Brown Cabs

Brown Cabs is an Indigenous production company telling stories in theatre and on screen, driven by John Harvey. We love collaborating with bold and risk-taking Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytellers. Maintaining a simple philosophy of story dictates form, we believe the journey (or the cab ride) of storytelling is as important as the story being told.



John Harvey

John Harvey is a Torres Strait Islander producer, director and writer in screen and stage. 

On screen, he produced SPEAR directed by Stephen Page premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival & Adelaide Film Festival, following his collaboration with Stephen Page on SAND, a chapter of the feature film THE TURNING.   John is a producer on THE WARRIORS  series for ABC TV.  He’s worked with a number of emerging Indigenous filmmakers producing 6 short dramas through Screen Australia’s Indigenous Short Drama Initiative.

He has written and directed two short narrative films: WATER (MIFF, Adelaide Film Festival, FlickerFest, ImagineNative (Toronto) and recently completed OUT OF RANGE.  He is the director and a co-producer for new web series KUTHCA’S CARPOOL KOOIROKE. He has directed 2 half hour documentaries for ABC and several short documentaries for NITV.  

He was awarded the Malcolm Robertson Foundation Writer’s Residency at Footscray Community Arts Centre and will present the new work MY HEART IS A WASTELAND at Malthouse Theatre in 2017.   He directed A LITTLE PIECE OF HEAVEN (Orana Arts) at the 2019 Yirramboi Arts Festival (Melbourne).  John co-wrote 2020 Sydney Festival hit BLACK TIES with the work selling out in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Auckland and is currently writing THE RETURN for Malthouse Theatre.   

John is a graduate of Producing and Screen Writing from AFTRS and was the recipient of the AFTRS AV Myer Award for Exceptional Indigenous Talent. In 2011 he received a Screen Australia Indigenous Producer Internship.