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Nakkiah Lui Nakkiah Lui i(A147242 works by)
Born: Established: 1991 Mount Druitt, Blacktown area, Sydney Outer West, Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal ; Torres Strait Islander ; Aboriginal Kamilaroi
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BiographyHistory

Nakkiah Lui a playwright who grew up in Western Sydney and is the daughter of a Gamilaroi woman from Gunnedah and a Torres Strait Islander. As a playwright she had drawn from her own life and community in the Mount Druitt area, and wrote her first play whilst studying in Canada.

Nakkiah was the first recipient of both The Dreaming Award by The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Arts Board of the Australia Council; and the Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright award.

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Awards for Works

Blackie Blackie Brown : The Traditional Owner of Death 2018 single work drama

'Reconciliation… or revenge?

'Somewhere in the Australian bush, mild-mannered archaeologist Dr Jacqueline Black is conducting a survey on a site intended for the new factory of a shadowy corporation. She’s under pressure to provide the all-clear, but when her dig uncovers a mass grave, she picks up a skull and is immediately over-powered by the spirit of her Aboriginal great-great-grandmother. Blackie Blackie Brown, cold-blooded vigilante, is born.

'In a no-holds-barred gore-fest, she’s going to kill all the descendants of the men who massacred her ancestors. White people, watch out. You could be one of them.

'Paying homage to blaxploitation movies, Blackie Blackie Brown features the work of Barkindji, Birri-Gubba illustrator Emily Johnson and animations by visual effects whiz-kids Oh Yeah Wow. Nakkiah Lui’s script matches perfectly the lo-fi, hi-camp style of director Declan Greene (Sisters Grimm’s Calpurnia Descending).

'With break-out newcomer Megan Wilding in the title role, and the ever-hilarious Ash Flanders playing every white person she needs to kill, this two-hander is a wild ride that will have you laughing out loud while squirming in your seat.

'All in all, it’s precisely the violent and uncompromising take-down that our country’s genocidal history had coming.'

Source: STC.

2019 nominated Helpmann Awards for Performing Arts in Australia Best Production of a Play
2019 nominated Helpmann Awards for Performing Arts in Australia Best Direction of a Play
2019 nominated Helpmann Awards for Performing Arts in Australia Best New Australian Work
2019 nominated Victorian Green Room Awards Production : Theatre - Companies
2019 nominated Victorian Green Room Awards Writing/Adaptation for the Australian Stage
2018 shortlisted Sydney Theatre Awards Best New Australian Work
2018 shortlisted Sydney Theatre Awards Best Stage Design of a Mainstage Production
2018 shortlisted Sydney Theatre Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Mainstage Production
2018 shortlisted Sydney Theatre Awards Best Mainstage Production
form y separately published work icon Kiki and Kitty ( dir. Catriona McKenzie ) 2017 Darlinghurst : Porchlight Films , 2017 11982213 2017 series - publisher film/TV humour

'The adventures of a young, black woman in a big, white world, where her vagina is a big black woman and her best friend.' (Production summary)

2018 nominated Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Online Video or Series
y separately published work icon Black Is the New White 2017 Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2019 10395500 2017 single work drama romance

'Charlotte Gibson is a lawyer on the up. She won a landmark Native Title case, she’s making her parents proud, she could have her own TV show tomorrow. As her father Ray says, she could be the next feminist Indigenous Waleed Aly. But she has other ideas. First of all, it’s Christmas. Second of all, she’s in love.

'Charlotte's fiancé, Francis Smith, is not what her family expected. He's an unemployed experimental classical composer… and he's white! Bringing him and his conservative parents to meet her family on their ancestral land is a bold move. Will he stand up to the scrutiny? Or will this romance descend into farce?

'Love is never just black and white. It’s complicated by class, politics, ambition, and too much wine over dinner. But for Charlotte and Francis, it's mostly complicated by family. Secrets are revealed, prejudices outed and old rivalries get sorted through. What can’t be solved through diplomacy can surely be solved by a good old-fashioned dance-off. They’re just that kind of family.'

(Production summary: Sydney Theatre Company: https://www.sydneytheatre.com.au/whats-on/productions/2017/black-is-the-new-white )

2020 shortlisted Victorian Green Room Awards Writing/Adaptation for the Australian Stage
2018 nominated Helpmann Awards for Performing Arts in Australia Best Play
2018 nominated Helpmann Awards for Performing Arts in Australia Best New Australian Work
2018 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting
2018 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Louis Esson Prize for Drama
2017 nominated Sydney Theatre Awards Best New Australian Work
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