Leah Purcell

Leah Purcell

Film

LAST CAB TO DARWIN
Role: Sonya. Dir: Jeremy Sims
THE DARKSIDE
Role: Brenda Dir: Warwick Thornton. The Darkside
Project Pty Ltd
MY MISTRESS 
Role; Audrey.  Dir: Stephen Lance.
SHE. SAY

Short film. Role: Lead. premiered at Sydney Film Festival 2012
TOMORROW
Role: Laura.  Dir: Simon Portus.  Swing Wing P/L.
JINDABYNE 
Role: Carmel (Main cast).  Dir: Ray Lawrence / April Films.
THE PROPOSITION
Role: Queenie (Main cast). Dir: John Hillcoat / Producer: Robert Jones.
PREJUDICE
Role: Leah.   Dir: Nathan Ramsey /Tropfest Film
SOMERSAULT  **Winner, AFI Best Film Award 2004 
Role:Diane. Dir: Cate Shortland / Producer: Jan Chapman
LENNIE CAHILL SHOOTS THROUGH
Role: Dr Sarah Lancaster.    Dir: Paul Oliver / Producer: Charlie Doane.
BEGINNINGS  *Winner, Dendy Short Film Award 2002.
Role:Constable.Dir:Hussein Alicajic Sydney Film Festival
LANTANA **Winner, AFI Best Film Award 2001.
Role:Detective Claudia Weiss (Leading role). Dir: Ray Lawrence
SOMEWHERE IN THE DARKNESS
Role:  Lulu.   Dir: Paul Fenech.
BOX (short film)
Role: Anna (lead role).  Dir: Catriona McKenzie. ABC TV.
PATHOLOGY MAN (short film)
Role: Leigh Sherrie.  Dir: Paul Fenech.

Television

JANET KING series 2
Role: Heather O’Connor (main cast). Dir: Peter Andrikidis.  Screentime/ ABC
BLACK COMEDY series 2
Role: Detective Graham (SCU) & Aunty Mary (The Elders). Scarlett Pictures / ABC
MARY: THE MAKING OF A PRINCESS
Role: Toni Klan. Dir: Jennifer Leacey. Fremantle Media
LOVE CHILD series 3
Role: Daisy. Playmaker/ Nine Network
HOUSE OF HANCOCK
Role: Hilde Kickett. Dir: Mark Joffe. Arresting Television Pty Ltd
LOVE CHILD
Role: Daisy. Dir: Lynn-Maree Danzey. Playmaker LC2 SPV Pty Ltd
THE AGONY OF MODERN MANNERS
Guest Interviewee. Highwire Films/ ABC
REDFERN NOW series 2 – Pokies
Role: Grace. Blackfella Films/ABC
REDFERN NOW series 1 – Family
Role: Grace (Lead).  Dir: Catriona McKenzie.  Blackfella Films.
MY PLACE
Role: Ellen. Dir: Shawn Seet.  Little Leaf Pictures.
McLEODS DAUGHTERS
Role: Terri Barker (Lead guest).  Dir:  Arnie Custo  / Millennium.
LOVE MY WAY – Series 3
Role: Caroline (semi regular).  Dir: Various / Southern Star.
STARTER WIFE 
Role: Hannah Sprints / Dir: Jon Avnet / NBC & Hay Pop Pty Ltd
BAD COP, BAD COP – “Suit Yourself” (Series 1, Episode 6)
Role: Lorraine Simpson    Dir: Cate Shortland.
BEASTMASTER  – Series 3, Episode 5 
Role: The Black Apparition
BEASTMASTER – Series 2, Episode 21 
Role: The Black Apparition
THE LOST WORLD – Series 2, Episode 20 
Role: Witch Doctor
BEASTMASTER – Series 1, Episode 16, 18 & 22
Role: The Black Apparition
WATER RATS – Series 3, Episode 19
Role: Sarah Lane
GP  – “Long Time Coming”
Role:  Donna.
FALLEN ANGELS series 1, eps1-20.
Role: Sharon Walker (lead) /ABC TV.
POLICE RESCUE – Series 5, Episodes 1-9.
Role:Constable Tracy Davis (Main cast) / Southern Star

