About Malcolm Broun
Born on Anzac Day, 1935, Malcolm Broun OAM QC CTuC (pictured right with his son Alex) was a respected figure in the Sydney legal fraternity and served on the Bar for over 50 years.

In an extraordinary life he was also an Australian junior chess champion, a former president of the Scottish Australian Heritage Council and a co-founder of the University Cooperative Bookshop.

Malcolm was also an extensive traveller, bon vivant, opera lover and patron, noted historian and sought after speaker and MC.

Malcolm sadly passed away on April 11th, 2014, aged 78. To read Malcolm's obituary, written by Alex, in the Sydney Morning Herald click here

As a writer he had many plays produced as part of Short+Sweet Festivals in Sydney. He also wrote screenplays, novels and poems.

This website contains his seven ten minute plays (five which have been produced), as well as a feature length screenplay, his first novels and a delightful selection of poetry.

To perform, publish or film any of these works please contact Alex Broun

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10 Minute Plays - Produced Plays

Malcolm has written five 10-minute plays that have been performed successfully.

Play Up and Play the Game (2002)
Ever wondered what goes on behind the doors of the security meetings held by the Palestinian and Israelis? Now you can find out in this refreshingly new play that looks at the conflict from a darkly amusing angle. Inspired by Sir Henry Newbolt's famous poem "Vitai Lampada", Malcolm's play is a very funny satire on the on-going strife in the Middle East. After all war is just a game too, isn't it ? The biggest game of all.

Malcolm writes about the play: "An Israeli army officer controlling a checkpoint between Israel and the Gaza Strip, and the local Palestine police officer controlling the same checkpoint meet with a discussion as to the score of terrorist outrages, deaths and explosions each week. There are a number of references to cricket as a training ground for terrorists. A black comedy."

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 2 male, 1 female

Play Up and Play the Game was first produced at Short & Sweet Sydney in 2004 at the Newtown Theatre, directed by Katie Gompertz with Gary Boulter, Marc Kay, Tarsha Carvey. Pictured is the 2007 production also at the Newtown Theatre, as part of "Love & WAR, again directed by Gompertz and with Kay (right) and Boulter (left).
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Sally (2004)
The story of Salome is moved to a gang of mobsters at the present time. A shortened version of the Dance of the Seven Veils is included and the severed head of John appears towards the end. Set to the dramatic music of Richard Strauss' opera "Salome". Malcolm writes about the play: "This is probably my most ambitious 10-minute play, which I directed at the Newtown Theatre as part of Short & Sweet Sydney in 2006. It is based on Oscar Wilde's Salome. The King Herod character from Wilde's play is the leader of a gang of criminals given the name Harry. The Sally character is Harry's stepdaughter (as in Wilde's play). The John the Baptist character spurns Sally's proposals and she arranges for Harry to have John killed. The two big scenes are: firstly, one of the gangsters carries John's head on a silver tray with a lot of stage blood dripping from it - that worked surprisingly well. The gangster who carried the head was an actor of originally Fijian or Islander size and appearance, J R Laventa, so that he suited the role very well. Sally also does a shortened version of the Dance of the Seven Veils. Music from Richard Strauss' opera Salome was also used. (Strauss died in 1948 so he is outside the 50 year rule for copyright.) We used a short passage from the overture of the opera, and while John was having his head chopped off, I used a passage from Bryn Terfel singing about his contempt of Salome as he is returning to the prison cell. The Dance of the Seven Veils was shortened to approximately 3 minutes. I had a very good actress, Heather Will, who is also a very talented young dancer."

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 4 male, 1 female


Sally was first produced at Short & Sweet Sydney in 2006 at the Newtown Theatre, directed by the author with Heather Will (Sally 'Salome'), Keith Harding (Harry, the gang chief), Daniel Balcaban (John), Jason Harwood and JR Laventa (Mobsters).
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The Club 2004 (2004)
Why do men behave like men? Is it really "The Game" that makes them aggressive and behave in an anti-social manner, or is it inherent and part their genetic make-up? An emergency meeting has been called to try and resolve the matter, but between the sexy female consultant and the constant testosterone flying around the room, a resolution could be out of the question! Malcolm writes: "An updating of David Williamson's play where the club committee is discussing what to do about large numbers of incidents by the players that have produced adverse press publicity. The suggestions including driving the players to the field in cages and chains ! Sedatives are not recommended."

