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Anne Brooksbank Anne Brooksbank i(A19709 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.

Most Referenced Works


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

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Father's Day Camberwell : Puffin , 2010 Z1799428 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 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Best Language Development Book for Upper Primary Children (2003-2013)
2012 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Children's Fiction
y separately published work icon Mother's Day Camberwell : Puffin , 2005 Z1206686 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
form y separately published work icon A Person of Interest ( dir. Ken Cameron ) Australia : Beyond Simpson Le Mesurier , 2000 Z1916577 2000 single work film/TV crime

'When Jane Halifax is asked to provide a psychiatric assessment of laconic ex-cop Laurie Downes for a bail hearing in connection with a manslaughter change against him, Jane finds her professionalism tested to the utmost with the lives of the innocent people depending on her judgement and skills. As Jane becomes more involved with Laurie, he eventually reveals to her the secret obsession that has been behind his vigilante behaviour.'

Source: Australian Television Information Archive. (Sighted: 8/2/2013)

2001 winner Logie Awards Most Outstanding Miniseries or Telemovie
2001 nominated AWGIE Awards Telemovie Original
2000 nominated Australian Film Institute Awards Best Mini-series or Telefeature
2000 nominated Australian Film Institute Awards Best Screenplay in a Television Drama (Anne Brooksbank)
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