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Bovell, Andrew

Entry updated 29 October 2021. Tagged: Author, Theatre.

(1962-    ) Australian playwright, also active as a screenwriter, his credits in the latter capacity including a screenplay for the 2010 film version of Edge of Darkness (1985), a UK television tale in six parts in which the government has colluded with a multinational corporation to construct a highly-toxic nuclear power plant almost certain to instigate toxic pollution. Of his numerous plays, When the Rain Stops Falling (performed 2008; 2009) is of sf interest for its parlaying of narratives of family dysfunction into a dark vision of a 2039 world in the grips of Climate Change, personal tragedies being understood as a synecdoche of planetary dysfunction: what we sow in our lives, we shall reap in the world. The play begins with a Fortean moment (see Charles Fort): a fish falls from the sky into the Australian desert, but the rain is unlikely to last. [JC]

Andrew John Bovell

born Perth, Western Australia: 23 November 1962



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