Leah Purcell

Leah Purcell

Film

THE LAST CAB TO DARWIN
Role: Sonya. Dir: Jeremy Sims, Last Cab Productions 2015
THE DARKSIDE
Role: Brenda. Dir: Warwick Thornton. The Darkside Project P/L 2013
MY MISTRESS
Role: Audrey. Dir: Stephen Lance, Mini Studios 2014
SHE. SAY (Short)
Role: Lead. Dir: Leah Purcell, premiered at Sydney Film Festival 2012
TOMORROW
Role: Laura. Dir: Simon Portus. Swing Wing P/L 2009
JINDABYNE
Role: Carmel (Main cast). Dir: Ray Lawrence, April Films 2006
THE PROPOSITION
Role: Queenie (Main cast). Dir: John Hillcoat, Producer: Robert Jones 2005
PREJUDICE
Role: Leah. Dir: Nathan Ramsay, Tropfest Film 2005
SOMERSAULT **Winner, AFI Best Film Award 2004
Role: Diane. Dir: Cate Shortland, Producer: Jan Chapman 2004
LENNIE CAHILL SHOOTS THROUGH
Role: Dr Sarah Lancaster. Dir: Paul Oliver, Producer: Charlie Doane 2003
BEGINNINGS *Winner, Dendy Short Film Award 2002
Role: Constable. Dir: Husein Alicajic, Sydney Film Festival 2002
LANTANA **Winner, AFI Best Film Award 2001
Role: Detective Claudia Weiss (Leading role). Dir: Ray Lawrence, Jan Chapman Productions 2001
SOMEWHERE IN THE DARKNESS
Role: Lulu. Dir: Paul Fenech, Livewire Films 1999
BOX (Short)
Role: Anna (lead role). Dir: Catriona McKenzie, ABC TV 1997
PATHOLOGY MAN (Short)
Role: Leigh Sherrie. Dir: Paul Fenech

 

Television

WENTWORTH (Series 7)
Role: Rita Connors. Dir: Various, Fremantle Media / Foxtel 2019
WENTWORTH (Series 6)
Role: Rita Connors. Dir: Various, Fremantle Media / Foxtel 2018
BLACK COMEDY (Series 3)
Role: Guest Cast. Dir: Beck Cole & Steven McGregor, Scarlett Pictures / ABC 2018
BLACK COMEDY (Series 2)
Role: Detective Graham (SCU) & Aunty Mary (The Elders). Dir: Beck Cole & Erica Glynn, Scarlett Pictures / ABC 2017
JANET KING (Series 2)
Role: Heather (main cast). Dir: Peter Andrikidis, Screentime / ABC 2016
LOVE CHILD (Series 3)
Role: Daisy. Dir: Geoff Bennett & Grant Brown, Playmaker / Nine Network 2016
CLEVERMAN
Role: Helen. Goalpost Pictures / ABC 2016
MARY: THE MAKING OF A PRINCESS (Telemovie)
Role: Toni Klan. Dir: Jennifer Leacey, Fremantle Media 2015
HOUSE OF HANCOCK
Role: Hilde Kickett. Dir. Mark Joffe, CJZ / Arresting Television / Nine Network 2015
LOVE CHILD (Series 2)
Role: Daisy. Dir: Lynn-Maree Danzey, Playmaker / Nine Network 2015
THE AGONY OF MODERN MANNERS
Guest interviewee. Highwire Films / ABC 2014
REDFERN NOW (Series 2) “Pokies”
Role: Grace. Dir: Beck Cole, Blackfella Films / ABC 2013
REDFERN NOW (Series 1) “Family”
Role: Grace (Lead). Dir: Catriona McKenzie, Blackfella Films / ABC 2012
MY PLACE
Role: Ellen. Dir: Shawn Seet, Little Leaf Pictures 2009
McLEODS DAUGHTERS
Role: Terri Barker (Lead guest). Dir: Arnie Custo, Millennium 2008
LOVE MY WAY (Series 3)
Role: Caroline (semi regular). Dir: Shirley Barrett & Ian Watson, Southern Star 2007
STARTER WIFE
Role: Hannah Sprints. Dir: Jon Avnet, NBC / Hay Pop Pty Ltd 2007
BAD COP, BAD COP (Series 1)
Role: Lorraine Simpson. Dir: Cate Shortland, Southern Star 2002
BEASTMASTER (Series 3)
Role: The Black Apparition. Dir: Colin Budds, Coote Hayes Productions 2001
BEASTMASTER (Series 2)
Role: The Black Apparition. Dir: Colin Budds, Coote Hayes Productions 2001
THE LOST WORLD (Series 2)
Role: Witch Doctor. Dir: Colin Budds, Telescene Film Group Productions 2001
BEASTMASTER (Series 1)
Role: The Black Apparition. Dir: Ian Gilmour & Pino Amenta, Coote Hayes Productions 2000
WATER RATS (Series 3)
Role: Sarah Lane. Dir: Chris Martin-Jones, Southern Star 1998
FALLEN ANGELS (Series 1)
Role: Sharon Walker (lead). Dir: Various, ABC TV 1997
GP (Series 8)
Role: Donna. Dir: Tony Tilse, Roadshow Coote & Carroll, 1996
POLICE RESCUE (Series 5)
Role: Constable Tracy Davis (Main cast). Dir: Various, Southern Star 1996

