the winner of
the 1996 WA Premier's Award
for Fiction, City
of Light, and
non-fiction titles, Dave Warner originally
gained national recognition as a musician-songwriter in
the late 1970s.
8 albums include the gold album Mug's
Game and in 1992 he
was the inaugural inductee into the WA Rock'n'Roll
Hall of Renown.
Dave has written
for stage and television.
first feature, Cut,
was released in March 2000 and
has been sold
has a number of
other feature film
screenplays at various stages of development.
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born in Bicton, Western Australia, in 1955.
He was educated at Aquinas College and grew up
an ardent supporter of the East Fremantle Football Club. Between
1972 and 1975 he attended the University of Western Australia,
graduating with a B.A. (Hons.), majoring in Psychology.
1973 he formed Australia's first punk band, Pus, playing early versions
of tracks such as Suburban Boy and Hot Crotch.
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.
In 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 musical ever".
Dave then formed, wrote songs for and managed a female trio, Pleasure
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
The 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 clubs respectively.
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.
2003 saw Dave
cowrite the screenplay for the feature film Garage Days
with filmmaker Alex Proyas (I Robot, The Crow, Dark
City). He also wrote episodes for the Channel Nine TV series
McLeod's Daughters and wrote the short
TV feature Roll, directed by award winning Martin
The past few
years have seen the production of another thriller feature film,
Ravenswood, which is yet to be released. Currently another
film, Brace (aka Dirty Girls) is set to shoot in March
2008 in Western Australia. Dave has been very busy writing for
television over the past few years, on such shows as Canal
Road, Sea Patrol and Packed to The Rafters.
Dave's first children's novel, Charlotte and the Starlet,
has been overwhelmingly successful, leading publisher Random House
to commission two more novels in the series.
lives in Sydney with wife Nicole, daughters Violet and Venice
and son Gus.
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