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Justine Saunders

b. 1953

Justine Saunders (b.1953), actor, has amassed a solid body of credits in film, television and theatre. For TV she has appeared in such in classic Australian series as Against the Wind, Number 96, Prisoner, The Flying Doctors and Heartland. Her extensive theatre credits include The Crucible (Sydney Theatre Company) and Marginal Farm (Melbourne Theatre Company). Her film credits include The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978), The Fringe Dwellers (1985) and Until the End of the World (1991). In 1985 she was named Australia's Aboriginal Artist of the Year. In 1987 she co-directed the first National Black Playwrights Conference. In 1999 she was the recipient of the Australia Council's Red Ochre Award, awarded annually to an artist of Aboriginal or Torres Trait Islander for outstanding contribution to the arts. At the 2002 Tudawali Awards, which recognize the work of indigenous artists in film, television and video, she received the Lifetime Achievement award.

Updated 2018