John Honey was born in Launceston and his media career started with ABC television in Hobart. In 1978 he joined the Tasmanian Film Corporation and in 1979-80 directed the acclaimed feature film Manganinnie. He moved to the USA in 1989 and produced, wrote and directed more than 60 television documentaries, and co-established the Wingspan cable television channel. After returning to Hobart in 1999, he was awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal for outstanding service to Australian film and television in 2001. He was on the original writing team of the television series McLeod’s Daughters and has written three novels: Paint, Threatened Species and Strings. Recently he has collaborated with composer Don Kay on two song cycles, and written the libretto for Don’s three act opera “The Bushranger’s Lover”. He is currently developing a feature screenplay for a Melbourne production company and working on a new novel.
Credit: G. Hansen, John Honey Collection
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