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Benjamin LawScreenwriter | Author

Benjamin Law is a Sydney-based journalist, columnist and screenwriter, who has completed a PhD in television writing and cultural studies. He is the author of two books, The Family Law (2010) and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012), which were both nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards, and co-author of comedy book Shit Asian Mothers Say (2014).

The television adaptation of The Family Law, created and written by Ben, and produced by Matchbox Pictures, screened on SBS in 2016. The pilot’s online premiere gained 1.1 million views, with the season as a whole the most-watched program on SBS On Demand. The Family Law returned for two further seasons, and won two Equity Ensemble Award for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series, and a SPA Award for Best Comedy Series Production.  Ben also wrote on Network Ten drama Sisters, and is developing several other projects.

Benjamin is a frequent contributor to Good Weekend (The Sydney Morning Herald/The Age), frankie and The Monthly, and has written for over 50 publications, businesses and agencies both in Australia and worldwide. For a full CV please contact info@rgm.com.au.

Books

  • Benjamin Law considers himself pretty lucky to live in Australia: he can hold his boyfriend’s hand in public and lobby his politicians to recognise same-sex marriage. As the child of migrants, though, he also wonders how different life might have been had he grown up elsewhere. So off he sets to meet his fellow Gaysians.
  • Law takes his investigative duties seriously, baring all in Balinese gay nudist resorts, and taking Indian yoga classes designed to cure his homosexuality. The characters he meets – from Tokyo’s celebrity drag queens to HIV-positive Burmese sex workers, from Malaysian ex-gay Christian fundamentalists to Thai ladyboy beauty contestants – all teach him something new about being queer in Asia.
  • At once hilarious and moving, Gaysiatraces a fascinating quest by a leading Australian writer.
  • Published by Black Inc Books [To purchase, go to Publisher]

  • I marked the day in my adolescent diary with a single blank page.
  • The mantle of “queer migrant” compelled me to keep going – to go further.
  • I never “came out” to my parents. I felt I owed them no explanation.
  • All I heard from the pulpit were grim hints.
  • I became acutely aware of the parts of myself that were unpalatable to queers who grew up in the city.
  • I was thirty-eight and figured it was time to come out to her.
  • That’s when I know it’s not going anywhere – the gay.
  • I felt like I had been dunked into an episode of The L Word and I wasn’t given the script.
  • No amount of YouTube videos and queer think pieces prepared me for this moment.
  • My queerness was born in a hot dry land that was never ceded. I finally admitted what my feelings for Dirty Dancing–era Patrick Swayze had clearly been indicating for some time.
  • Even now, I sometimes think that I don’t know my own desire.
  • Compiled by celebrated author and journalist Benjamin Law, Growing Up Queer in Australiaassembles voices from across the spectrum of LGBTIQA+ identity. Spanning diverse places, eras, genders, ethnicities and experiences, these are the stories of growing up queer in Australia.
  • For better or worse, sooner or later, life conspires to reveal you to yourself, and this is growing up.
  • With contributions from David Marr, Fiona Wright, Nayuka Gorrie, Steve Dow, Holly Throsby, Sally Rugg, Tony Ayres, Nic Holas, Rebecca Shaw, Kerryn Phelps and many more.
  • Published by Black Inc Books [To purchase, go to Publisher]

  • Meet the Law family – eccentric, endearing and hard to resist. Your guide: Benjamin, the third of five children and a born humourist. Join him as he tries to answer some puzzling questions: Why won’t his Chinese dad wear made-in-China underpants? Why was most of his extended family deported in the 1980s? Will his childhood dreams of Home and Awaystardom come to nothing? What are his chances of finding love?
  • Hilarious and moving, The Family Lawis a linked series of tales from a beloved Australian writer.
  • Now a major SBS television series!
  • Published by Black Inc Books [To purchase, go to Publisher]

  • Are Australian schools safe? And if they’re not, what happens when kids are caught in a bleak collision between ill-equipped teachers and a confected scandal?
  • In 2016, the Safe Schools program became the focus of an ideological firestorm. In Moral Panic 101, Benjamin Law explores how and why this happened. He weaves a subtle, gripping account of schools today, sexuality, teenagers, new ideas of gender fluidity, media scandal and mental health.
  • In this timely essay, Law also looks at the new face of homophobia in Australia, and the long battle for equality and acceptance. Investigating bullying of the vulnerable young, he brings to light hidden worlds, in an essay notable for its humane clarity.
  • “To read every article the Australianhas published on Safe Schools is to induce nausea. This isn’t even a comment on the content, just the sheer volume … And yet, across this entire period, the Australian – self-appointed guardian of the safety of children – spoke to not a single school-aged LGBTIQ youth. Not even one. Later, queer teenagers who followed the Safe Schools saga told me the dynamic felt familiar. At school, it’s known as bullying. In journalism, it’s called a beat-up.” —Benjamin Law, Moral Panic 101
  • Available through Black Inc Books [To purchase, go to Publisher]

  • Your Asian Mother Says: “You look just like Mummy when she was your age.”
  • Your Asian Mother Means: “You will secure love and happiness thanks to my genes so essentially you owe me everything.”
  • Benjamin Law and Michelle Law, the long-suffering children of an Asian Mother, bring you the hilarious Sh*t Asian Mothers Say, featuring the wisdom of Asian Mothers the world over, from “Eat every grain of rice, otherwise that’s how many pimples your future spouse will have” to “She’s just jealous – and racist”. The book also includes quizzes (“Have You Failed Your Asian Mother?”), an interpretation guide to “What your Asian Mother is really saying”, Ten Asian Mother Commandments (Thou shalt not sleepover) and an Asian Mothers’ Guide to Beauty (bad perms, colour, eyelids). With illustrations by Oslo Davis that bring the disapproving Asian Mother to life, this is the perfect gift for the Asian Mother in your life – or perhaps her children.
  • Published by Nero, available through Kobo [To purchase, go to Publisher]

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