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Mary Anne Butler has been an actor, playwright and filmmaker whose films include directing The Second Tuesday and ... 'I am...' which was nominated for Fist Full of Films Award for best short film script. In 2010 Butler won the Darwin Festival Script Award for 'Dragons'. She holds a Master of Philosophy (Creative Writing) and a Master of Arts Education (Theatre in Education).

Personal Awards

2014 winner Northern Territory Literary Awards Chief Minister's Book of the Year Award Browns Mart Theatre Award For best script
2014 shortlisted Griffin Award for New Australian Playwriting
2014 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Develop my playwriting skills in Dublin via Projects Arts Centre and local Irish theatre companies.

Awards for Works

Broken 2015 single work drama

'A car crash in the Central Desert. A broken man, about to leave his wife, who has a deep, dark secret of her own. Broken entwines the stories of three complex lives as they unfold on a single fateful night in the heart of the NT’s desert country.'

Source: Brown's Mart Theatre website. (Sighted: 7/12/2015)

2016 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting
2016 winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Louis Esson Prize for Drama
2016 winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Victorian Prize for Literature
2016 shortlisted AWGIE Awards Stage Award
2014 winner Northern Territory Literary Awards NT Writers Centre Poetry Award For best script (Broken)
Highway of Lost Hearts 2012 single work drama

'A woman. A dog. A campervan. And 4,500klm of wide open road.'

'Mot wakes up one morning to find that her heart is missing from her chest. She can breathe; she has a pulse - but she feels… nothing.'

'So, she decides to go and look for it. With her Dog enlisted as co-pilot, Mot heads down the Highway of Lost Hearts: into the deepest core of the Australian outback - navigating red dirt landscapes, fire and flood, brittle dry-ness, vast salt lakes, age-old mountains and murky waters filled with lost souls. And the further Mot drives into the deepest heart of Australia, the more she realises that everyone around her seems to be missing some vital part of themselves.'

'And then there’s the Dog - full of her own canine wisdom, and trying to guide Mot back on a course towards hope - if only Mot would listen better.'

'An allegory for a country that's lost its heart, Highway of Lost Hearts is half gritty road journey, half magic realism and all heart. It leaves you pondering the question: when your heart goes missing, what lengths will you go to, in order to find it again?' (Source: Cyberpaddock website)

2016 joint winner Territory Read Award Chief Minister’s Book of the Year
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