 

Theatre

THE DROVER’S WIFE
Role: Lead. Dir: Leticia Cáceres, Company B Belvoir 2016
RADIANCE
Role: Cressey. Dir: Leah Purcell, Company B Belvoir 2015
DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN
Role: Ruby. Co-writer & Dir: Leah Purcell, Downstairs Belvoir 2012
THE DARK ROOM
Role: Anni. Dir. Leticia Cáceres, Company B Belvoir 2011
BLOOD WEDDING
Role: The Mother. Dir: Ian Sinclair, Sydney Theatre Co. 2011
THE STORY OF MIRACLES AT COOKIES TABLE
Role: Annie (Lead role). Dir: Leah Purcell, QPAC 2010
KING LEAR
Role: Regan. Dir: Marion Potts, Bell Shakespeare Company 2010
WHEN THE RAIN STOPS FALLING
Role: Gabrielle Law. Dir: Michael Attenborough, Almeida Theatre London 2009
AN OAK TREE (Opening night)
Role: The other person. Dir: Tanya Goldberg, Downstairs Belvoir 2008
THE STORY OF MIRACLES AT COOKIE’S TABLE
Role:  Annie (Lead role). Dir: Marion Potts, Griffin Theatre Co 2007
PARRAMATTA GIRLS
Role: Marlene. Dir: Wesley Enoch, Company B Belvoir Street Theatre 2007
THE GOOD BODY
One Woman Show. Dir: Caroline Stacey, Adrian Bohm Presents, for Adelaide Fringe Festival 2006
STICKYBRICKS
Role: Various. Dir: Scott Rankin, Big hART / Sydney Festival 2006
STUFF HAPPENS
Role: Dr Condeleeza Rice. Dir: Neil Armfield, Company B & Comedy Theatre, Melb 2005
THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES
Benefit Performance. World V Day, NIDA Parade Theatre, Sydney, Australia 2005
THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES
Main cast. Dir: Leah Purcell, Harold Blair Theatre, Cherbourg, Qld 2004
BOX THE PONY
Role: Leah/Steff. Dir: Sean Mee. Theatre Row, Broadway, New York, USA
BEASTY GIRL: The Secret Life of Errol Flynn
Role: Errol Flynn. Dir: Scott Rankin, Melb Int Arts 2003
BLACK CHICKS TALKING
Role: Elizabeth. Dir: Leah Purcell & Sean Mee. Perth Int Arts Festival 2003
BLACK CHICKS TALKING
Role: Elizabeth. Dir: Leah Purcell & Sean Mee. Playhouse, Syd Opera House Festival 2003
BLACK CHICKS TALKING
Role: Elizabeth. Dir: Leah Purcell & Sean Mee. World Premiere, QLD Perf Arts Centre 2002
THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES
Cast: Leah Purcell, Judy Nunn & Denise Roberts. NIDA Parade Theatre, Sydney
NOWHERE
Role: Vonnie. Dir: Aubrey Mellor, Beckett Theatre, Malthouse. Melbourne International Arts Fest 2001
BOX THE PONY
Role: Leah/Steff. Dir: Sean Mee, Barbican Centre BITE: Arts Fest London 2000
BOX THE PONY
Role: Leah/Steff. Dir: Sean Mee, Playhouse, SOH, Message Sticks Festival 2000
BOX THE PONY
Role: Leah/Steff. Dir: Sean Mee, Cremorne Theatre, QLD Perf Arts Centre 2000
BOX THE PONY
Role: Leah/Steff. Dir: Sean Mee, Company B, Belvoir St. Theatre, Sydney 1999
THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES
Cast: Leah Purcell, Tracey Mann & Brooke Satchwell. Valhalla Cinema, Syd
THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
Role: Suzanne (lead). Dir: Neil Armfield, Drama Theatre, SOH Olympic Arts Fest 1998
BOX THE PONY
Role: Leah/Steff. Dir: Sean Mee, VIC Arts Centre, Melb Int Arts Festival 1998
BOX THE PONY
Role: Leah/Steff. Dir: Sean Mee, Barracks, Edinburgh Arts Festival, UK
BOX THE PONY
Role: Leah/Steff. Dir: Sean Mee, Civic Theatre, Perth Int Arts Festival
THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
Role: Suzanne. Dir: Neil Armfield, Optus Playhouse, QLD PerfArts Centre 1998
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 1997
STATION 2:  Eye of Another
Role: Lucy (Lead role), Odeon Theatre, Adelaide International Arts Festival 1996
LOW
Role: Emma, Dir: Sean Mee, Writer: Daniel Keene, La Boite Theatre 1994
BRAN NUE DAE
Role: Marijuana Annie (Leading role), Dir: Andrew Ross, National Tour Australia 1993

