Alan Hopgood

Alan Hopgood

Alan Hopgood has been one of Australia’s leading playwrights since 1963, when the first of his successful plays for the Melbourne Theatre Company And The Big Men Fly was presented. He followed this in 1964 with The Golden Legion Of Cleaning Women and in 1966, the first play in the world on the Vietnam war, Private Yuk Objects.

Then followed a career in film and television, winning Awgie awards for The Cheerful Cuckold and The Bush Bunch and writing several feature films including Alvin Purple and the documentaries The Prophecies Of Nostradamus and The Fountain Of Youth.

As an actor, he spent ten years with the MTC, six years as the popular Dr Reed in Bellbird and then Wally in Prisoner and Jack Lassiter in Neighbours.

His performance as Rumkowski in Avraham Cykiert’s mono-drama The Emperor Of The Ghetto won him the best actor at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 1994, a role he has since played more than a hundred times.

In 1996, his book about prostate cancer, Surviving Prostate Cancer – One Man’s Journey was published. He then adapted his story into a comedy about men’s health, intimacy and cancer, For Better, For Worse, which premiered in Melbourne in 1997 and then toured widely.

In March 2000, his play The Carer starring Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell, premiered in Melbourne before two tours of Australia. It was highly praised for its sensitive treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and its warmth and humour. Since then, Alan has written several plays addressing health issues, ranging from diabetes to geriatric sex, and is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars.

In 2004, Alan was commissioned to adapt the War Diaries of Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop for McPherson Touring and Weary premiered in Canberra in 2005 before touring several states.

In January 2005, Alan was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the performing arts as an actor, playwright and producer to the community through raising awareness of men’s health issues.

Alan Hopgood

Television

NEIGHBOURS
Role: Jack Lassiter. Network TEN, 1986 – 2013
CITY HOMICIDE
Role: Harry Mackintosh. Dir: Pino Amenta, Seven Network 2007
HOLLY’S HEROES
Role: Max Peterson. Various, The Gibson Group 2005
BLUE HEELERS
Roles: Doc Parkinson / Bob Swinburn / George Ratcliffe QC. Dir: Various, Southern Star 2000 – 2004
STIFF (Telemovie)
Role: Herb Gardiner. Dir: John Clarke, Huntaway Films 2004
FERGUS McPHAIL
Role: Shop Assistant. Dir: Declan Eames, Burberry Productions 2003
MDA
Role: Dr. Hugo Willard. Dir: Diana Reid, ABC TV 2002 – 2003
THE SADDLE CLUB (Series 2)
Role: Bud. Dir: Arnie Custo, Crawfords Australia 2003
STINGERS (Season 7)
Role: Det. Snr Sgt Bill Skelton. Dir: Colin Budds, BSLM Productions Pty Ltd 2003
WELCHER & WELCHER
Role: Judge Furphy. Dir: Ted Emery, ABC TV 2003
THE SECRET LIFE OF US
Role: Dr. Morgan. Dir: Daina Reid, Network TEN 2002
HALIFAX F.P. (Season 6)
Role: Joshua Lippmann. Dir: Lynn Hegarty, Halifax 6 Pty Ltd 2001
SOMETHING IN THE AIR
Role: Bill McKay. Dir: Various, ABC TV 2001
ROUND THE TWIST (Season 4)
Role: Cornelius Crenshaw. Dir: Arnie Custo, ACTF 2001
THE GAMES (Series 1 & 2)
Roles: Database Inquiry Questioner / Radio Newsreader. Dir: Bruce Permezel, ABC TV 1998 – 2000
QUEEN KAT, CARMEL & ST. JUDE (Mini-Series)
Role: Lecturer. Dir: Moira Moss, ABC TV 1999
DRIVEN CRAZY
Role: Mr. Tuck. Barron Entertainment 1998
GOOD GUYS BAD GUYS
Role: Judge Moody. Dir: Paul Moloney, Beyond International 1998
STATE CORONER
Role: Keith Summers. Dir: Chris Thomson, Harvey Taft Productions 1997
SNOWY RIVER: THE McGREGOR SAGA
Role: Gil Tyson. Dir: Peter Fisk, Nine Network 1995
LAW OF THE LAND
Role: Reg Bates. Nine Network, 1994
WEDLOCKED
Role: Father Damien. Dir: John Thomson, Seven Network 1994
PHOENIX
Role: Bill Douglas. Dir: Mark Callen, ABC TV 1993
GOOD VIBRATIONS (Mini-Series)
Role: Cec. Southern Star Entertainment 1992
A COUNTRY PRACTICE
Role: Tom O’Connell. JNP Productions, 1991
FLAIR (Mini-Series)
Role: Harris. The Australian Film Finance Corporation 1990
THE FLYING DOCTORS
Role: Neil Hutton. Dir: Arch Nicholson, Crawford Productions 1988
SWORD OF HONOUR (Mini-Series)
Role: Stuart Rogers. Dir: Various, Seven Network 1986
EMERGING (Telemovie)
Role: Tom Birchfield. Dir: Kathy Mueller, ABC TV 1985
PRISONER
Role: Wally Wallace. Dir: Various, Grundy Television Productions 1981 – 1984

