Alan Ball, the brilliant mind behind True Blood, Six Feet Under and Oscar-winning movie American Beauty, is coming to Australia for the Wheeler Centre and Sydney Opera House.
For one night in Melbourne, Ball will appear at the Capitol Theatre in conversation with Alan Brough. Uncompromisingly honest, engaging and provocative, and one of the auteurs of the current Golden Age of Television, Ball is genuinely surprising and subversive.
His first screenplay, American Beauty, launched him into global consciousness, picking up five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay in 2000.
Next came the groundbreaking HBO series Six Feet Under, which earned two Golden Globes and six Emmys across its five-year run – a remarkable success for this surprising show about a family of funeral directors.
Barely pausing for breath, Ball then moved on to his feature film directing debut with the daring and challenging coming-of-age drama Towelhead, before returning to HBO to create the dangerously sexy: True Blood. This international cultural phenomenon resonates with all audiences, inspiring fan devotion and affection wherever it is shown.
Ball and Brough will discuss this wholly original writer/producer/director/playwright’s work and his ongoing preoccupation with death and suburban America.
Tickets on sale Monday 25 July at 9am
Alan Brough was born in New Zealand and is quite a bit older than he'd like to be. Alan has always loved books and, from an early age, wanted to be a writer. Then he and his Dad went to see Star Wars and Alan decided that, actually, he really, really, really, really, really wanted to be an actor.
After having been an actor for a while Alan realised there wasn't that much work for a 6'4" guy with a slightly lopsided face and thick curly hair so he tried his hand at directing, broadcasting, composing, dancing (true!), singing and, in an unexpected turn of events, being a professional music nerd.
Recently, he got around to being a writer.
One day he hopes to have a bio that includes phrases like 'bestselling', 'award-winning' and 'so successful that he recently bought a solid gold toilet' but, until then, he's just happy to look at his copy of Charlie and the War Against the Grannies and think: 'Cool! I wrote a book!'