Reg Cribb

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Reg Cribb is an accomplished writer for the stage and screen. Reg has won the Patrick White Playwright’s Award, two WA Premier’s Literary Awards, the major WA Premier’s award, a NSW Premier’s Literary Award and a QLD Literary Premier’s Award. He has been nominated for many more awards including four AWGIEs and two AFI’s for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Reg adapted his play LAST CAB TO DARWIN as a feature film, directed by Jeremy Sims and starring Michael Caton and Jackie Weaver. LAST CAB premiered at the Sydney Film Festival and then opened nationally in 2015 to great box office success; the film screened in over 80 cinemas across Australia and made the $7.5M milestone. LAST CAB screened at Toronto and Busan International Film Festivals and sold to Japan, Korea, Columbia and Turkey. The film was nominated for eight AACTA awards and won Best Adapted Screenplay; and was nominated for an AWGIE for Best Adapted Feature.

The stage play LAST CAB TO DARWIN opened at Black Swan Theatre and Sydney Opera House in 2003 and had a major national tour in 2004. This play won the Patrick White Playwright’s Award, the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award (Best Play), the WA Equity Award for Best New Play, the WA Premier’s Literary Award (Best Script) and the WA Premier’s Prize Award 2003 (Overall Literature) – making history as the first play to win this award.

Reg’s true-crime screenplay, THE GREAT MINT SWINDLE, produced by Cordell Jigsaw aired on Channel 9 in 2012. Reg co-wrote BRAN NUE DAE, for which he was nominated for an AFI award.

Reg adapted his first play, THE RETURN, re-titled LAST TRAIN TO FREO, as a feature film directed by Jeremy Sims and produced by Sue Taylor. The screenplay was nominated for an AFI award for Best Adapted Screenplay and won the 2005 WA Premier’s Script Award. The play premiered at Griffin Theatre Company in 2001 and was shortlisted for the 2001 QLD Premiers Literary Award. THE RETURN was then produced by Perth Theatre Company and at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, winning the 2002 Best of Fringe Award. In 2003 this production was shortlisted for an Assembly Award at the Edinburgh Festival.

Reg’s recent original plays include THOMAS MURRAY AND THE UPSIDE DOWN RIVER, which premiered at Griffin theatre in 2016 to rave reviews and was toured by Critical Stages throughout regional Australia in 2018, and THE DAMNED, which won the 2012 NSW Premier’s Literary Award and had a sell-out world premiere season at Black Swan Theatre Company. Reg is currently working on a feature film adaptation of this play.

Among his other theatre credits are the plays: THE HAUNTING OF DANIEL GARTRELL (originally commissioned by STC and produced by Perth Theatre Company) and produced again in 2013 for a major national regional tour by Straitjacket Productions; UNAUSTRALIA which had a season at the La Mama Theatre in Melbourne in 2012; BOUNDARY STREET which premiered at Black Swan in Perth in 2011 and Brisbane Festival in 2012 and won the Rodney Seaborn award; an adaptation of UNCLE VANYA for Perth’s Black Swan Theatre Company; RUBY’S LAST DOLLAR for Pork Chop Productions and the Sydney Opera House, directed by Jeremy Sims and nominated for a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award in 2005; and THE CHATROOM, produced by Perth Theatre Company in 2004 and shortlisted for the 2004 Patrick White Playwrights Award.

Reg has collaborated on many indigenous plays. He co-wrote the one-man play GULPILIL (with David Gulpilil) which was directed by Neil Armfield for the 2004 Adelaide Festival, Belvoir and the Brisbane Festival. More recently Reg wrote COUNTRY SONG about the life and music of Jimmy Little, which was commissioned by QTC; and KRAKEOUR!, produced by Deckchair Theatre; both of which toured nationally.