Theatre

DROVERS WIFE
Role: Lead. Dir: Leticia Caceres. Company B Belvoir
DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN
Role: Ruby. Co-writer & Dir: Leah Purcell Downstairs Belvoir
THE DARK ROOM
Role: Anni Dir. Leticia Cáceres Belvoir Street Theatre
BLOOD WEDDING
Role: The Mother.  Dir: Ian Sinclair. Sydney Theatre Co.
THE STORY OF MIRACLES AT COOKIES TABLE
Role: Annie. Dir. Leah Purcell. QPAC
KING LEAR
Role: Regan. Dir: Marion Potts / Bell Shakespeare Company.
WHEN THE RAIN STOPS FALLING
Role: Gabrielle Law.  Dir: Michael Attenborough / Almeida Theatre London
THE OAK TREE – Opening night.
Role: The other person.  Dir: Tanya Goldberg / Downstairs Belvoir
THE STORY OF MIRACLES AT COOKIE’S TABLE
Role:  Annie – Lead role.  Dir: Marion Potts / Griffin Theatre Co
PARRAMATTA GIRLS
Role: Marlene.   Dir: Wesley Enoch / Belvoir Street Theatre
THE GOOD BODY
For Adelaide Fringe Festival 2006 One Woman Show – Dir: Caroline Stacey, Adrian Bohm Presents
STICKYBRICKS 
Role: Various.   Dir: Scott Rankin.  Big hART /Sydney Festival
STUFF HAPPENS
Role: Dr Condeleeza Rice.Dir:Neil Armfield/Company B, 2005 & Comedy Theatre, Melb
THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES 
Main cast.  Dir: Leah Purcell. Harold BlairTheatre, Cherbourg,Qld.
BOX THE PONY
Role: Leah /Steff. One Woman show.  Dir: Sean Mee.  Theatre Row, Broadway, New York, USA
BEASTY GIRL: The Secret Life of Errol Flynn
Role: Errol Flynn (one woman show). Dir:Scott Rankin.Melb Int Arts
BLACK CHICKS TALKING
Role: Elizabeth (support lead). Dir: Leah Purcell & Sean Mee. Perth Int Arts Festival
BLACK CHICKS TALKING
Role: Elizabeth. Dir: Leah Purcell & Sean Mee. Playhouse, Syd Opera House Festival
BLACK CHICKS TALKING
Role: Elizabeth. Dir: Leah Purcell & Sean Mee. World Premiere, QLD Perf Arts Centre
THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES “Benefit Performance”
(World V Day, NIDA Parade Theatre,  Sydney, Australia)
THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES
Cast: Leah Purcell, Judy Nunn & Denise Roberts. NIDA Parade Theatre, Syd
NOWHERE
Role: Vonnie Dir: Aubrey Mellor. Beckett Theatre, Malthouse. Melbourne International Arts Fest
THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES
Cast: Leah Purcell, Tracey Mann & Brooke Satchwell. Valhalla Cinema, Syd
MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
Role: Suzanne (lead) Dir: Neil Armfield/Drama Theatre, SOH, Olympic Arts Fest
BOX THE PONY
Role: Leah /Steff.  One woman show.  Dir: Sean Mee  /Barbican Centre BITE: 2000 Arts Fest London
BOX THE PONY
Role: Leah /Steff.  One woman show.  Dir: Sean Mee /Playhouse, SOH, Message Sticks Festival
BOX THE PONY
Role: Leah/Steff. One woman show Dir:Sean Mee/Cremorne Theatre,QLD Perf Arts Centre
BOX THE PONY
Role: Leah/Steff. One woman show. Dir: Sean Mee/VIC Arts Centre, Melb Int Arts Festival
BOX THE PONY
Role: Leah/Steff. One woman show. Dir:Sean Mee/Barracks, Edinburgh Arts Festival, UK.
BOX THE PONY
Role: Leah/Steff. One woman show.  Dir: Sean Mee/Company B, Belvoir St. Theatre, Sydney
BOX THE PONY
Role: Leah /Steff. One woman show. Dir: Sean Mee/Civic Theatre, Perth Int Arts Festival
THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
Role: Suzanne. Dir: Neil Armfield /Optus Playhouse, QLD PerfArts Centre
BOX THE PONY
Role: Leah/ Steff.. Dir: Sean Mee/Odeon Theatre, Adelaide Int Arts Fest
BOX THE PONY
Role: Leah /Steff..  Dir: Sean Mee /*World Premiere, Syd Opera House, Festival of Dreaming
STATION 2:  Eye of Another
Role: Lucy (Lead role). / Odeon Theatre, Adelaide International Arts Festival
LOW
Role: Emma / Director: Sean Mee / Writer: Daniel Keene. La Boite Theatre
BRAN NUE DAE
Role: Marijuana Annie (Leading role).Dir: Andrew Ross /National Tour Australia