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 4 male, 1 female


The Club 2004 was first presented at the Newtown Theatre in Sydney as part of Short & Sweet Sydney 2005, directed by Katie Gompertz with Paul Weingott, Marc Kay,
Rebekah O'Sullivan and Chum Ehelepola. Pictured is the 2007 production, also at the Newtown Theatre, as part of "Love & WAR, with (from right to left) Marina Margarita, Mary-Ann Halpin and Gary Boulter.
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The Girl Next Door (2006)
She could turn out to be the "right" girl but could she also be "the girl next door" ? A delightful romantic comedy for two actors. Malcolm writes about the play: "A man finds himself in love with his call-girl. They discuss what he should do about marriage. She recommends that he should court the girl next door as she is the most likely sort of woman to be able to form a permanent and loving relationship with. In the conversation and events of the evening it is revealed that the prostitute is in fact the girl next door."

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 1 male, 1 female


The Girl Next Door was first presented at the Newtown Theatre in Sydney as part of Short & Sweet Sydney 2007, directed by Alex Broun with Simone Oliver and Heath Miller. Pictured is the September 2007 production, also at the Newtown Theatre, as part of "Love & WAR, directed by Lauren Pfitzner with Maurizio Degliesposti and Megan Hipwell. 
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The Interview (2002)
Malcolm's first play, a stylish comedy full of trademark one-liners. She thinks she's coming for a regular job interview. But the position He has on offer is not exactly what She is expecting. Malcolm writes about the play: "A wealthy man inserts an advertisement for a high-powered personal assistant and he is so impressed by her resume that instead of an employment contract he proposes a pre-nuptial agreement. He also falls for her and they end happily ever after. Some good lines."

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 1 male, 1 female


The Interview was first presented at the Newtown Theatre in Sydney as part of Short & Sweet Sydney 2003, directed by Alex Broun with Dean Atkinson and Susannah Hardy. Pictured is the 2007 production, also at the Newtown Theatre, as part of "Love & WAR, directed by Suzanne Hauser with Hauser and Marc Kay. 
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10 Minute Plays - Unproduced Plays

Martyrdom (2009)
A son comes to say goodbye to his mother before giving his life in a suicide mission. She pleads desperately with him, hoping to change his mind:

"I can't bear the thought that your body is going to be blown up with a bomb strapped to your chest and back so as to kill a couple of Americans and their supporters. You were my baby. I suckled you on my breast. I cannot accept that your body will be blown to bits in some public place and that all my love and care is going to be lost, and what for? What good will it do?"

Duration: 10 mins Cast: 1 male 1 female

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Dividing the Furniture (2003)
John Sillar, a young solicitor, sits in his office patiently awaiting the arrival of another solicitor Ted Priddle. Ted has an appointment to continue the negotiations over dividing up the furniture in a bitter divorce case. But when Joanne Dalrymple, an attractive young solicitor and associate of Ted's, arrives at the office instead to represent the wife, John is in for a few surprises. Could this be the start of a beautiful friendship ... Or something else ...

Duration:
8 mins Cast: 1 male, 1 female

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Pick Ups 2006 (2006)
When journalists Jill and Jocie meet Michael - they think he looks pretty good. Until they discover he's a lawyer! But could their friend Unis, better known as 'Tubby', have the last laugh.
Inspired by Alex Broun's full length play Pick Ups, Pick Ups 2006 is a typically witty and urbane look at modern love and relationships - with the usual array of sparkling one liners.

Duration: 8 mins Cast: 3 female, 1 male

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Film Scripts

Romantic Comedy (2006)
Brothers Michael and Larry have women problems. Michael loves Joanna but she is far too busy climbing the corporate ladder. Larry's problem is that he doesn't know any women enough to have problems with. Then along comes Vicki, who has a big problem with something else - telling the truth. But she could end up being the answer to both brothers' problems. A delightful romantic comedy full of unexpected twists and sparkling one liners, very much in the Malcolm Broun style. Malcolm writes: "I have not selected a name for the film script. It is very much a romantic comedy. Two brothers are urged by their parents to do something serious about getting a wife or a permanent girlfriend. One of them tries simply to approach the object of his affection by directly asking her to marry him in writing and with a proposed pre-martial agreement. The woman concerned is the office dragon of his company and she responds to his direct and simple approach. The other son invents a non-existent girlfriend from a distant city. He arranges a week's holiday to go to that city by going to various sporting activities, he being an enthusiast for golf, cricket, tennis and squash. On the bus back home to the airport and then on the plane back, he meets a girl who has a similar non-existent boyfriend for the other city where she is able to keep away her family's urging that she should marry a man of her family's selection. The girl is of a Greek family. The boys are from a Scottish heritage family. The girl's talent is inventing extraordinary stories or lies about her relationships and people she is dealing with. She does a number of these stories to maintain a contact between the second son and his family by giving accounts of what has been their supposed relationship in the distant city and particularly how she has been persuaded ultimately to accept his proposal of marriage (which in fact he has not made). There are a large number of fairly funny scenes, particularly in relation to the invented stories told by the girl. The second son falls for the inventive liar and ultimately both sons are happily partnered."

