Reg Cribb is an award-winning writer for stage and screen; he has won an AACTA for Best Adapted Screenplay and been nominated for another two, the Patrick White Playwright’s Award, two WA Premier’s Literary Awards, the major WA Premier’s award, a NSW Premier’s Literary Award, a QLD Literary Premier’s Award and he has been nominated for six AWGIE awards.
Reg adapted his play LAST CAB TO DARWIN as a feature film starring Michael Caton and Jackie Weaver. LAST CAB premiered at the Sydney Film Festival and made $7.5M at the Australian box office and screened at Toronto and Busan International Film Festivals. The film was nominated for eight AACTA awards and Reg won Best Adapted Screenplay with co-writer Jeremy Sims; they were also nominated for an AWGIE for Best Adapted Feature.
Reg’s true-crime screenplay, THE GREAT MINT SWINDLE, produced by Cordell Jigsaw aired on Channel Nine in 2012. Reg adapted stage musical BRAN NUE DAE for the screen, which was nominated for an AFI award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and was directed by Rachel Perkins.
Reg adapted his first play THE RETURN which was re-titled LAST TRAIN TO FREO as a feature film directed by Jeremy Sims and produced by Sue Taylor. This screenplay was nominated for an AFI award for Best Adapted Screenplay and won the 2005 WA Premier’s Script Award.
Recent plays include COUNTRY SONG about the life and music of Jimmy Little which was commissioned by QTC; KRAKOUER!, about the prodigious football family which was produced by Deckchair Theatre and toured nationally; and THOMAS MURRAY AND THE UPSIDE DOWN RIVER, which premiered at Griffin theatre in 2016 and toured nationally in 2018 – 19.
Reg’s original plays include: 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; THE DAMNED which won the 2012 NSW Premier’s Literary Award; 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 was written for it’s star Jackie Weaver, 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 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.
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 very first play THE RETURN 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.