Tony Briggs is a Yorta Yorta/Wurundjeri (Woiwurrung) writer, director, producer and actor for film, television and theatre. His acting career began on stage in the 1980s and his many credits include roles in Broken Shore, Redfern Now, The Slap, Cleverman, Wentworth, Nowhere Boys, Seven Types of Ambiguity, The Warriors and Rake.
Tony’s feature film The Sapphires, which he co-wrote for the screen, was adapted from his award-winning theatre production and grossed over $14.4 million at the box office in Australia, making it the most successful Australian film of 2012. The film received a standing ovation at its world premiere at the 65th Cannes Film Festival and was released theatrically in the US. The Sapphires won 11 AACTA Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay, and Tony also received AWGIE Awards for the Most Outstanding Script of 2012 and Best Feature Film Adaptation. The Sapphires theatre production enjoyed triumphant sell-out seasons in Sydney and Melbourne, winning two Helpmann Awards for Best New Australian Work and Best Play in 2005.
Tony has recently directed a touring version of The Sapphires and was the associate director for the MTC production of Astro Man.
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