In Conversation with Alison Bell
Alison BellAlison is the co-creator/co-writer/producer/director and star of the award winning ABC and Netflix co-production The Letdown. Together with her co-writer, Sarah Scheller, Alison won the 2016 AACTA Award for Best Television Screenplay.The Letdown also won the AACTA Award for Best Comedy Program for both seasons 1 + 2 (20017 + 2019). Alison’s performance was recognised with the AACTA for Best Comedy Performer for her work in the second season of The Letdown, her fourth performance nomination. Other nominations include the 2019 AACTA Award for Best Direction in a Television Comedy or Drama for her TV directorial debut, (The Letdown). In 2021, Alison developed and led the writing team on the critically acclaimed Binge series, LOVE ME, now streaming on Hulu in the US and AcornTV in the UK. The show recently picked up 7 Logie nominations, making it the most nominated drama at this year's awards. She recently wrote and starred in an episode of Summer Love, an ABC anothology series, which will go to air this month. She has worked as an assessor for Playwriting Australia, a script consultant on theatre productions and short films and has contributed pieces to Marie Claire and Vogue Australia. She’s worked with production companies both here and in the US, including Sharon Horgan’s Merman, the FX Network, Kapital Entertainment, EKO, Giant Dwarf, Wooden Horse, Endemol Shine and the ABC. Alison has a play commission from Malthouse Theatre and several Television projects at various stages of development in Australia and the US. Her slate involves IP adaptation, original creation, comedy and drama. Prior to making The Letdown Alison was best known for her dramatic work on the stage, for which she won multiple Helpmann and Greenroom Awards, as well as her starring role in the AACTA Award winning comedy Laid. She has guest starred in many Australian series and her US credits include the HBO’s The Leftovers, No Activity for CBS All Access and the reboot of Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories on AppleTV+. She can be seen in the upcoming ABC drama, Significant Others, airing this October.