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Film Prize Jury Member and Indigenous Retrospective Guest
Meyne Wyatt is an award winning Wongutha-Yamatji performer, writer and director. Meyne’s debut play CITY OF GOLD (2019), which he also starred in, had a smash-hit world premiere at Queensland Theatre and transferred to Griffin Theatre Company where it sold out. CITY OF GOLD has been described as a howl of rage at the inequality, injustice and wilful ignorance of this country’s 21st century. It is an urgent play for our times from a vital and exciting new voice. It was shortlisted for the 2020 Victorian Premier’s Prize for Drama and is currently shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award. At this year’s Sydney Theatre Awards, as well as the CITY OF GOLD being nominated for Best New Australian Work, Wyatt won Best Male Actor in a Leading Role and Shari Sebbens won Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role for their performances in CITY OF GOLD. After graduating from Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art as an actor, Meyne’s performance in Lachlan Philpott’s SILENT DISCO (Griffin Theatre Company) earned him an award for Best Newcomer at Sydney Theatre Awards. Other theatre performances have included KING LEAR, BLOODLAND (Sydney Theatre Company), PETER PAN, BURIED CITY (Belvoir) and GLORIA (Griffin Theatre Company). Meyne’s television credits include the ABC’s tele-movie THE BROKEN SHORE (2013), and REDFERN NOW (2013), for which he earned nominations for Most Outstanding Newcomer at the 2014 Logie Awards and Best Led Actor in a Television Drama at the 3rd AACTA Awards. From 2014 to 2016 he also appeared in NEIGHBOURS, making history as the first Indigenous actor to join the main cast. Following this, Meyne appeared in BLACK COMEDY (ABC, 2016), THE LEFTOVERS (HBO, 2017), the AACTA award winning series MYSTERY ROAD (SBS, 2018) and LES NORTON (ABC, 2019). For film, Meyne has featured in THE SAPPHIRES (2012), THE TURNING (2013) and STRANGERLAND (2015) opposite Nicole Kidman and Hugo Weaving. CITY OF GOLD is published by Currency Press. Meyne is currently under commission by the Sydney Theatre Company to write a new play.