Brown Cabs is a First Nations 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 is an acclaimed Torres Strait Islander writer, director and producer across theatre and film and the Creative Director of Brown Cabs. His theatre writing credits include: The Return (2023 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama); Heart is a Wasteland; Black Ties; and in theatre direction, A Little Piece of Heaven (2019 Yirramboi Arts Festival, Melbourne). He was awarded the Malcolm Robertson Foundation Writer’s Residency at Footscray Community Arts Centre.
In film, he has written and directed Katele (2023 Flickerfest – Best Australian Short Film, 2023 MIFF – Best Australian Short Film), Still We Rise (2023 AIDC Best Documentary / Factual Single), Kutcha’s Koorioke, Water, Out of Range, Off Country (2022 ADG Best Direction in TV Series or one-off documentary one off) and produced Spear (Toronto International Film Festival); Sand (The Turning) (Berlinale, MIFF) and a producer on The Warriors series (ABC).
John received an ACMI commission to create multi-channel installation Canopy and public 40 metre mural based on the work for Melbourne Metro. John is a Board Director of Bangarra Dance 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.