Winner of the prestigious 2018 Sydney Theatre Company Patrick White Playwright's Fellowship, Sue Smith is one of Australia’s most acclaimed writers for stage and screen.
In her 30-year career she has written everything from popular dramas (Young Doctors, Sons and Lovers) to gripping, high-quality series and telemovies including The Leaving of Liverpool, Brides of Christ, The Road from Coorain, Bastard Boys and Mabo. Her feature film writing credits include Peaches, starring Hugo Weaving and Jacqueline McKenzie, and Saving Mr Banks, starring Emma Thompson. Her prizes include two AWGIE awards and one Queensland Premier's Literary Award, and many award shortlistings. Sue is also the author of five stage plays, most recently Kryptonite (2014) and the sellout Machu Picchu (2016) starring Lisa McCune, staged by the Sydney Theatre Company and the State Theatre Company of South Australia.
How would you describe your creative process?
My process: to feel a niggle of an idea about something, then probably sit on it for about two years (usually more), like some kind of dilatory hen, until it starts to find some usable shape in my mind. Feel - rather than think - my way into characters, mood and tone. Then research and research and research. Then write something - until I can see what I still don’t know - then go back and research some more.