Iconic Australian actor Bryan Brown became an international success in the early eighties with critical acclaim from performances in a stream of Australian hits and Hollywood productions including The Thorn Birds, Gorillas in the Mist, FX, Along Came Polly, Two Hands and Cocktail. In a 40-year career, Bryan has appeared in over 80 films and worked in some 25 countries. This achievement earned him the prestigious Longford Lyell Award at the 2018 AACTAs recognising his contribution to Australian cinema. In 2021 Bryan published a book of short stories, Sweet Jimmy, to great critical acclaim. He will publish his first novel, The Drowning, later in 2023.
Venero Armanno is a novelist and academic at The University of Queensland. He has published twelve books and was the winner of the Queensland Premiers Award for Best Fiction Book (2002) with The Volcano.