Mary Anne Butler – Playwright



My first full length feature film Hopetown was developed under Arista’s IGNITE program, funded by the NT Film Office and Screen Australia. It is an adaptation of my stage play Half Way There [2009 tour of Cairns, Darwin, Alice and Townsville].

Hopetown won the 2012 NT Literary Awards Birch Carroll and Coyle Screenwriting Award.



January, 2002
Supported by Queensland Screen Resource Centre (QPIX) as writer/director of ‘Deja Vu’(Post-production June, 2003)

January, 2001
Funded by Pacific Film and Television Commission as writer/director of The Second Tuesday (short film) starring Max Cullen. Screened in February, 2002 at Dendy Cinema, Brisbane. Official selection St Kilda Film Festival, 2002 and St Kilda Film festival screening tour [Qsld]

December, 2000
Self-funded as writer/director of Fruit Salad (short film). Post-production December, 2000

August 2000
Commissioned by Jonathan M Schiff Productions to develop their telemovie, Beach Shack

June 2000
Short film A Recipe For Pumpkin Bread funded for development by the Pacific Film and Television Commission

April 1999
Short film Effective Communication Modes of the Twentieth Century screened on SBS, and at the 1998 Brisbane Independent Film Festival

December 1998
Commissioned by Liberty and Beyond Pty Ltd. to write the `Bible’ and one episode outline of E.O.D. – a pilot television drama series for the commercial television market

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