Sam Neill and Mandy McElhinney in House of Hancock, photo courtesy of CJZ, photographed by Michael Cordell
Katherine has written and script produced for seasons 4, 5 and 6 of the much acclaimed Seven Network production A Place To Call Home which recently won the 2017 Logie for Most Outstanding Television Drama. Her recent screenwriting credits include telemovies House Of Hancock (Winner, 2015 AWGIE Original Telemovie; Nominated, 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, Scriptwriting); and Schapelle. Katherine is the Australian co-writer of the Canadian-Australian co-production Answered By Fire, which won her the Gold AWGIE in 2006.
Katherine began her award-winning career in the theatre and in 2006 was awarded The Australian National Playwrights Centre Award for her substantial contribution to the Australian theatre industry. Katherine’s plays have been produced by many companies across Australia and New Zealand and include: Diving For Pearls (Winner, 1991 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, Prize for Drama); Barmaids (Winner, 1992 AWGIE Awards, Best Community Theatre); Fragments Of Hong Kong (Winner, 2008 AWGIE for Best Radio Adaptation; Programmed in the BBC World Service “Obsessions” Season) King Tide (Winner, 2011 AWGIE for Best Radio Adaptation); Navigating; This Hospital Is My Country; Mavis Goes To Timor; Kayak; Harbour (Winner, 2015 NSW Premier’s Literary Award) and Wonderlands (Winner, 2003 Richard Seaborn Playwrights’ Award)
Katherine’s other screenwriting credits include the series of telemovies Blackjack (Winner, 2007 AWGIE Original Telemovie)and Halifax FP (Nominated, 2002 AFI Award, Best Screenplay – Telemovie; Nominated 2002 AWGIE, Best Screenplay; Nominated, 1998 Australian Film Institute Award, Best Screenplay – Telemovie; Nominated, 1998 AWGIE, Best Screenplay) and the series Australia: The Story Of Us; Australia On Trial; Killing Time; East West 101 (Nominated, 2009 AWGIE Award, Best Original Television Mini Series); Satisfaction (Nominated, 2008 Logie, Most Outstanding Drama Series, Mini Series or Telemovie); Wildside; Grass Roots (Nominated, 2001 NSW Premier’s Literary Award, Scriptwriting); Fallen Angels; Snowy and GP (Winner, 1993 AWGIE, Best Script in a Series; Winner, 1993 NSW Premier’s Literary Award, Scriptwriting).
Other credits include documentary series Darwin’s Brave New World for which Katherine was nominated for an AWGIE for Best Documentary. She was the writer for the feature documentary Unfolding Florence – The Many Lives Of Florence Broadhurst directed by Gillian Armstrong which screened at Sundance Film Festival in January 2006 and won the 2006 Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for best screenplay. Katherine’s most recent collaboration with Gillian Armstrong is the feature documentary Women He’s Undressed about the Australian costume designer Orry-Kelly, for which she was nominated for the 2016 AWGIE for Best Documentary.
Katherine has undertaken writer-in-residencies in New York, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, has participated as an invited delegate to the International Women’s Playwright Conferences in Jakarta, Bali and India and has conducted master classes as well as appearing as a guest speaker at various Writers’ Festivals including Darwin, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Auckland and Hong Kong.