Anne Brooksbank i(49 works by) (a.k.a. Anne Mary Brooksbank)
Born: Established: 1943 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Female
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Anne Brooksbank was born in Melbourne and studied at Melbourne University, where she graduated with an MA in English Literature. She also studied painting at the National Gallery School, but then embarked on a writing career. Her novels for young people include Archer (1985), On Loan (1990), and Mother's Day (2005) (the former two based on her own screenplays), and her novels for adults include Mad Dog Morgan (1976), All My Love (1991), and Marriage Acts (2000) (both the first and third of which were based on screenplays).

In addition to her novels, Brooksbank has also written for both the stage and television. Her theatrical works include Curtain for Cocky (1969), Green Room (1976), and Down Under (1977).

Her extensive television credits include more than thirty series and telemovies since the 1970s, beginning with Catwalk. Among the television series she written for are Certain Women (1973), Glenview High (1977-78), Case for the Defence (1978), Top Mates (1979), The Winds of Jarrah (1983), Singles (1984), the Australian Children's Television Foundation anthology series Winners (1985), Land of Hope (1986), Home and Away (1998), A Country Practice (1981-90), G.P. (1991-95), Blue Heelers (1994-95), Flipper (1995), Children's Hospital (1997), Wildside (1998), Water Rats (1996-99), Halifax f.p. (2000), and MDA (2002).

Her film scripts began in 1970 with Men of the Endeavour. She has followed this with scripts for Avengers of the Reef (1973), Newsfront (1978), ... Maybe This Time (1981), Remember Me (1985), Archer (1985), Army Wives (1986), and Marriage Acts (2000). In 1986, she also scripted Handle with Care, a semi-educational film that used the experiences of two fiction female characters to educate women on the consequences of a breast-cancer diagnosis and the resources available to them; the film was directed by Paul Cox.

Brooksbank has also won a number of AWGIE awards for her film and television scripts.


  • Bob Ellis and Anne Brooksbank Manuscript collection is held at ADFA mss G58.

Awards for Works

Father's Day 2010 single work children's fiction children's Sam is in his first year of high school and has been saving his paper-round money for months to buy the one thing he yearns for - a boat. Suddenly his bank balance is doubled by an unknown person. But who is it? As Sam investigates he watches in dismay as his family life is turned upside down; and he is forced to make a decision that will change everything (Libraries Australia).
2012 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Children's Fiction
2012 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Best Language Development Book for Upper Primary Children (2003-2013)
Mother's Day 2005 single work novel young adult

Each child in Mrs. Madoff's class knows just how to celebrate Mother's Day. Jessica and her mom go hiking together. Sam helps pick out a new kitchen table. Sarah and her dad take Grandma to her favorite restaurant. And when a surprise visitor comes to class, the kids learn how to make a handmade gift that's straight from the heart. Here's a loving tribute to all the mothers, grandmothers, and mothers-to-be everywhere, perfect for sharing any day of the year. (Publication summary)

2006 nominated Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Best Language Development Book for Upper Primary Children (2003-2013)
2005 highly commended Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature Older Readers
Marriage Acts 2000 single work film/TV crime

'MARRIAGE ACTS is the story of David McKinnon, a family court judge, and the impact his decisions have on people in court as well as on his personal life.'

Source: Screen Australia. (Sighted: 19/9/2012)

2000 won AWGIE Awards Television Telemovie Original
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