Brendan Black

I’m a Melbourne-based filmmakerwriter, playwrightcopywriter and composer.

My first play, Trotsky and Friends, premiered at the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and was performed again at the 2017 Comedy Festival. My second play, The Business of God, premiered in April at the 2021 Melbourne International Comedy Festival at La Mama Theatre. My third play, Empathy Training, premiered at the 2022 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, with each session sold out. My newest play, The Philosophy of Murder, premiered at the 2023 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

I have written, produced and directed 8 short films.

I write for various lifestyle magazines on topics such as wine, food, art and travel, and have been featured in magazines and journals such as HallidayNational Liquor, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Grapegrower and Winemaker, and Senses of Cinema.  I also work as a proofreader/editor, as well as a videographer and copywriter.

If you’re looking to collaborate on a project, for a quote for proofreading/editing/copywriting work, or for anything else, please contact me.


72 Hours in Coonawarra

In 2022 I took a trip to the South Australian wine region of Coonawarra, as a guest of SA Tourism. You can read about my trip on WinePilot.

The Philosophy of Murder, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2023

‘Mick, a young tradie, accidentally kills a client during an argument. Unable to deal with his actions, he seeks out his brother Shane, an outlaw biker and amateur philosopher, who enlists Kev, a friend and local drug dealer, to remove some incriminating evidence from the scene. When Kev realises he is now implicated in a murder, he freaks out. Shane assaults him and ties him up, discussing the philosophical reasons for why Kev should be their scapegoat. Needing to cover up one killing and on the verge of committing another, Mick and Shane work their way towards freedom, experiencing many complications and coming to learn much about themselves – and each other.’

MICF, April 11-23, La Mama courthouse

‘I’m Not a Film Star: David Bowie as Actor’

My co-edited book with Ian Dixon on the films of David Bowie, ‘I’m Not a Film Star: David Bowie as Actor’, is now available from Bloomsbury Academic. The book explores Bowie’s roles in films such as ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’, ‘Christiane F.’, ‘Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence’, ‘Labyrinth’, ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’, and ‘The Prestige’. Only the hardcover and ebooks are available now; the softcover will be released at a later date.

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