Leah Purcell

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VOICE

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 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 PlayThe 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 AWARDSWinner, 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 playThe Story of Miracles at Cookie’s Table.
2007 GLUG THEATRE AWARDS -NORMAN KESSELL MEMORIAL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTRESSThe 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 AWARDSNomination, Best Actress in a playCondeleeza 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 2005for Condeleeza Rice in Stuff Happens.
2006 DEADLY AWARDSWinner, Actor of the Year 2005 – for portrayal of Condeleeza Rice in Stuff Happens.
2004 GREEN ROOM AWARDWinner, Best Actress in a playBeasty 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 AWARDSWinner, Best Actress in a Film  - Lantana
2001 HELPMAN AWARDSNomination, Best Actress in a PlayBox the Pony, stage play.
2001 DEADLY AWARDSWinner, Indigenous Female Music Artist of the Year
2000 QLD PREMIER LITERARY AWARDS – Winner, Best Play Script  – Box the Pony.
1999 NSW PREMIER LITERARY AWARDSWinner – Best Play Script – Box the Pony.
1996 AFI (Australian Film Institute) AWARDS – Nomination Best Actress in a TV Drama. Fallen Angels
1995 DEADLY AWARDSWinner, Best New Talent.
1994 MATILDA AWARDS (Qld theatre awards)– Winner, Best New Talent. 

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