Spear, photo courtesy of Arena Media
Justin Monjo is an award-winning writer for stage and screen. Justin wrote the mini-series Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door for Shine Australia, The Code for ABC/Playmaker, and the highly rated Seven Network mini-series Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS.
Most recently, Justin wrote two episodes of the Seven Network’s hit series The Secret Daughter; the mini-series Brock, following the life of racing legend Peter Brock; as well as an episode for the television adaptation of Tomorrow When the War Began for ABC2/Ambience. His other extensive credits for television include the widely-acclaimed Wildside, and the sequel to the award-winning ABC mini-series, Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo – Paper Giants: Magazine Wars. Justin was a co-creator of the high-rating telemovie The Alice, and worked on several series of John Edward’s Rush for the Network Ten. He was head writer and co-executive producer on the cult series Farscape (SyFy Channel). He sold a pilot to HBO America for development, and is also developing on several Australian television projects.
Justin wrote the screenplay for upcoming features Jungle, starring Daniel Radcliffe and directed by Greg McLean, and Storm Boy for Ambience Entertainment. He also wrote the 2015 feature Spear, a contemporary Aboriginal story told through movement and dance, directed by Stephen Page. Justin wrote the feature film adaptation of Tim Winton’s Dirt Music for Phillip Noyce, as well as two of the chapters of Tim Winton’s The Turning, for the critically-acclaimed feature compendium of the same name: Aquifer (directed by Robert Connolly); and Sand (directed by Stephen Page). He is currently working on several feature screenplays including The Keep for Peter Weir, and Cane for Animal Logic/Robert Luketic.
Justin’s theatre credits include Romeo is Bleeding (produced in Australia and the US), That Eye, The Sky and Cloudstreet, adapted from Tim Winton’s novel and co-written with Nick Enright. His adaptation of Cloudstreet won numerous awards and toured internationally to sold-out theatres and critical acclaim in the US, Europe and Australia.