Michelle LawScreenwriter | Playwright | Author

Michelle Law is a writer with experience in journalism, screenwriting and playwriting.

She wrote the highly acclaimed play Single Asian Female – commissioned by La Boite – which earned a 5-star Guardian review before transferring to a sold-out season at Belvoir St Theatre in 2018. The show has since returned to La Boite with Michelle in the lead role, and toured to Melbourne.

Michelle co-created, co-wrote and starred in the series Homecoming Queens, the first web series commissioned by SBS On-Demand. It won Best Screenplay at Melbourne WebFest in 2018 as well as an AWGIE Award. It also won Best Performance in a Comedy Series at the Equity Ensemble Awards in 2019.

In 2018 she was a writer on television series Rosehaven S3 (Guesswork TV and ABC TV), as well as Get Krack!n (Katering Productions, Guesswork TV and the ABC), which won an AWGIE for Best Comedy, and The Bureau of Magical Things (Jonathan M. Shiff Productions and Network Ten), which won an AACTA for Best Children’s Program.

Other television includes the multiplatform content for Flashforward (ABC); and story and interactive media for Slide (FOX8), for which she won an AWGIE.

Her poignant short documentary, Suicide and Me (which screened on ABC2), centres around three young suicide survivors who confront the stigma surrounding the subject matter and ultimately inspire hope. She has presented a TEDx talk and is a prolific speaker about issues concerning female and cultural identity, as well as youth issues.

Beyond writing for television and film, Michelle is also a successfully published author. Most recently, she contributed to the anthology After Australia, with her short story Bu Liao Qing published through Affirm Press. Sh*t Asian Mothers Say, a comedy book co-written with her brother Benjamin Law, was published in 2014. She has also contributed to the collections Destroying the Joint, Women of Letters, Best Australian Comedy Writing, and Growing Up Asian In Australia. In 2016, Michelle won the Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award.

She is currently working on several theatre commissions, as well as feature and television projects.

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Books & Plays

  • 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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