Nick Enright

Active - 1980 - 1997  |   Born - Dec 22, 1950 in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia  |   Died - Mar 30, 2003 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia  |   Genres - Drama, Action, Culture & Society [nf], History [nf], Spy Film

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An Oscar-nominated Australian screenwriter whose affecting screenplay (alongside George Miller) for 1992's Lorenzo's Oil established him as a talented screen scribe, playwright Nick Enright was one of his native country's most celebrated dramatists. Born in Mainland, New South Whales, Australia, in December of 1950, Enright began his 36-year career by slipping into a dress at age 13 for a career-defining performance in a stage production of Macbeth. Spending a year as a general assistant at the Nimrod Street Theater after graduating from college, formal training was soon to follow at the New York University school of the arts. Writing and acting in numerous stage productions in the following years, Enright eventually worked with every leading theater company in his native Australia before embarking on a career as an educator at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts, West Australian Academy of Performing Art, and the Australian Theater for Young People. During his extended tenure as a teacher Enright schooled some of the biggest theatrical talents in the country. A prolific writer since 1978, Enright adapted his work to nearly every medium conceivable, including stage, film, television, and radio. His most popular stageworks, including the youth drama Blackrock (adapted to film in 1997) and his adaptation of the Tim Winton novel Cloudstreet, continued to earn Enright accolades moving into the new millennium. Following a year-long battle with cancer, Nick Enright died in Sydney in March 30, 2003. He was 52.

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