In conversation with Suzie Miller and Andrea Durbach
The School of the Arts and Media and Law & Justice, UNSW are delighted to co-host a celebration of the work of Suzie Miller, an alumna of UNSW with degrees in law, theatre and film. This special in-conversation event will include readings from her play and celebrate Suzie’s extraordinary career and commitment to the arts and human rights from her early work as a human rights lawyer in Sydney to her success on London’s West End and with her new play, RBG: Of Many, One premiering with the Sydney Theatre Company in late October.
Suzie Miller is a contemporary international playwright, librettist and screenwriter drawn to complex human stories often exploring injustice and rights in contemporary society. Suzie has won or been shortlisted for a number of Australian Writers’ Guild Awards, and Premier’s awards and won the Kit Denton Fellowship for Writing with Courage in 2008.
Her most recent play Prima Facie (premiered 2019, Griffin Theatre) won the 2020 Australian Writers’ Guild Award for Drama; the 2020 David Williamson Award for Outstanding Theatre Writing; and the 2020 prestigious Major Australian Writers’ Guild Award across all categories of theatre, film and television. Starring Jodie Cromer, Prima Facie premiered on London’s West End at the Harold Pinter Theatre and will transfer to Broadway in 2023. Prima Facie has now been translated in 14 languages and counting.
The National Theatre Live film of Prima Facie has recently replaced Fleabag as the highest-grossing cinema event of all time in the UK and Ireland.
Suzie will be in conversation with Andrea Durbach, Emeritus Professor and former Director of the Australian Human Rights Institute (formerly Centre) at UNSW from 2004-2017. Andrea began her career as a human rights lawyer in South Africa and the high-profile death penalty case in which she was the instructing solicitor formed the basis of her book Upington as well as the subsequent award-winning documentary, A Common Purpose. Andrea has held senior positions in the human rights field, including as Deputy Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner (2011-2012) and in 2013 she was awarded the Australian Human Rights Commission Human Rights Law Award for her promotion and advancement of human rights in Australia through the practice of law.