14] He wrote the thriller film A Most Wanted Man, directed by Anton Corbijn, based on the novel A Most Wanted Man by John le Carré.[citation needed]

Awards jury

Bovell is on the jury for the Feature Fiction and Documentary awards at the Adelaide Film Festival, scheduled for October 2020.[15]


  1. ^ a b Austlit - Andrew Bovell
  2. ^ Andrew Bovell (1996) Speaking in Tongues, Nick Hern Books, London. ISBN 978-1-84842-074-8
  3. ^ Andrew Bovell (2008) When the Rain Stops Falling, Nick Hern Books, London. ISBN 978-1-84842-034-2
  4. ^ "Award and synopsis of When the Rain Stops Falling". Archived from the original on 25 May 2009.
  5. ^ "Fish Soup and Bad Weather, Across the Decades" by Charles Isherwood – New York Times, March 9, 2010
  6. ^ Bovell, Andrew (1989). After Dinner. Sydney: Currency Press. ISBN 9780868195186. Archived from the original on 21 April 2018. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  7. ^ Bovell, Andrew (2001). Holy Day. Sydney: Currency Press. ISBN 9780868196466. Archived from the original on 1 July 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  8. ^ Bovell, Andrew; et al. (2000). Who's Afraid of the Working Class?. Sydney: Currency Press. ISBN 9780868196299. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  9. ^ Bovell, Andrew (2012). Speaking in Tongues. Sydney: Currency Press. ISBN 9780868199030. Archived from the original on 1 July 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  10. ^ Stoley, Emma (22 January 2011). "Reverberations". The Australian. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  11. ^ Bovell, Andrew (2008). When the Rain Stops Falling. Sydney: Currency Press. ISBN 9780868199283. Archived from the original on 1 July 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  12. ^ John McCallum (14 January 2013). "Deeply moving evocation of a tragic conflict in The Secret River | The Australian". News Limited. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  13. ^ Lloyd Bradford Syke (17 January 2013). "REVIEW: The Secret River (Sydney Festival) | Sydney Theatre | Curtain Call". Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  14. ^ Lincoln Center Theater website Archived March 11, 2010, at the Wayback Machine – Andrew Bovell biography
  15. ^ "Jury". Adelaide Film Festival. 9 September 2020. Retrieved 10 September 2020.