Dave Warner, Writer & Actor: 9th December 2003
Warner has made a great contribution to the Australian
arts and entertainment business.
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highs and lows of the entertainment business, technologies
role in promotion, and some of his current projects.
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Warner was born in Bicton, Western Australia, in 1953.
was educated at Aquinas College and grew up an ardent
supporter of the East Fremantle Football Club. Between
1971 and 1974 he attended the University of Western
Australia, graduating with a B.A. (Hons.), majoring
1973 he formed Australia's first punk band, Pus, playing
early versions of tracks such as Suburban Boy and
1975, Dave went to London and wrote many new songs
which expressed a clearly-defined vision of Australia,
including tracks such as Convict Streak and Oklahoma
which were to become more well known through his next
band Dave Warner's From the Suburbs. Suburban
Boy become the cornerstone of this new style of music,
which Dave labelled suburban rock. Warner's music
is probably best described as Lou Reed meets Tomas
Pynchon, while Bob Dylan has referred to Dave as his
"favourite Australian songwriter".
formed The Suburbs in January 1977. The group developed
a huge underground following, which led to Dave signing
with Australia's Mushroom Records in 1978. His first
album, Mugs Game, went gold within a month of release.
Dave's second album, Free Kicks, was released in 1979.
the original Suburbs disbanded, Dave followed up with
Correct Weight (1979), This is My Planet (1981 - reissued
as This is Your Planet in 1996), Meanwhile in the
Suburbs (EP - 1989), Dark Side of the Scrum (1989),
Suburban Sprawl (1990), Surplus and Dearth (1995)
and Loose Men, Tight Shorts (1996).
the release of This is My Planet, Dave Warner retired
from writing and performing music full-time, turning
instead to writing plays, novels and screenplays.
1982, he created The Sensational Sixties, an enormously
successful revue which toured through large suburban
hotels with Warner directing, producing and compering.
After another trip overseas came comedy revues with
Suburbs' stalwart Johnny Leopard, Australia's first
Murder Mystery Weekends and in 1985 Warner wrote,
and appeared in, the barn-storming musical The Sixties
and All That Pop.
show ran for six months, appearing at the Adelaide
Fringe Festival and doing a country tour of Western
Australia. Later that same year, Warner's rock musical,
Planet Pres, was produced by the WA Theatre Company.
One reviewer called it the "best Australian rock
then formed, wrote songs for and managed a female
trio, Pleasure Principle. In 1987, Dave wrote and
performed his one-man show, Australian Heroes in Sydney,
and made his screen debut with a small part in Boundaries
of the Heart as well as working on new songs with
Greg Macainsh (Skyhooks).
first novel, the crime opus City Of Light, was published
in 1995 and won the award for Best Fiction Work at
the WA Premier's Book Awards in 1996. That year also
saw the release of Footy's Hall Of Shame, a humorous
look at Australian Rules Football.
1997 Dave published another hard-edged crime novel
(Big Bad Blood) and edited an anthology of Australian
humorous writing called Great Australian Bites.
first in a serious of humorous, Agatha Christie-style
novels starring rock-star-turned-detective Andrew
"The Lizard" Zirk, Murder In The Groove,
was published in 1998, along with Cricket's Hall Of
Shame and 25 Years of Mushroom Records. September
1998 saw the release of three AFL footy-related CDs,
featuring tracks paying tribute to the Sydney Swans,
the Western Bulldogs and the St. Kilda Saints football
final year of the 20th century saw Dave take part
in a number film and TV projects, including the completion
of the feature film Cut. Racing's Hall of Shame, co-written
with Nicolas Brasch, was released, as was the CD Suburbs
In The Seventies - a double album featuring original
recordings from The Suburbs' 1977-78 period. Also
released was the secolnd "Lizard" Zirk novel,
Murder In The Frame. The first few months of 2000
saw the release of Dave's critically-acclaimed new
novel eXXXpresso as well as the horror/comedy/slasher
film Cut. He was also one of the chief writers on
the daily SBS drama Going Home.
has also been busy in 2001, working on the screenplay
for the feature film Garage Days with filmmaker Alex
Proyas (The Crow, Dark City) and for the telemovie
Balmain Boys, for the Ten Network and Columbia Tri-Star.
He has written episodes for the new Channel Nine TV
series McLeod's Daughters and is also working on two
international television projects with McElroy Television.
lives in suburban Sydney with wife Nicole and daughters
Violet and Venice.
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