Brendan Black

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

My first play, Trotsky and Friends, premiered at the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. My second play, The Business of God, will premiere at the 2020 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

I have written, produced and directed 8 short films and have two feature films in development.

In 2012 I was one of the co-founders of the Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia and its producer for the first 3 seasons.

I write for various lifestyle magazines on topics such as wine, art and travel, and have been featured in Gourmet Traveller Wine, Grapegrower and Winemaker, Fairfax newspapers and RoyalAuto.  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 work, or for anything else, please contact me.

LATEST NEWS

Only a few months until my new play ‘The Business of God’ premieres at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, at La Mama Courthouse Theatre in Carlton, April 7-12.

Michelle, a passionate atheist, arrives in Heaven, quite disappointed. She meets St Peta, who is unhappy about being misrepresented in the Bible, Jesus, who is a depressed stoner, and Satan, who wants everyone to know he’s actually a nice guy. Together, they decide to challenge the business of God.

CHARACTERS:

Michelle is a passionate atheist, motorcyclist and surgeon. She has a sharp, inquisitive mind and doesn’t put up with any bullshit. She is rational, not overly emotional, but she cares about what happens to others.

Saint Peta is a kind, welcoming soul who is eager to please but doesn’t realise she’s been a doormat for far too long. Though she is happy with her job, she harbours resentment that, due to the Bible, everyone thinks she’s an old, bearded white guy.

Jesus is depressed after 2,000 years of having to live up to exceptionally high standards. He is addicted to marijuana and just wants to smoke the day away, yet he can still command the room – he just needs a little push.

Satan is a dope dealer who just wants to bring happiness to people, one joint at a time. Despite what people think of him, he’s Jesus’ closest friend and is really just misunderstood.

God is, well, a bit of a control freak. She likes Heaven to run smoothly, even if she doesn’t exactly know everything that’s happening within its walls. She loves to argue and is always right, even when she’s not, and she’ll smite your hairy arse if you disagree with her.

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UNCOMMON TRIO NO. 1 (2019) for Flute, Clarinet and Cello
by Brendan Black

Melbourne Composers’ League concert, in association with the Sirius Chamber Ensemble from Sydney.
Concert: The Birds Will Sing Them Off
Date: November 10th 2019, St Oswalds Church, Glen Iris

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The Dec/Jan issue of Gourmet Traveller Wine features my piece on Yarra Valley-based winemaker Syd Bradford, from the label ‘Thick As Thieves’. Check out the article here and buy Syd’s terrific wines from his website.

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On Sunday 25th November 2018, I premiered five new musical works, three of which are included below:

FOUR CAPRICCIOS FOR STRING QUARTET (2018) by BRENDAN BLACK

SUZUKI EXPLORATIONS FOR STRING QUARTET (2018) by BRENDAN BLACK

12 VARIATIONS ON ‘POP GOES THE WEASEL’ FOR STRING QUARTET (2018) by BRENDAN BLACK