Duration: 90 mins


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Novels

Respect (2006)
The current name for this, Malcolm's first novel. Malcolm writes: "It is what I call a philosophical sex and violence novel. Many scenes would work well for an 'R' rated action film. The principal character is a woman who had trained as an accountant and who begins, accidentally, as the bookkeeper of a large criminal syndicate. Because the mob boss wants to get rid of her and she knows too much to leave her safely alone, he plans to get rid of her and she, by luck, manages in the course of one night to kill the boss and his five main lieutenants. The ways in which she kills the five lieutenants are dramatic. The principal character is then referred to in the press as "Massacre Millie" because of her massacre of the six gangsters. She then has to leave the country and hide in Colombia in South America to get away from the heat raised by her multiple murders. In the meantime, she finds herself pregnant from her boyfriend who is a police officer from the home town. She finds or rather buys a husband from part of the money she has been able to steal from the former gang boss and stays living in the Colombian city (probably something like Bogota) under the cover of her new identity and her new husband, and uses her previously business training and experience from the gang to start businesses including restaurants, brothels, a bus line, a real estate agency, and a hair dressing salon (a great source of information) and some contract murders on the side. She establishes a garbage incinerator service which is effective for getting rid of bodies. The stories contain a large number of incidents including a venture into politics. Ultimately, her cover is breached by former business associates of her former boss and gang for whom she committed her first six murders. It looks like her career is over but a fortunate series of events saves her, including some politically acceptable killings of another four gangsters, but a different lot of gangsters, who were endeavouring to kidnap her. The novel is approximately 94,000 words. I refer to the novel as a philosophical sex and violence novel because there is much material in it as to how societies and associations operate and why the general respect that the leader has is an important item in the power of the boss. It is not in any way a psychological novel except that there is an explanation as to the psychological background and attitudes of the principal character, the "God Mother".


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Milliegrams (2006)
An addendum to the novel, Malcolm has collected a selection of Millie's useable quotes as to how societies and organizations work. It's suitably titled "Milliegrams".

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Poems

Malcolm writes: "I have written and distributed to family many poems, most of which are very ephemeral. Here are a selection".

Homage to A E Housman
Firstly, a short lyric which is an Australian version of A E Housman's well known lyric "Loveliest of Trees".
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Morning
The next one is again a lyric called Morning. A poem about waking up in the morning, getting breakfast, and getting a train and going to work in a large commercial area of a city. Some of the stanzas seem to me to be satisfying.

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Poems written on The Nile
These three poems were written during our trip to The Nile : The Quest At Luxor, To An Artist and The Vision in Black and Gold. Each is prefaced with explanatory notes about how the poem came to be written.

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Love Poems to my wife, Wendy
Three lyrics expressing my deep love for my wife of over 30 years, Wendy: Love Poem To My Wife, Written In A Birthday Card To My Wife and To My Wife On Our Wedding Anniversary 2005
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Birthday poem to Alex, on his 36th Birthday
A short fun poem written in honour of Alex's 36th birthday. A bit of fun.

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The Scotland Australia Cairn 1998
This long poem tells a narrative of the creation of a major memorial "The Scotland Australia Cairn" that involved many people in construction, concept and delivery. It is a long narrative poem which would probably not be of all that much interest other than the people that it is about. There are a few good lines.

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Aluminium Poem
A short poem about the history and versatility of aluminium, flexible as any flower petal.
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Other writing
   
There is no God (2003)
A fascinating treatise on the existence - or rather non-existence of God. Through nine chapters Malcolm explores the origin of monotheist religions and questions regarding what is God under the monotheist theories and do we need a Creator, before moving on to explore Design and Revelation. He then develops ideas on how God cannot fit into reality as we know it before proposing a new model by exploring the benefits of religion, what is there in place of religion and what is there to put in place of religion.

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The War on Drugs (2004)
"The press and politicians frequently refer to the war on drugs. To describe it as a war makes sense. Like most wars, it is very expensive. It has regular and large numbers of casualties and it seems to go on forever. It is a war of which there are many victories as various drug busts announce, but like many wars, the final victory continues to be elusive". A short paper on society's battle with illicit drugs and some possible solutions on how the conflict could finally be won.

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