James McNamara is an award-winning British-Australian writer, based in Los Angeles.
As a screenwriter, James is currently working on a new television drama with Matchbox Pictures / NBC Universal for Foxtel. Other work includes comedy and drama writers rooms for the Academy Award-winning See-Saw Films, ABC, Porchlight Films, Endemol Shine, and in feature film development for Icon Films. For the theater, James co-wrote 2012’s Radio With Pictures, which sold out at the Sydney Opera House.
James’s non-fiction writing focuses on American culture and politics. His essays and criticism have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, LA Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, The Spectator, The Australian, and Australian Book Review. Clive James acknowledged James’s writing on American culture as having “already made a global contribution to cultural analysis” (Play All, Yale), and Ian Hislop has described his political satire as “very entertaining”. James received the ABR Ian Potter Foundation Fellowship – one of Australia’s major long-form journalism awards – for his 2015 cover article on the HBO era of US television. His essay “Some Weird Shit”, on US politics in the Trump era, was the cover story of May 2017’s ABR.
James’ writing was honed at Oxford, where he held a Clarendon Scholarship. He received his doctorate in English for a thesis on vivisection and dissection in Early Modern and Victorian British literature and cultural history. He regularly draws on this research background for work on literary adaptations and historical dramas in feature film and television.
James also holds degrees in English and Law from the University of Western Australia, in screenwriting from AFTRS, and trained in comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in LA. Before becoming a writer, James was a trial lawyer specializing in international disputes for a top-tier US law firm. He is represented by Kathryn Fleming at TFA.
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