Anna BarnesScreenwriter | Playwright

Anna Barnes is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and author. Anna is the writer, creator and script producer of upcoming series Safe Home, with Kindling Pictures and SBS, slated for release in 2023. Safe Home follows Phoebe, a twenty-something professional, who leaves her job at a prominent law firm to work at a struggling family violence legal centre. The series stars Aisha Dee, Mabel Li and Virginia Gay, and is set for release in 2023.

She is the writer of Content, Australia’s first vertical video series for Ludo Studios and ABC TV. The series earned her an International Emmy Award nomination for Best Short-Form Series, the Rose D’Or Award for Best Social Media and Video Series, an AWGIE Award for Best Web Series and an AACTA award nomination for Best Online Drama or Comedy.

Anna wrote on the second season of children’s show The Strange Chores, released in 2022. In 2020, Anna was head writer and co-producer of the comedy series Retrograde which screened on the ABC. The series, filmed in isolation, follows a group of thirty-something friends during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Her play Lethal Indifference opened at the Sydney Theatre Company in February 2018 and was highly commended by Victoria Premier’s Literary Awards 2019. In 2017, she won an AWGIE for the geolocative story app Ghosts of Bileola.

Anna has had work published in Kill Your Darlings, Killings, The Lifted Brow and The Age. Her book, Girl! The Ultimate Guide To Being You (Penguin 2012), was named as one of the 2013 Eva Pownall Notable Books by the Children’s Book Council of Australia. Her plays and monologues have been performed around Australia.

In 2007, she was the winner of the British Council’s Realise Your Dream award, facilitating her to study playwriting at Royal Court Theatre, London, UK. In 2012, she collaborated with comic artist Sara Drake (USA) to tell the story of losing her sense of smell for Radio with Pictures at the Sydney Opera House. She won Sydney Theatre Company’s Patrick White Playwright’s Award in 2013 for her play, MinusOneSister, which was published by Currency Press in 2017.

She has a number of television series and theatre pieces in development.

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