Sean Guy is a Darwin-based author, playwright, and screenwriter with a passion for storytelling in all its forms. He's in the process of becoming a full-time writer, and although he's not quite there yet, his efforts have been recognised with an NT Young Achiever Award (for Career Achievement) in 2023.
Sean started young as a writer. Before graduating high school in 2011 with an International Baccalaureate diploma, he won the NT Young Author Awards for his region in three consecutive years; wrote three plays for local high school theatre classes; and on work experience, became the first sixteen-year-old to write a front-page story for the NT News.
Skip ahead to 2018. After many years of writing and editing, Sean's first novel Malediction: The Cursed Play was published, followed shortly by the Tower City Chronicles. Books 1 to 3 in this gritty, urban fantasy series are out now, with 4 and 5 due soon...
Alongside his novels, Sean is known for his work in theatre. His play Last Call has been performed in Sydney, and Darwin (with an adapted script that Sean developed to involve a deaf actor). Sean has written several other works, including Under the Table (NT Literary Award winner 2022), which has been performed in Darwin and Melbourne, Therapy-go-Round (performed in Darwin and Melbourne 2023) and The Leaving is in the Forgetting, which debuted in part at the NT Writers' Festival (2023) in Alice Springs. More shows are confirmed, nationally, for 2024.
As a co-founder of Darwin-based sketch comedy group Big Dog Salad, Sean has been part of several Fringe Festivals, including Darwin (2021, 2022, 2023), and Adelaide (2023). All of these shows, whether sketch comedy or full-length plays, have been very well received. 2023 saw BDS win the Super Producer Award.
Although new to the art of screenwriting, Sean is also actively developing projects for film and television. To date, he has completed a feature film writing contract, and several short films, which regularly show at the Darwin Deckchair cinema. His short films Enough (2022) and Hephaestion were funded by the SPARK short film program and debuted at the Darwin International Film Festival.
In Sean's spare time, he loves trivia, board games, movies, and writing biographies about himself in third person.