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Max Dann Max Dann i(A23951 works by) (a.k.a. Max Raymond Dann)
Born: Established: 1955 Yarraville, Footscray - Maribyrnong area, Melbourne - West, Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Male
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BiographyHistory

Max Dann was born in Yarraville, Victoria, the setting for most of his books for children and adults. Dann worked as a carpenter's apprentice, handyman, factory worker, and gardener before taking up writing full time.

Like many of his fellow television script-writers, including Doug McLeod, Brendan Luno, and Louise Fox, Dann got his start in television scripting skit comedy: in this case, Fast Forward. Around this time, he also contributed material to the scripts for the feature films The Big Steal and Spotswood, both set in Yarraville.

In the 1990s, Dann contributed scripts to a number of television programs across a variety of genres, including Wedlocked, Flipper, Full Frontal, Crash Zone, and SeaChange, as well as writing the film scripts for Mumbo Jumbo and Siam Sunset.

This blend of writing for both children's and adults' television programs continued after 2000: in that decade, Dann contributed scripts to programs such as Stingers, Worst Best Friends, CrashBurn, and McLeod's Daughters, as well as writing for numerous Jonathan M. Shiff Productions.

Most recently, Dann has produced scripts for Bed of Roses, and written the film scripts for
The Sunset Six (a film about a formerly successful rock star who is terrified of playing live, despite his band's desperation to stage a comeback) and Ektopos (a claustrophobic independent science-fiction film about a failing lunar mining colony).

His sense of the absurd is reflected in most of his books for children, particularly the series that features the characters Roger Thesaurus and Dusting. Dann won the Book of the Year Award of the Children's Book Council for Bernice Knows Best (1983). He has also written books for older readers and adults.

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

form y separately published work icon Bay of Fires ( dir. Natalie Bailey ) Australia : Archipelago Productions FremantleMedia Australia , 2023 24856580 2023 series - publisher film/TV crime

'Set in the wilds of Tasmania, Marta [Dusseldorp] will play lead character Stella Heikkinen whose fall from grace is as spectacular as it is life threatening.

'Betrayed by her own company and in immediate danger – single mother of two Stella has no option but to move her young family to the last place on earth anyone would expect. This town isn’t the kind of place they put on postcards, this is a tiny community rife with simmering feuds, crime and sometimes, murder.'

Source: Archipelago Productions.

2024 nominated Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Television Drama Series
form y separately published work icon Mako Mermaids Mako : Island of Secrets ( dir. Grant Brown et. al. )agent Australia : Jonathan M. Shiff Productions , 2013-2014 6897015 2013 series - publisher film/TV young adult fantasy

'When fifteen year-old Zac goes camping on Mako Island, he has no idea his every move is being monitored by real-life mermaids Sirena, Nixie and Lyla, whose job it is to ward off trespassers. When he comes into contact with the magical waters of the Moon Pool on the night of a full moon, Zac is given a taste of Mako's powers, waking the next day to discover he has been granted fin-like feet and the power to control water…causing all sorts of trouble for Sirena, Nixie and Lyla.'

Source: Screen Australia. (Sighted: 10/1/2014)

2015 winner Australian Teachers of Media Awards Best Children’s Television Program Season 2
form y separately published work icon Dance Academy ( dir. Ian Watson et. al. )agent 2010-2013 Australia Melbourne : ABC Television Werner Film Productions , 2010- Z1732091 2010 series - publisher film/TV children's

A co-Australian and German television series, Dance Academy revolves around Tara Webster, a young woman who has grown up on property in outback Australia all the while dreaming of becoming a dancer. When she makes it into the National Academy of Dance, Tara realises that her life is about to change forever. As the series progresses, she also comes to realise that she is not alone in this journey.

2014 nominated Logie Awards Most Outstanding Children's Program
2013 nominated Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Children's Television Series Television Nominated for Series Three
2013 winner Logie Awards Most Outstanding Children's Program
2012 nominated Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Children's Television Series Nominated for series two.
2012 nominated The International Emmy Awards Children & Young People
2011 winner Logie Awards Most Outstanding Children's Program
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