Writer

REDFERN NOW series 2 “Consequences”.
Blackfella Films
DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN
Stage play.  Co Writer with Eamon Flack. Belvoir.
SHE. SAY
Short film premiered at Sydney Film Festival 2012
ACTOR ON A BOX – THE DREAMING
Sydney theatre Company
NETBALL
Feature film,
BLACK CHICKS TALKING
Stage play
BLACK CHICKS TALKING
Documentary
BLACK CHICKS TALKING
Book
BOX THE PONY
Book
BOX THE PONY
Stage play.

Director

BROTHERS WRECK
Company B at Belvoir Theatre
REDFERN NOW series 2 “Consequences”
Blackfella Films/ ABC
DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN
one woman show. Belvoir St Theatre.
REDFERN NOW – Sweet Spot – series 1.
Blackfella Films
SHE. SAY
short film (premiered at Sydney Film Festival
STOLEN
ACPA (Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts) at the Cremorne Theatre, QPAT
THEATRE IN PRACTICE – STOLEN
 Sydney Theatre Company
ACTOR ON A BOX – THE DREAMING
Sydney Theatre Company
AUNTY MAGGIE AND THE WOMBA WOKGUN
Short film, shot 2009 with assistance of Screen Australia
7 STAGES OF GRIEVING
Sydney Theatre Company.  Education program
REFLECTIONS: 40 Years and In to Future
Stage Play.  ACPA / Cremorne Theatre @ QPAC
HOWIE THE ROOKIE
Stage play by Mark O’Rowe. ooemba Jdarra /Brisbane Powerhouse
VAGINA MONOLOGUES
Stage play by Eve Ensler.
BLACK CHICKS TALKING
Documentary.
BLACK CHICKS TALKING
Stage play.

Presenter / Mc

2008 APRA-AGSC SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS
Presenter, Best Music for a Feature Film Score
GROW
Indigenous Employer Workshops
2008 Australian Directors Guild Awards
Host
2008 NAIDOC Awards & Ball
Co-host and voice over artist. Canberra
‘THEIR SPIRIT STILL SHINES’ COMMEMORATIVE CEREMONY, 40th ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1967 REFERENDUM ON RECONCILIATION MC, Great Big Events, Old Parliament House, Canberra,
2007 NAIDOC Awards
MC, Cairns, 2007 FaCSIA
GROW
Indigenous Employer Workshop, Presenter
2006 BYRON KENNEDY AWARD ‘COMMITTEE MEMBER’ FOR AFI AWARDS
MUSICOZ AWARDS
Enmore Theatre, Sydney,
JOBS, CAREER, FUTURE AWARDS
MC @Parliament House, Canberra,
CORNERSTONES conference
Director of Presentation,
DEADLY AWARDS
Presenter, Opera House
ABORIGINAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP FORUM
Keynote Speaker,
THE SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL
MC – Opening Night,
2006 NAIDOC Awards
MC, Cairns, 2006 FaCSIA
GROW
Indigenous Employer Workshops – Presenter
HELPMAN AWARDS
Presenter, Lyric Theatre, Star City
HELPMAN AWARD NOMINATION ANNOUCEMENTS 2005
Star City
MC – NATIONAL NAIDOC AWARDS & BALL
Adelaide Convention Centre
STOMPEN GROUND CONCERT
Message Sticks,  ABC TV.   Broome, WA
OYSTER COVE MUSIC SPECIAL
Blackout. ABC TV.  Hobart, TAS
LEAH’S SOUL KITCHEN
Voice Jockey. Red Music Channel (now Foxtel), XYZ Entertainment

Music

NATIONAL ANTHEM
Friday night football @ Suncorp Stadium, In recognition of 1967 Referendum
MUSIC with Alex Raineri @ THE VANGUARD
(Stuart Craine producer)
TIDDA KAIA – Theme Song:
Black Chicks Talking Documentary (written & sung by Leah Purcell)
NATIONAL ANTHEM
Charity Shield, return of South Sydney back into NRL (SFS, Sydney, Australia)
GOODWILL GAMES
National Anthem (Boondall Entertainment Centre, Brisbane QLD).
DEADLY AWARDS
Female Indigenous Music Artist of the Year (Sydney Opera House 2000)
SHANIA TWAIN
Support Artist on National Tour – LPG (Leah Purcell Group)
COLOUR ME
Theme Song, Coloured Inn (Sitcom Pilot, ABC TV)
STOMPEN GROUND CONCERT
LPG (Leah Purcell Group), Broome, WA.
SURVIVAL CONCERT
Solo Performance. La Perouse, Sydney, NSW.

