Osamah Sami


Osama Sami is an award-winning actor, writer, poet and comedian, born in war-torn Iran to Iraqi parents. His critically acclaimed memoir Good Muslim Boy, published by Hardie Grant, was the Winner of the NSW Premier’s Literary Award and Highly Commended at the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. His play adaptation of the book will be staged by the Malthouse Theatre Company and Queensland Theatre Company as part of their 2018 season. Osamah is also the writer (alongside screenwriting legend Andrew Knight), and star of Ali’s Wedding, which earned them the AWGIE Award for Best Original Feature Film. He is currently writing The Market, a 4 X 1 hour mini series for SBS (produced by December Media); When the birds aren’t free to be buried, a feature animation (Emerald Pictures); and working on a feature film based on his book (Matchbox Pictures). Osamah is recognised as a ‘notable Australian Muslim’ by the Commonwealth of Australia.

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Member - FEATURE FILMS - 2017