Anna BarnesScreenwriter | Playwright

Anna Barnes is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and author. She is the writer of Content, Australia’s first ever vertical video series for Ludo Studios and ABC TV. The series earned her an International Emmy Award nomination for Best Short-Form Series in 2020; an AWGIE Award for Best web series and an AACTA award nomination for Best Online Drama or Comedy.

She was the writer and co-producer of the series Retrograde which screened on the ABC in 2020. The comedy series, filmed in isolation, follows a group of thirty-something friends during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Anna is currently writing on a number of projects, including the aminated series for Ludo Studios, The Strange Chores season two.

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.

Her writing has been 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 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 that was published by Currency Press in 2017.

She has a number of television series, including a Fremantle Media project for Netflix and theatre pieces in development.

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