Elizabeth Coleman i(27 works by) (a.k.a. Elizabeth Anne Coleman)
Born: Established: 1962 ;
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

Script-writer and dramatist.

Elizabeth Coleman wrote her first television scripts for The Flying Doctors in 1986. She followed this two years later with her first, single-act play, Sometimes I Wish I Was Jana Wendt, which she wrote while attending the NIDA Playwrights Studio in 1988. Her first full-length play was It's My Party (And I'll Die If I Want To). It debuted at La Mama as part of the 1993 Melbourne Comedy Festival and toured nationally in 1995. In 1999 it was produced off Broadway, with F. Murray Abraham.

In the interim, Coleman was continuing to write scripts for television programs. Her television work in the late 1980s and early 1990s included work on at least eleven episodes of Home and Away (1989); work for the Australian Children's Television Foundation's series Lift Off (1992); episodes of the sit-coms Acropolis Now (1992), All Together Now (1991-1993), and Newlyweds (1993-1994); and scripts for medical drama GP (1993).

In 1995, Coleman was one of the Australian script-writers who worked on Americna production Flipper: filmed in Australia, the program drew heavily on Australian cast and crew, and soon had few active American crew members. Between 1995 and 2000, Coleman worked on police procedural Police Rescue (1995), spoof soap opera Shark Bay (1996), crime drama Good Guys, Bad Guys (1997), teen drama Heartbreak High (1997-1998), and pioneering drama SeaChange (1998). She also co-wrote, with Matt Ford, the comedic romance Diana & Me (1997).

She was also continuing to write playscripts, including the highly successful Secret Bridesmaids' Business, which followed a highly successful Melbourne tour with a 2002 television adaptation (directed by Lynn-Maree Danzey for ABC Television).

Since 2000, Coleman has concentrated largely on television, with scripts for Something in the Air (2000), Always Greener (2001), The Secret Life of Us (2001-2002), Blue Heelers (2005), All Saints (2005), McLeod's Daughters (2005-2006), Whatever Happened to That Guy? (2009), and Bed of Roses (2008-2011).

Her most recent scripts have been for Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (2012) and Tricky Business (2012).

Her most recent playscripts have been This Way Up (2002) and Almost With You (2012).

Awards for Works

All Saints , 1998 series - publisher film/TV

One of Australia's highest rating dramas, All Saints is a Logie Award-winning Australian medical drama set in the fictional All Saints Western General Hospital in suburban Sydney. The stories originally focused on the nursing staff of Ward 17 run by Nursing Unit Manager Terri Sullivan. It was sometimes referred to as the 'garbage ward' because it took the overflow of patients.

In 2004 Network Seven producers overhauled the series in an effort to increase the show's gradually dwindling audience. They achieved this by closing down Ward 17 and transferring some of the staff to the Emergency Department managed by Frank Campion. Several other new lead characters were also introduced. The changes also saw the storylines begin to focus more on the lives of the doctors and nurses.

Another significant change to the series came in early 2009 when the producers introduced the Medical Response Unit. Central to this development was the helicopter which took doctors to rescue situations outside the hopsital and which in turn brought patients to the All Saints Emergency Department. The show's name was also changed at this time to All Saints: Medical Response Unit. The increased production costs created by having scenes shot on location played a part, however, in the series being cancelled mid-year. The series ended with the Emergency Department and Medical Response Unit teams having a dinner to farewell the last remaining original character, Von Ryan on her final day at All Saints.

All Saints was popular in many countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium and Iran.

2010 nominated Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
2008 nominated Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
2007 nominated AFI Awards Best Television Drama Series
2007 nominated Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
2006 nominated AFI Awards Best Television Drama Series
2006 nominated Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
2006 nominated Logie Awards Most Outstanding Drama Series
2005 nominated AFI Awards Best Television Drama Series
2005 nominated Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
2004 nominated Logie Awards Most Outstanding Drama Series
2004 nominated Logie Awards Most Popular Australian Program
2002 nominated AFI Awards Best Television Drama Series
2002 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Australian Program
2001 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Australian Program
2001 nominated Logie Awards Most Outstanding Drama Series
2000 nominated Logie Awards Most Popular Australian Program
1999 nominated Logie Awards Most Popular Australian Program
The Secret Life of Us , 2001-2004 series - publisher film/TV

'About a group of 20-somethings living in the urban environs of St Kilda. They have yet to make it, but know it's just a matter of time.'

Source: Screen Australia. (Sighted: 28/11/2013)

2005 nominated Logie Awards Most Outstanding Drama Series
2004 winner Logie Awards Most Outstanding Drama Series
2003 nominated AFI Awards Best Television Drama Series
2003 winner Logie Awards Most Outstanding Drama Series
2002 nominated AFI Awards Best Television Drama Series
2002 winner Logie Awards Most Outstanding Drama Series
2002 nominated Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
Good Guys, Bad Guys , 1997 series - publisher film/TV crime

An edgy and off-beat crime series that relies heavily on humour, contemporary music, and a touch of the bizarre, centring on the character of Elvis Maginnis. An ex-cop from the wrong side of the tracks, Maginnis now runs his own dry-cleaning business but still finds himself drawn into the shady side of life.

1998 shortlisted Logie Awards Most Outstanding Series