Former Media RING Coordinator, Kodie Bedford wins the prestigious Balnaves Foundation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fellowship

The Fellowship includes a $25,000 paid residency at Belvoir, working across production, programming and development in 2019 as she develops her new play, CURSED!

Ms. Bedford has extensive experience in network television, having worked for SBS (WORLD NEWS AUSTRALIA, LIVING BLACK) and ABC TV (MESSAGE STICKS, NAIDOC Special), and has most recently written for MYSTERY ROAD, GRACE BESIDE ME, THE SLOT and is a writer of numerous projects in development.

Selected from a pool of 13 submissions, Ms. Bedford has been awarded the fellowship by a panel comprising of Kylie Bracknell [Kaarljilba Kaardn], Guy Simon, and Belvoir’s Artistic Director Eamon Flack, Head of New Work, Louise Gough and Artistic Associate Dom Mercer.

Ms. Bedford’s new play CURSED!, is about death, family and mental illness through inappropriate anecdotes and black comedy. An estranged family is called and gathers in Geraldton WA, when their Grandmother is in the final days of her life. Three siblings from a blended family face family secrets and revelations while understanding the legacy of mental illness – all through a rich dark humour, laced with real pain and a serious subject. A story for everyone with a “crazy” family.

The Balnaves Foundation has given over $1 million dollars towards the creation of Indigenous theatre at Belvoir to date. Hamish Balnaves, CEO of the Foundation, said “Since 2012, the Balnaves Award has been attracting entrants of the highest calibre including Leah Purcell, Nakkiah Lui, Jada Alberts, Megan Wilding, Katie Beckett and Ursula Yovich. The vision of the award is to elevate Indigenous story-telling in the arts which is critically important in fostering understanding and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

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