Julian Larnach is a Sydney-based playwright and screenwriter. He is Literary Associate at Griffin Theatre.
Julian’s short film SAFETY NET premiered at Sydney Film Festival in 2020 and has screened at multiple film festivals in Australia, New Zealand and the United States; and at cinemas around Australia to critical acclaim. The film is directed by Anthea Williams, produced by Mischief Media and was funded by Screen NSW. Julian is now developing SAFETY NET into a feature film funded by Screen NSW and produced by Mischief Media.
Julian is writing several new plays including writing the stage adaptation of an award-winning Australian novel. He is under commission with Canberra Youth Theatre to write a new play which will premiere in 2022. In 2021, he is working with Bell Shakespeare on a large-scale new project to be directed Peter Evans. His play adaptation of Favel Parrett’s award-winning novel PAST THE SHALLOWS, is being developed into a feature film with Archipelago Productions directed by Ben Winspear and starring Marta Dusseldorp.
Julian won the Emerge: Riverina Playwrights Commission and the commissioned play, BENEATH AN OXBOW LAKE, premiered in Griffith in 2015 then went on to a sell-out regional tour and season at Australian Theatre for Young People in Sydney. His monologue, SOMETHING I PREPARED EARLIER, was produced for the ATYP’s Voices Project and published by Currency Press. His play FLIGHT PATHS premiered at National Theatre of Parramatta in 2018 directed by Anthea Williams. In 2017, Julian’s musical FOLK SONG premiered Outback Theatre for Young People; and IN REAL LIFE premiered at Darlinghurst Theatre Company. He was a member of Sydney Theatre Company's inaugural Emerging Writers Group from 2017 – 2019.
Julian has completed creative developments for new works with Sydney Dance Company, Playwriting Australia and Griffin Theatre Company, as well as dramaturgical secondments with Belvoir and Melbourne Theatre Company. He has been generously supported by the Australia Council of the Arts, having undertaken a JUMP Mentorship and received an ArtStart grant.
Julian’s plays have been shortlisted for Griffin Theatre Company’s Lysicrates Prize, the Griffin Award for Playwriting, the Edward Albee Scholarship and the PWA Re-Gen Seed Commission. He was an Affiliate Writer for Griffin Theatre Company in 2013 and Resident Playwright at the Australian Theatre for Young People in 2015.
Julian holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Relations from the University of Sydney, and a Graduate Diploma of Dramatic Art in Playwriting from the National Institute of Dramatic Art.