Voice / Narration

DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH
Narrator – Documentary /Channel 10
DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN
Narrator – Audio Book by Ruby Langford

Awards & Nominations

2017 HELPMANN AWARDS – Nomination, Best Play, Best New Australian Work & Best Female in a Play The Drover’s Wife
2017 UNESCO City of Film Award at Sydney Film Festival
2017 Victorian Premier Literary Awards – Winner, Prize for Drama:
 The Drover’s Wife
2017 Victorian Premier Literary Awards – Winner, Prize for Literature: 
The Drover’s Wife
2016 SYDNEY THEATRE AWARDS – Winner, Best New Australian Work and Best Mainstage Production: 
The Drover’s Wife
2016 AACTA AWARD Nomination for Best Comedy Performance:
 Black Comedy
2016 AWGIE AWARD – WINNER Best Writer, Children’s Television: Ready for This: The Birthday Party
2014 THE BALNAVES FOUNDATION INDIGENOUS PLAYWRIGHT’S AWARD – Winner
2013 EQUITY ENSEMBLE AWARDS – Winner, Outstanding Performance by an ensemble in a drama series 
Redfern Now (Leah Purcell)
2012  AACTA AWARDS – WINNER Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama Redfern Now
2010 MATILDA AWARDS – Winner, Best Female Actor in a Play –The Story of Miracles at Cookie’s Table.
2010 MATILDA TROPHY – for Directing & Acting contribution to Indigenous Community with Arts.
2009 DEADLY AWARDS – Winner, Actor of the Year
2007 DEADLY AWARDS
 – Winner, Actor of the Year
2008 HELPMAN AWARDS – Winner, Best Actress in a play
 – The Story of Miracles at Cookie’s Table.
2007 SYDNEY THEATRE AWARDS–Nomination Best Actress in a play – The Story of Miracles at Cookie’s Table.
2007 GLUG THEATRE AWARDS -NORMAN KESSELL MEMORIAL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTRESS – The Story of Miracles at Cookie’s Table.
2006 BYRON KENNEDY AWARD ‘COMMITTEE MEMBER’ /AFI AWARDS
2006 DEADLY AWARDS – Nomination, Actor of the Year – 
Jindabyne, feature film
2006 HELPMAN AWARDS – Nomination, Best Actress in a play – Condeleeza Rice in Stuff Happens, Company B.
Recipient of the Inaugral 2006 “Bob Maza Fellowship” – to further career of Indigenous Artist overseas.
2006 MO AWARDS – Nomination, Best Actress in a Play for 2005 – for Condeleeza Rice in Stuff Happens.
2006 DEADLY AWARDS – Winner, Actor of the Year 2005 – for portrayal of Condeleeza Rice in Stuff Happens.
2004 GREEN ROOM AWARD
Winner, Best Actress in a play – Beasty Girl: The Secret Life of Errol Flynn.
2002 IF AWARDS  – Winner, Best Documentary – Black Chicks Talking
2002 THE LOGIE AWARDS  – Nomination Best Documentary – Black Chicks Talking
2001 IF AWARDS – Winner, Best Actress in a Film  –Lantana
2001 HELPMAN AWARDS – Nomination, Best Actress in a Play – Box the Pony, stage play.
2001 DEADLY AWARDS
 – Winner, Indigenous Female Music Artist of the Year
2000 QLD PREMIER LITERARY AWARDS – Winner, Best Play Script  – 
Box the Pony.
1999 NSW PREMIER LITERARY AWARDS – Winner – Best Play Script – Box the Pony.
1996 AFI (Australian Film Institute) AWARDS – Nomination Best Actress in a TV Drama. Fallen Angels
1995 DEADLY AWARDS – Winner, Best New Talent.
1994 MATILDA AWARDS (Qld theatre awards)– Winner, Best New Talent. 

 

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