 

Film

LAST DANCE
Role: Mr. Nathan. Dir: David Pulbrook, FG Film Productions 2012
THE GAME
Role: Charles. Dir: Larelle Bossi, Likerish Productions 2012
THE CUP
Role: Grandfather at Football. Dir: Simon Wincer, Film Victoria 2011
MAGIC (Short)
Role: Grandfather. Dir: Cameron Nugent, iCandy Productions 2011
KNOWING
Role: Reverend Koestler. Dir: Alex Proyas, Summit Entertainment 2009
THE GIFT (Short)
Role: Man on Bus. Dir: Ruth Borgobello, 2004
DALKEITH
Role: Mick. Dir: Leigh Sheehan, Leigh Sheehan Productions 2002
TWO GIRLS AND A BABY
Role: Catherine’s Dad. Dir: Kelli Simpson, 1998
HOTEL DE LOVE
Role: Ronnie. Dir: Craig Rosenburg, Pratt Films 1996
A CRY IN THE DARK (EVIL ANGELS)
Role: President Cox. Dir: Fred Schepisi, Cannon Entertainment 1988
RIKKY & PETE
Role: Laughing Uncle. Dir: Nadia Tass, Cascade Films 1988
RETURN TO SNOWY RIVER
Role: Simmons. Dir: Geoff Burrowes, Burrowes Film Group 1988
GROUND ZERO
Role: Commissioner #2. Dir: Bruce Myles & Michael Pattinson, BDB 1987
A SLICE OF LIFE
Role: Dr. Williams. Dir: John D. Lamond, John Lamond Motion Picture Enterprises 1983
ROAD GAMES
Role: Lester. Dir: Richard Franklin, Essaness Pictures 1981
PACIFIC BANANA
Role: Sir Harry Blandings. Dir: John D. Lamond, SA Film Corporation 1981
THE QUICK BROWN FOX (Short)
Role: Marley Powers. Dir: Malcolm Robertson, Australian Film & TV School 1980
THE BLUE LAGOON
Role: Captain. Dir: Randal Kleiser, Columbia Pictures Corporation 1980

 

Theatre

HEALTH PLAYS
Performer and Writer.  ‘The Carer’, ‘Out Of The Blue’, ‘Four Funerals in One Day’, ‘Hear Me’, ‘My Dog Has Stripes’, ‘Never Too Old’, ‘Six Degrees of Diabetes’, ‘The Empty Chair’, ‘Wicked Widows’, ‘A Pill, A Pump and A Needle’, ‘For Better, For Worse’ and ‘Do You Know Me?’
THE PEPPERCORN TREE
Role: Jonah. Dir: Lucy Freeman, Ellis Productions 2008
VISITING MR GREEN
Role: Mr. Green. Dir: Helen Ellis, Ellis Prater Productions 2007
IT’S MY PARTY (AND I’LL DIE IF I WANT TO)
Dir: Catherine Hill, Arts Theatre Adelaide 1995
THE EMPEROR OF THE GHETTO
Dir: Brendan Cohen, Seven Stars Productions 1993 & 1994
AND THE BIG MEN FLY
Dir: Gary Down, MTC 1988

 

Writing

HEALTH PLAYS
‘The Carer’, ‘Out Of The Blue’, ‘Four Funerals in One Day’, ‘Hear Me’, ‘My Dog Has Stripes’, ‘Never Too Old’, ‘Six Degrees of Diabetes’, ‘The Empty Chair’, ‘Wicked Widows’, ‘A Pill, A Pump and A Needle’, ‘For Better, For Worse’, ‘Do You Know Me?’
WEARY – THE STORY OF SIR EDWARD DUNLOP (Playscript)
2005 – 2007
AND THE BIG MEN FLY (Playscript)
1963 – 2002
THE GOLDEN LEGION OF CLEANING WOMEN (Playscript)
1964 – 2001
NEIGHBOURS
22 Episodes. Network TEN, 1998 – 2001
BLUE HEELERS
1 Episode. Southern Star 1994
PUGWALL
42 Episodes. LJ Productions 1989 – 1991
FLAIR (Mini-Series)
The Australian Film Finance Corporation 1990
THE FLYING DOCTORS
6 Episodes. Crawford Productions 1987 – 1991
SUGAR AND SPICE
8 Episodes. LJ Productions 1989
A SLICE OF LIFE
Dir: John D. Lamond, John Lamond Motion Picture Enterprises 1983
BREAKFAST IN PARIS
Dir: John D. Lamond, Cinema Enterprises 1982
PRISONER
Episode #1.296. Grundy Television Productions 1982
PACIFIC BANANA
Dir: John D. Lamond, SA Film Corporation 1981
AND HERE COMES BUCKNUCKLE
1981
THE CLIFFHANGER (Telemovie)
Dir: Bruce McNaughton, Aranda Film Productions 1981
THE MAN WHO SAW TOMORROW (Screenplay)
Dir: Robert Guenette, David L. Wolper Productions 1981
THE QUICK BROWN FOX (Short)
Dir: Malcolm Robertson, Australian Film & TV School 1980
PRIVATE YUK OBJECTS (Playscript)
1966

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