Malla Nunn grew up in Swaziland before moving with her parents to Perth in the 1970s. She attended university in Western Australia, and then the US. In New York, she worked on film sets, wrote her first screenplay, and met her American husband-to-be, before returning to Australia, where she began writing and directing short films and corporate videos.
Fade to White, Sweetbreeze and Servant of the Ancestors have won numerous awards and have shown at international film festivals from Zanzibar to New York. Malla and her husband live in Sydney with their two children.
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Malla Nunn Revealed
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. A chaotic juggling act. Writing, children, dreaming, cooking.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Ubuntu: We are people through other people.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Being happy with what I have; right here, right now.
Q. What's your greatest fear?
A. Loss of a loved one, closely followed by bad reviews!
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Walking through the African bush, the smell of fresh rain in the air.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. The women who wash the laundry and heat the baby bottles while the bombs drop. They are the life force.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. My parents. They have survived hard lives with their humanity intact.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. Honestly, really, the thing is...
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Letting fear of failure hold me back.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. The ability to play a musical instrument and speak multiple languages.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. My family. Being a writer.
Q. What's your ...
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