Malane, Donna

Malane, Donna

In Brief

Award-winning screenwriter, Donna Malane, has published books for adults and young adults. She has written scripts for comedy, drama and documentary programmes. Her television credits include the ‘Shadow of Doubt’ episode of the series ‘Duggan’, which won the Best Drama Script award at the 2000 TV Guide Awards. Alien Time (2001) is her young adult novel, and her book The Girl's Guide to Rugby (2000) takes an irreverent look at New Zealand's national sport. Malane's first novel for adult readers, Surrender, won the inaugural New Zealand Society of Authors-Pindar Publishing prize in 2010.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Malane, Donna (1955 - ) is an award-winning screenwriter who has also published books for adults and young adults.

Her television credits include the 'Shadow of Doubt' episode of the series 'Duggan', which won the Best Drama Script award at the 2000 TV Guide Awards. She has written scripts for comedy, drama and documentary programmes. In 2008 Donna Malane and Paula Boock, as Lippy Pictures Ltd, wrote and produced the feature length drama Until Proven Innocent. Until Proven Innocent was awarded Best Drama Programme at the Qantas Film and Television Awards 2009.

The Girls Guide to Rugby (2000), subtitled The Laywoman's Complete Guide to the 'Game of Two Halves', takes an irreverent look at New Zealand's national sport.

'Donna Malane has a rich field to exploit...' writes Kate Camp in the Evening Post. 'I'm sure any female rugby fan will be glad to get it "up the jumper".'

Alien Time (2001) is a young adult novel that uses the appearance of an alien to highlight the very earthly issues of friendship and family loyalty.

Donna Malane's first novel for adult readers, Surrender, was first published by Pindar in 2010 and then republished by Harper Collins in 2012. The book won the inaugural New Zealand Society of Authors-Pindar Publishing prize in 2010.

Her second novel My Brother's Keeper was published by Harper Collins in 2013. Craig Sisterson reviewed the book, 'Repeatedly shifting between Wellington and Auckland, My Brother’s Keeper twists on itself several times, keeping the reader guessing as it builds to a finale where past and present collide. Reviewer-style words like ‘gripping’ and ‘intriguing’ would be easy to use, but let’s keep it simple: if you’re a crime fiction fan, this is well worth a read'.

Last updated: June 2013

MEDIA LINKS AND CLIPS

  • Lippy Pictures site
  • Donna Malane's profile on the Harper Collins NZ site
  • Donna Malane's profile on the NZ On Screen site

Updated January 2017.