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John Banas

Writer, Actor

Beginning as an actor, writer and director in Kiwi theatre during the 1970s, John Banas increasingly focused on dramatic writing for television from the 80s on. After relocating to Australia, he established himself as a prolific TV screenwriter with a string of iconic shows, including Blue Heelers and City Homicide. His many New Zealand scripts include Bombshell and award-winning telemovies Siege and How to Murder Your Wife.

Scriptwriter John Banas did a great job … A terrific piece of television production and a part of this community and country's history which had to be told respectfully and honestly. And it has been. Roger Moroney reviewing telemovie Siege in newspaper Hawke’s Bay Today, 18 June 2012