John Harvey is of Saibai Island (Torres Strait) and English descent and is a director, producer and writer across stage and screen. He is the Creative Director of Brown Cabs an independent Indigenous production
In theatre, John has written and produced the highly acclaimed Heart is a Wasteland (Brown Cabs / Malthouse Theatre, 2017). John co-wrote 2020 Sydney Festival hit Black Ties (Ilbijerri Theatre / Te Rehia
Theatre) with the work selling out in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Auckland and Wellington. John is currently writing The Return for Malthouse Theatre. He directed A Little Piece of Heaven (Orana Arts) for the Yirramboi Festival (Melbourne). He produced My Lovers’ Bones for 2014 Melbourne Festival.
John has written and directed the short drama Water (ABC, Melbourne
International Film Festival, Adelaide FF, ImagineNative Film & Arts Festival — Toronto). His second short drama Out of Range (SBS / Film Victoria) screened at: SBS Short Film Festival; MIFF; Tampere Film Festival (Finland); St Kilda Film Festival winning Best Indigenous Short Film; and at The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival winning Best Short Film. John is the director and coproducer of web series Kutcha’s Carpool Koorioke. John is the co-director and co-producer of documentary Off Country (MIFF / NITV). He has directed Light From the Shadows (ABC Artscape) and Menny and the Bundaroos (ABC) as well as several short form documentaries for NITV.
John produced the highly acclaimed debut feature film from Stephen Page (Bangarra Dance) Spear (TIFF, Adelaide Film Festival), and was a producer on ABC TV Series The Warriros (Arenamedia). He produced the chapter Sand for the omnibus feature film The Turning (Berlinale, MIFF) along with several Indigenous short films.
John was commissioned by ACMI (Australian Centre for Moving Image,
Melbourne) to create Canopy, a multi-channel video installation work for the new centre. He collaborated with Torres Strait Islander Ricardo Idagi creating the video element of Idagi’s 2011 New Media Telstra Award Winning work.
Heart is a Wasteland by John Harvey
with Original Songs by Lydia Fairhall
Storytelling and live music combine in a cross-country, whisky-fuelled love story.