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Angela Betzien
Angela Betzien Angela Betzien i(A3592 works by)
Born: Established: 1978 Rockhampton, Rockhampton - Yeppoon area, Maryborough - Rockhampton area, Queensland, ;
Gender: Female
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Angela Betzien is a Queensland-born and multi-award winning Australian playwright who has had success both in Australia and internationally. Betzien is a founding member of a Melbourne independent theatre company, RealTV. Betzien and her plays are most well-known through the Australian Gothic landscape, in which she can tell her stories through a psychoanalytical approach. Furthermore, her plays endeavour to put a strong aim and focus towards teenagers and younger generations.

From 1994-1997, Betzien received the Queensland Theatre Company Young Playwright's Award. In 1998, after her first play went to stage, she won the George Landen Dann Playwright’s Award. From this moment, Betzien has achieved great wonders both personally and professionally. For Betzien, 2012 was the year she received the Queensland Literary Award for Drama and the Kit Denton Disfellowship Award for her work, War Crimes. Her most recent achievement was in 2015, receiving the Kim Williams’ Fellowship Award.

Betzien has had an astonishing playwriting career which started professionally in 1997 with Dog Wins Lotto, all the way up to her most recent piece in 2015, Mortido. Through this time, Betzien has discovered many raw and emotional events that has embarked her on her playwriting journey. Most of Betzien's famous works, come from experiences in which she has witnessed or experienced.

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Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

form y separately published work icon Total Control Black B*tch ( dir. Rachel Perkins et. al. )agent Australia : Blackfella Films Australian Broadcasting Corporation , 2019-2021 15284926 2019 series - publisher film/TV

'An unlikely national hero, Alex is catapulted into government in a cynical power play. Used, abandoned and underestimated, now she's on a path that will send the political establishment into meltdown.'

Source: Screen Australia.

2022 nominated Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Program
2021 nominated Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Television Drama Series
2019 winner Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Television Drama Series
y separately published work icon The Hum 2017 14128016 2017 single work drama

'In Angela Betzien's play The Hum, a photojournalist sits in an airport toilet cubicle and contemplates taking her life with a pair of shoelaces. As the final boarding call is announced for Flight 404 to Singapore, she leaves the cubicle, shoelaces in hand, and rushes to gate Number 24. She settles in her seat but there is trouble on board, and take-off is delayed. Finally, the plane is in the air and the journey begins. Or does it? For soon it becomes clear that this is not an ordinary journey. Is it real or is it a dream? Are we seeing the last visions of a woman soon to be dead?'

Source: University of Wollogong ( (Sighted: 29/06/2018)

2018 winner AWGIE Awards Stage Award Community and Youth Theatre
y separately published work icon The Hanging 2016 Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2017 8959657 2016 single work drama mystery thriller crime

'Two private school girls are missing in Melbourne’s hinterland. The clock is ticking, the search is on. The one clue is 15-year-old Vivienne. Beguiling, quick-witted, provocative, she won’t give up her secrets easily. What exactly will the police uncover?

'Award-winning playwright Angela Betzien (an STC Patrick White Playwrights’ Fellow) has created a tense, tantalising crime thriller that reveals the mysterious underbelly of a privileged world.'

Source: Sydney Theatre Company 2016 program.

2017 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting
2016 shortlisted Sydney Theatre Awards Best New Australian Work
2016 shortlisted Sydney Theatre Awards Best Mainstage Production
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