David Stevens, Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter on ‘Breaker Morant,’ Dies at 77

David Stevens, the screenwriter who shared an Oscar nomination for the landmark 1980 Australian historical drama Breaker Morant, has died.

He was 77.Stevens died Tuesday of cancer in hospice in Whangarei, New Zealand, his partner, Loren Boothby, told The Hollywood Reporter.Stevens also adapted his play The Sum of Us into a 1994 Australian Film Institute-winning movie starring Russell Crowe and Jack Thompson and directed the five-hour 1981 romantic miniseries A Town Like Alice, featuring Helen Morse and Bryan Brown.Stevens wrote the 1996 telefilm The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years and received an Emmy nomination for his writing on the 1988 miniseries Merlin, starring …

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