Writer, producer, director

BA 1975 Hon DLitt 2007

Noni Hazlehurst I came to Flinders to study Drama in 1971, and was lucky enough to spend the next three years under the guidance of Professor Wal Cherry and his remarkable team. Amongst my peer group were Scott Hicks and Kerry Heysen, Gale Edwards, Martin Armiger and Bernard "Doc" Neeson.

I remember Alan Ginsberg addressing the students, hiding Vietnam draft dodgers, singing in a band in the refectory, staying at the Hall of Residence in the first year it was open (the first co-ed hall in Australia), and coming to the realisation that there was so much more to acting than just showing off.

My career since has had some wonderful highlights, including four AFI awards for acting and a nomination for directing, Critic's Choice and Variety Club awards, Logies, Best Actress from the San Sebastian Film Festival, working for Robyn Archer in a political cabaret in London, and an Order of Australia for services to children and children's television. I've served on a number of Boards (including Belvoir Street and Film Australia), and have been Patron or Ambassador for several children's welfare organizations (including Barnardo's, the National Playgroup Association, Jannawi Family Centre).

Most of my theatre work has been for the Sydney Theatre Company and Belvoir Street Theatre, and memorable film and TV projects include Monkey Grip, Fran, The Shiralee, Nancy Wake, Waterfront, Little Fish, and Candy.

Playschool {1978-2002} remains one of my favourite jobs.

I write, produce, direct, present, do public speaking and act in theatre, film, TV and on radio.

Much of my success is directly attributable to the time I spent at Flinders and I realize how fortunate I was to have had the opportunity to study there at that time.

Noni received the 2002 Convocation Medal and a Doctor of Letters in 2007.