Justin Monjo is an award-winning writer for stage and screen. Justin wrote the mini-series Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door for Shine Australia, The Code for ABC/Playmaker, and the highly rated Seven Network mini-series Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS.
Most recently, Justin wrote two episodes of the Seven Network’s hit series The Secret Daughter; the mini-series Brock, following the life of racing legend Peter Brock; as well as an episode for the television adaptation of Tomorrow When the War Began for ABC2/Ambience. His other extensive credits for television include the widely-acclaimed Wildside, and the sequel to the award-winning ABC mini-series, Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo – Paper Giants: Magazine Wars. Justin was a co-creator of the high-rating telemovie The Alice, and worked on several series of John Edward’s Rush for the Network Ten. He was head writer and co-executive producer on the cult series Farscape (SyFy Channel). He sold a pilot to HBO America for development, and is also developing on several Australian television projects.
Justin wrote the screenplay for upcoming features Jungle, starring Daniel Radcliffe and directed by Greg McLean, and Storm Boy for Ambience Entertainment. He also wrote the 2015 feature Spear, a contemporary Aboriginal story told through movement and dance, directed by Stephen Page. Justin wrote the feature film adaptation of Tim Winton’s Dirt Music for Phillip Noyce, as well as two of the chapters of Tim Winton’s The Turning, for the critically-acclaimed feature compendium of the same name: Aquifer (directed by Robert Connolly); and Sand (directed by Stephen Page). He is currently working on several feature screenplays including The Keep for Peter Weir, and Cane for Animal Logic/Robert Luketic.
Justin’s theatre credits include Romeo is Bleeding (produced in Australia and the US), That Eye, The Sky and Cloudstreet, adapted from Tim Winton’s novel and co-written with Nick Enright. His adaptation of Cloudstreet won numerous awards and toured internationally to sold-out theatres and critical acclaim in the US, Europe and Australia.
Adapted (with Richard Roxburgh) from Tim Winton’s novel.
The play was nominated for Best Play by the Sydney Theatre Critics’ Circle, the New South Wales Literary Board, and The Adelaide Festival Board, in 1995.
It is the funny and moving story of young Ort Flack trying to come to terms with getting older, his father’s near fatal car accident, a strange cloud that hangs over their Western Australia home, and a tormented stranger who might just be there for wicked purposes…
Adapted by Justin Monjo and Nick Enright from the novel by Tim Winton.
Presented by a cast of 15, this epic play swept across Australia and brought European audiences to tears and rapturous applause. Playwrights Monjo and Enright create a gripping saga of two very different families thrust together by misfortune, who must overcome their awkwardness in order to resolve inner conflicts and achieve a measure of self realisation.
Set in a ramshackle mansion (which used to be a home for Aboriginal girls), the narrative centres on young ‘Fish’ Lamb, who is intellectually handicapped due to an accident. His mystical journey underscores the voyages undertaken by the other characters: the Pickles family struggles with the temptations of adultery, the bottle and Lady Luck; the Lamb family with financial hardship and a fundamental crisis of faith.
After twenty years and various momentous episodes in the shared house, the focus finally falls on Rose Pickles and Quick Lamb, who carry the collective hopes and fears of their respective families. Rose and Quick meld the destinies of the two families and exorcise the spectres of the past once and for all, so that a hard-won peace settles over Cloudstreet.
about 5 hours in length (includes 70 minutes of intermission: 1 dinner break and 1 coffee break)
1 full time musician onstage