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MAGDA SZUBANSKI

ACTRESS & AUTHOR

Magda Szubanski has been famous for making Australia laugh for over three decades, but more recently she was named the “Most Talked about Person of 2017” following what many have called her ‘crucial role’ in the complex and difficult 2017 Same-Sex Marriage Survey. Sydney Morning Herald: “When describing her efforts, other equality advocates use terms such as ‘invaluable’ and ‘devastatingly effective’. But popularity alone does not change hearts or minds. What made a difference, they believe, is the way Szubanski campaigned.” She advocated tirelessly, making the case for equality with reason and dignity –her most notable appearances included a pivotal debate on the ABC’s Q&A, interviews on A Current Affair and an address she gave at the National Press Club, ‘What it feels like to be an unwilling human guinea pig in a political experiment’. In 2012, Magda came out live on national TV and has been an active and high-profile campaigner for LGBTI+ rights ever since. She is patron of Twenty10, an ambassador for the Pinnacle Foundation and also volunteered for the Orlando Victims’ Fundraiser concerts in Melbourne and Sydney. She has spoken at numerous Marriage Equality fundraisers.

Vogue Australia included her in their list of 2018 “Game Changers” for her work on the Marriage Equality campaign.

Film credits include Babe, The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course, alongside the late Steve Irwin and The Golden Compass, with Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. Australian films Dr Plonk directed by Rolf de Heer, Bran Nu Dae by Rachel Perkins and starring alongside Ronan Keating in the musical comedy, Goddess in 2013. In 2017 she starred opposite Michael Caton in Ben Elton’s Three Summers

Magda’s many stage appearances include hit productions of Guys and Dolls, the late Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss and What I Wore, The Melbourne Theatre Company production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, the national tour of Grease: The Arena Spectacular with John Farnham. In 2012 she performed alongside Geoffrey Rush and Hugh Sheridan in Simon Phillip’s A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum.

More recently she has become a best-selling, award-winning author, following the release of her internationally acclaimed memoir Reckoning. Released late 2015, Reckoning won a slew of literary awards including winner of the 2016 ABIA Book of the Year, Biography of the Year, Booksellers Choice Award, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the Indie Award for Non-Fiction; Winner Victorian Community History Award and was shortlisted for several more awards including the National Biography Award.

MAGDA SZUBANSKI

Actress & Author

AWAVENA – A UNION OF FORM AND STORY-LYNETTE WALLWORTH IN CONVERSATION WITH MAGDA SZUBANSKI

Conference Hall 1, Level 2

Awavena is a tale of metamorphosis and the second in a series of mixed reality works by legendary artist and director Lynette Wallworth. At its heart, Awavena is a collaboration between a community and an artist, melding technology and transcendent experience so that a vision can be shared and a story told of a people ascending from the edge of extinction. Explore the creation of this […]

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