Hannah Reilly

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Hannah Reilly is an award winning writer, director and actor for film, television and theatre.
She grew up on a cattle farm in rural Australia isolated and without television reception with her sister and longtime collaborator Eliza. Subsequently, they were forced to entertain themselves by putting on hour long improvised plays for their parents on their front lawn. Which, thanks to white wine, received rave reviews.

Since then she has gone on to become a maker of bold comedic work across multiple mediums. Hannah is one of Australia’s most in demand comedic voices; recently being named in TV Week Magazine’s “Next Gen of Women in TV” list among other Australians such as Katherine Langford, Hannah Gadsby and Margot Robbie.

In 2017 she co-created, wrote and starred in ABC1’s ‘ Growing Up Gracefully’ , A six part comedy-doco series that used etiquette books to skewer the outrageous double standards placed on women, for which she was nominated for a Logie Best Newcomer Award. It was released to critical acclaim and enormous online engagement.  “Leave At 3.43” – a musical number about the gender pay gap and other sketches from the series has been viewed nearly 17 million times on Facebook.

In 2018 Hannah and Eliza produced, co-wrote, directed and starred in their multi-platform series; ‘ Sheilas ‘ . A comedy series on the amazing but forgotten women of Australian History, for which she won an Australian Writers Guild Award. In 2018 she co-wrote, directed and performed her first original comedy musical ‘ Yarramadoon: The Musical’ , at Sydney’s prestigious Belvoir St Theatre to a sold-out and extended season. Hannah has also been the recent recipient of the Rebel Wilson Comedy Commission , for which she will be developing an original musical comedy THE DEB with Rebel Wilson and Camp Sugar Productions.

In 2019 Hannah performed a sold out and extended run at Sydney Comedy Festival of her solo standup show ‘Direct Eye Contact’ , based on her time as a radio “sexpert”.  In December 2018 she was selected by Bunya Productions ( Sweet County, Mystery Road ) to attend a three day intensive genre masterclass with Jeremy Podeswa ( The Handmaid’s Tale, Game Of Thrones) , and Raelle Tucker ( True Blood, Jessica Jones ) where she an Eliza workshopped their eight part dramedy series ‘Cleanskins’ which is currently in development under their own company Bikeshed Productions.