Andrew Bovell

Andrew Bovell
Born 23 November 1962
Kalgoorlie, Western Australia

Andrew Bovell (born 23 November 1962) is an Australian writer for theatre, film and television.


Bovell was born in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia and, until recently, lived in Adelaide, South Australia, before moving to New York City. He has recently moved back to the Adelaide Hills, South Australia. His AWGIE award-winning play, Speaking in Tongues,[1](1996) has been seen throughout Australia as well as in Europe and the US and Bovell adapted it for the screen as Lantana (2001). Both the play and screenplay have been published by Currency Press along with After Dinner (1988), Holy Day (2001), Scenes from a Separation (written with Hannie Rayson) (1995) and Who's Afraid of the Working Class? (1998), written with Patricia Cornelius, Melissa Reeves, Christos Tsiolkas and Irene Vela. Who's Afraid of the Working Class? was adapted to film as Blessed.

When the Rain Stops Falling (2008)[2][3] won the 2008 Victorian Premier's Literary Award and the 2008 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards.



Bovell's film credits include Lantana (2001) and Blessed (2009) as mentioned above. Bovell also co-wrote the screenplay for Strictly Ballroom (1992) with Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce and Head On (1998) with Mira Robertson and Ana Kokkinos. His other films credits include Edge of Darkness (2010) starring Mel Gibson, The Book of Revelation (2006) and Iris (2016).[11] He wrote the thriller film A Most Wanted Man, directed by Anton Corbijn, based on the novel A Most Wanted Man by John le Carré.

Theatrical productions and reviews

In 2010, a production of When the Rain Stops Falling opened in New York. The New York Times reviewed the play describing it as "a fitfully moving but diagrammatic play about the long legacy of unnatural acts" and commenting that "the relationships eventually emerge with an emotional clarity that the play’s elliptical structure works against".[12]


  1. Andrew Bovell (1996) Speaking in Tongues, Nick Hern Books, London. ISBN 978-1-84842-074-8
  2. Andrew Bovell (2008) When the Rain Stops Falling, Nick Hern Books, London. ISBN 978-1-84842-034-2
  3. "Award and synopsis of When the Rain Stops Falling".
  4. Bovell, Andrew (1989). After Dinner. Sydney: Currency Press. ISBN 9780868195186.
  5. Bovell, Andrew (2001). Holy Day. Sydney: Currency Press. ISBN 9780868196466.
  6. Bovell, Andrew; et al. (2000). Who's Afraid of the Working Class?. Sydney: Currency Press. ISBN 9780868196299.
  7. Bovell, Andrew (2012). Speaking in Tongues. Sydney: Currency Press. ISBN 9780868199030.
  8. Bovell, Andrew (2008). When the Rain Stops Falling. Sydney: Currency Press. ISBN 9780868199283.
  9. John McCallum (14 January 2013). "Deeply moving evocation of a tragic conflict in The Secret River | The Australian". News Limited. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  10. Lloyd Bradford Syke (17 January 2013). "REVIEW: The Secret River (Sydney Festival) | Sydney Theatre | Curtain Call". Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  11. Lincoln Center Theater website Archived March 11, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. – Andrew Bovell biography
  12. "Fish Soup and Bad Weather, Across the Decades" by Charles Isherwood – New York Times, March 9, 2010

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