David Stevens, Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter on 'Breaker Morant,' Dies at 77

The Hollywood Reporter | 7/21/2018 | Rhett Bartlett
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The writer-director also adapted his play 'The Sum of Us' into a film starring Russell Crowe and co-authored a novel with 'Roots' legend Alex Haley.

David Stevens, the screenwriter who shared an Oscar nomination for the landmark 1980 Australian historical drama Breaker Morant, has died. He was 77.

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Stevens died Tuesday of cancer in hospice in Whangarei, New Zealand, his partner, Loren Boothby, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Stevens also adapted his play The Sum of Us into a 1994 Australian Film Institute-winning movie starring Russell Crowe and Jack Thompson and directed the five-hour 1981 romantic miniseries A Town Like Alice, featuring Helen Morse and Bryan Brown.

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Stevens wrote the 1996 telefilm The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years and received an Emmy nomination for his writing on the 1988 miniseries Merlin, starring Sam Neill as the legendary medieval magician.

When Breaker Morant was released in 1980, the Australian film industry was in the middle of its New Wave — a resurgence that received particular attention around the world.

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The film, directed by Bruce Beresford, who also helped adapt Kenneth G. Ross' 1978 stage play, depicted the true story of three lieutenants court-martialed in 1902 for murdering Boer prisoners and a German missionary.

Breaker Morant, starring Thompson, Brown and Edward Woodward, raked in 10 AFI Awards, including best screenplay, director and picture. On Oscar night, however, the screenwriters lost to Ordinary People's Alvin Sargent.

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For The Sum of Us, Stevens captured the comfortable relationship between a widower and his gay son. It played off-Broadway, helmed by Kevin Dowling and...
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