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Benjamin Law Benjamin Law i(A73237 works by) (a.k.a. Ben Law)
Born: Established: 1982 Nambour, Nambour area, Nambour - Palmwoods - Yandina area, Sunshine Coast Hinterland, South East Queensland, Queensland, ;
Gender: Male
Heritage: Chinese
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Benjamin Law has worked as a magazine editor, music journalist, reviewer and writer. His essays and columns have appeared in The Monthly, Qweekend, Sunday Life, Cleo, Crikey, The Walkley Magazine, The Big Issue, New Matilda, Kill Your Darlings and the Australian Associated Press. He has also appeared as a panellist on the ABC television program Q&A.

In 2012, he toured India with Australian writer Kirsty Murray and three Indian writers in the Bookwallah, an initiative which took the five across India by train on a kind of travelling library that took them between literary festivals.

Ben is the brother of the writer Michelle Law, with whom he co-authored Shit Asian Mothers Say (2014). He has a PhD in creative writing from Queensland University of Technology, and has worked as a researcher, co-author and associate producer on The Family Law (tv series) and Deep Water (SBS).

Ben is also a co-host of the Radio National program Stop Everything.



Most Referenced Works


  • Other works not individually indexed include: 

    Moral Panic 101 : Equality, Acceptance and the Safe Schools Scandal : Quarterly Essay 67 (2017)

Personal Awards

Awards for Works

form y separately published work icon Number One Gay Son ( dir. Sophie Miller ) Australia : Matchbox Pictures SBS , 2019 16969142 2019 single work film/TV
2019 nominated AWGIE Awards Comedy Award Situation or Narrative
form y separately published work icon The Family Kerr ( dir. Sophie Miller ) Australia : Matchbox Pictures , 2017 13392918 2017 single work film/TV
2018 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Multicultural NSW
form y separately published work icon The Family Law Australia : Matchbox Pictures SBS , 2016-2019 8137847 2016 series - publisher film/TV

'Welcome to The Family Law. The story of a sprawling Chinese-Australian family who are unlike any you've ever met, and yet also disturbingly familiar. Based on the hit memoir, The Family Law is a black comedy series set on Queensland's Sunshine Coast over one hot summer. Fourteen-year-old Benjamin Law strives for television soap mega-stardom whilst trying to stop his parents from splitting up, usually with disastrous results.' (Production summary)

For full list of episodes and authors, see Film Details.

2016 nominated Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Television Comedy Series
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