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 Eleanor Witcombe

Eleanor Witcombe

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Eleanor Witcombe was born in South Australia, but left home in 1939 to live first in Brisbane and then in Sydney. She began writing plays for children in 1948, and was writing for radio at the time of her departure for England in 1952. On her return to Sydney in 1957, she wrote for radio, co-wrote two stage shows, and in 1963 adapted Smugglers Beware for television. This was followed by a long spell with the Mavis Bramston Show and its sequels. Other television credits include her adaptation of Seven Little Australians and writing for Number 96. One of her first film scripts was The Getting of Wisdom. Her screenplay adaptation of Miles Franklin’s novel My Brilliant Career produced a landmark Australian film. In 1979 it won six AFI Awards including Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Achievement in Direction. My Brilliant Career: The Screenplay is part of the UQP Screenplay series, and was published in 1992.