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Nick Enright

c. 1976 (printed 2004)
Robert McFarlane

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 48.9 cm x 56.7 cm, image: 40.1 cm x 50.0 cm)

Nick Enright (1950-2003), playwright and screenwriter, attended Sydney University and the New York University School of the Arts before establishing himself as a dramatist with plays such as Summer Rain and Mongrels. His scripts for film and television included Come in Spinner (1990), a film adaptation of his own play Blackrock (1997), and an Oscar-nominated screenplay for Lorenzo's Oil (1992), co-written with director George Miller. After the success of that venture Enright was deluged by offers from Hollywood; but he elected to remain in Australia, where among other projects he wrote the stage hit The Boy From Oz (1998), based on the life of Peter Allen, and currently playing on Broadway in a revised version starring Hugh Jackman. He also wrote an acclaimed adaptation of Tim Winton's Cloudstreet (2001). His distinguished teaching career included a stint as the Head of the acting course at NIDA (1993-94). He died in March 2003 after a year-long battle with skin cancer.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003
© Robert McFarlane/Copyright Agency, 2021

Artist and subject

Robert McFarlane (age 34 in 1976)

Nick Enright AM (age 26 in 1976)

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

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