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2011 Event Media Release - Alan Ball

Issued Tuesday, 19 July 2011

 Alan Ball: Vampires, Death and the Mundane
Concert Hall, Thursday 8 September, 7pm

Hear the creator of True Blood, Six Feet Under and American Beauty in-conversation with Wil Anderson

"Beauty is in the strangest places. A piece of garbage floating in the wind. And that beauty exists in America. It exists everywhere. You have to develop an eye for it and be able to see it.”

Sydney Opera House today announced that the Academy and Emmy Award-winning creator of True Blood, Six Feet Under and American Beauty, Alan Ball, will make his Australian debut appearance at the Concert Hall on Thursday 8 September. Uncompromisingly honest, engaging and provocative, Ball will appear in-conversation with comedian Wil Anderson.

A writer/producer/director/playwright with a uniquely subversive voice, Ball’s work has captured imaginations all over the world by laying bare America’s underbelly. He has used some of the most surprising metaphors seen on screens both big and small.

His first screenplay, American Beauty, launched him into global consciousness, picking up five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay in 2000.

Next came the groundbreaking HBO series Six Feet Under, which earned two Golden Globes and six Emmys across its five-year run – a remarkable success for this surprising show about a family of funeral directors.

Barely pausing for breath, Ball then moved on to his feature film directing debut with the daring and challenging coming-of-age drama Towelhead, before returning to HBO to create the dangerously sexy: True Blood.  This international cultural phenomenon resonates with all audiences, inspiring fan devotion and affection wherever it is shown.

Alan Ball: Vampires, Death and the Mundane is a unique opportunity to gain real insights into the mind and methods of the man behind it all – a complex and fascinating character who describes himself as "equal parts brutally cynical and achingly romantic."

Tickets on sale to the general public Friday 22 July / 9250 7777

Season Details:
:  Alan Ball: Vampires, Death and the Mundane
When: Thursday 8 September, 2011, 7pm
Where: Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall
Tickets: From $45 / 9250 7777

This talk is part of Sydney Opera House IDEAS AT THE HOUSE program. From art to architecture, food to fashion, blogging to books, comedy to controversy; Sydney Opera House presents the best speakers from around the world.

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