 

Writer

THE DROVER’S WIFE
Stage play. Belvoir Street Theatre 2016
READY FOR THIS
Television show. Blackfella Films 2015
REDFERN NOW (Series 2)
Episode: Consequences. Blackfella Films 2013
DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN
Stage play, Co-writer with Eamon Flack. Belvoir Street Downstairs Theatre 2012
SHE. SAY (Short)
Writer/Director. Premiered at Sydney Film Festival 2012
ACTOR ON A BOX – THE DREAMING
Writer. Sydney Theatre Comedy 2011
NETBALL
Feature film 2006
BLACK CHICKS TALKING
Stage play 2002
BLACK CHICKS TALKING
Book 2002
BLACK CHICKS TALKING
Documentary 2002
BOX THE PONY
Book
BOX THE PONY
Stage play, Co-writer with Scott Rankin 1997

 

Director

MY LIFE IS MURDER
TV series. CJZ & Network TEN 2019
CLEVERMAN (Series 2)
TV series. Goalpost Pictures / ABC Drama 2017
THE SECRET DAUGHTER (Series 1)
TV series. Seven Network, 2016
CLEVERMAN (Series 1)
TV series. Goalpost Pictures / ABC Drama 2016
RADIANCE
Play. Company B at Belvoir Theatre 2015
BROTHERS WRECK
Play. Company B at Belvoir Theatre 2014
REDFERN NOW (Series 2)
“Consequences.” Blackfella Films / ABC 2013
DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN
One woman show. Belvoir St Theatre 2012
REDFERN NOW (Series 1)
“Sweet Spot.” Blackfella Films / ABC 2012
SHE. SAY (Short)
Writer/Director. Premiered at Sydney Film Festival 2012
STOLEN
ACPA (Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts) at the Cremorne Theatre, QPAT 2011
THEATRE IN PRACTICE – STOLEN
Sydney Theatre Company
ACTOR ON A BOX – THE DREAMING
Sydney Theatre Company 2011
AUNTY MAGGIE AND THE WOMBA WOKGUN (Short)
Screen Australia. Bungabura Productions Pty Ltd 2009
THE 7 STAGES OF GRIEVING
Education program. Sydney Theatre Company 2008
REFLECTIONS: Referendum 40 Years and to the Future
Stage play. ACPA / Cremorne Theatre @ QPAC 2008
HOWIE THE ROOKIE
Stage play by Mark O’Rowe. Kooemba Jdarra / Brisbane Powerhouse 2006
THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES
Stage play by Eve Ensler
BLACK CHICKS TALKING
Documentary. Bungabura Productions Pty Ltd 2002
BLACK CHICKS TALKING
Stage play. Bungabura Productions Pty Ltd 2002

 

Presenter / MC

APRA-AGSC SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS
Presenter. Best Music for a Feature Film Score 2008
GROW
Indigenous Employer Workshops
Australian Directors Guild Awards
Host. 2008
NAIDOC Awards & Ball
Co-host and voice over artist. Canberra 2008
‘THEIR SPIRIT STILL SHINES’ COMMEMORATIVE CEREMONY, 40th ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1967 REFERENDUM ON RECONCILIATION
MC. Great Big Events, Old Parliament House, Canberra
NAIDOC Awards
MC. Cairns, FaCSIA 2007
GROW
Presenter. Indigenous Employer Workshop
BYRON KENNEDY AWARD ‘COMMITTEE MEMBER’ FOR AFI AWARDS MUSICOZ AWARDS
Enmore Theatre, Sydney. 2006
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
NAIDOC Awards
MC. Cairns, FaCSIA 2006
GROW
Presenter. Indigenous Employer Workshops
HELPMAN AWARDS
Presenter. Lyric Theatre, Star City
HELPMAN AWARD NOMINATION ANNOUCEMENTS
Star City. 2005
NATIONAL NAIDOC AWARDS & BALL
MC. 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

2019 LOGIE AWARDS – Nomination, Most Outstanding Actress Wentworth
2017 AACTA AWARDS Nomination, Best Television Direction
Cleverman
2017 AWGIE AWARDS Winner Best Play
The Drover’s Wife, David Williamson Award for Excellence in Theatre and the Major Award
2017 HELPMANN AWARDS – Winner, Best Play, Best New Australian Work 
The Drover’s Wife
2017 HELPMANN AWARDS – Nomination, 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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