Tony McNamara (born 1967) is an Australian playwright, screenwriter, and television producer. He is also an occasional film director and producer.
|Born||1967 (age 54–55)|
Kilmore, Victoria, Australia
|Occupation||Playwright, screenwriter, television producer, film director, film producer|
|Known for||The Favourite|
McNamara was born in Kilmore, Australia, and was educated at Assumption College, Kilmore. Following careers in catering and finance, McNamara settled on a career as a writer following a visit to Rome. His education consisted of studying writing at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and screenwriting at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.
Following this, McNamara wrote for various television programmes in Australia, most notably The Secret Life of Us, Love My Way, Tangle and Puberty Blues. In 2015, McNamara directed his second feature film, comedy-drama Ashby starring Mickey Rourke, Sarah Silverman and Emma Roberts.
McNamara created The Great, a series revolving around the life of Catherine the Great, starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult which premiered on Hulu on May 15, 2020. It is based upon his play about Catherine the Great, which premiered at the Sydney Theater Company in 2008. McNamara also wrote a film adaptation of the play, "It had been a play and a film, and I was always struggling [with] the fact it was such a massive story for a film. I wanted to tell it as a story that goes for years and years."
|1995||The Beat Manifesto||Short film|||
|2003||The Rage in Placid Lake||also director|
|2018||The Favourite||with Debora Davis|
|2021||Cruella||with Dana Fox|
|1993||All Together Now||1 episode; 'Your Cheatin' Heart|||
|1997||Big Sky||3 episodes|
|2001-2005||The Secret Life of Us||12 episodes|
|2004-2007||Love My Way||7 episodes|
|2008||Echo Beach||2 episodes|
|Moving Wallpaper||1 episode|
|2011||Offspring||1 episode; 'Complications'|
|2012-2014||Puberty Blues||7 episodes|
|2016-2018||Doctor Doctor||Creator, 15 episodes|
|2020-2021||The Great||Creator, 17 episodes|
|1995||Australian Film Institute||Best Screenplay in a Short Film||The Beat Manifesto||Won|
|2003||Australian Comedy Awards||Outstanding Comic Screenplay||The Rage in Placid Lake||Nominated|
|Australian Film Institute||Best Adapted Screenplay||Won|
|AWGIE Awards||Major AWGIE Award||Won|
|Best Screenplay Adaptation||Won|
|Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards||Best Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|Melbourne International Film Festival||Most Popular Feature Film||Won|
|2007||AWGIE Awards||Best Writing for a Television Series||Love My Way||Won|
|Australian Film Institute||Best Screenplay in Television||Nominated|
|2013||AACTA Awards||Best Screenplay in Television||Puberty Blues||Nominated|
|2014||AWGIE Awards||Best Writing for a Television Series||Nominated|
|2015||AWGIE Awards||Best Screenplay Original||Ashby||Nominated|
|2018||Academy Award||Best Original Screenplay||The Favourite||Nominated|
|Atlanta Film Critics Circle||Best Screenplay||Won|
|BAFTA Award||Best Original Screenplay||Won|
|British Independent Film Awards||Best Screenplay||Won|
|Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards||Best Original Screenplay||Won|
|Golden Globe Award||Best Screenplay||Nominated|
|Indiana Film Journalists Association||Best Original Screenplay||Nominated|
|Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society||Best Original Screenplay||Runner-Up|
|Detroit Film Critics Society||Best Original Screenplay||Nominated|
|Gotham Independent Film Awards||Best Screenplay||Nominated|
- "Tony McNamara: author of Offspring". 27 September 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
- "Tony McNamara - AustralianPlays.org". Retrieved 2 December 2018.
- "Playwright takes stock". 9 July 2002. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
- "The Rage in Placid Lake". 28 August 2003. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
- "Comedy-drama film "Ashby" by Tony McNamara". 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
- Bizzaca, Caris (7 September 2016). "CLAUDIA KARVAN ON DOCTOR DOCTOR AND PRODUCING". Screen Australia. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
- "Playing favourites - Yorgos Lanthimos, Emma Stone, Olivia Colman, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn and Tony McNamara on The Favourite". 30 September 2018. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
- Hipes, Patrick (17 January 2020). "Hulu Sets Premiere Dates For 'The Great', 'Ramy' And 'Solar Opposites' – TCA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
- McHenry, Jackson (15 May 2020). "How The Great Very, Very Loosely Adapts Russian History". New York. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
- Utichi, Joe (13 February 2019). "How Tony McNamara's Hulu-Bound 'The Great' Landed Him 'The Favourite' And An Oscar Nomination". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
- Ryan, Patrick (15 May 2020). "Hulu's 'The Great': Elle Fanning on playing Catherine the Great, severed heads and 'fully clothed sex'". USA Today. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
- "Australian actress Oscars red carpet moment has a special meaning". Nine.com.au. 24 February 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2019.