Adapting Alibrandi


Looking for Alibrandi broke new ground with its honest and empowered portrait of an Italian-Australian teen coming of age in 1990s inner Sydney, speaking authentically about systemic racism in Australia from a migrant perspective. For generations of teens, the beloved novel (and later cult movie) is a foundational story. Its exploration of family, womanhood, first love, identity and othering still resonates with readers today.  

Now, Melina Marchetta’s novel has been adapted for the stage. In this special collaboration between the Wheeler Centre and Malthouse Theatre, Marchetta joins film actor Pia Miranda, playwright Vidya Rajan, and director Stephen Nicolazzo to discuss Looking for Alibrandi’s journey from page to screen to stage, the art of adaptation, and the enduring impact of this Australian classic.  


Presented in partnership by Malthouse Theatre and the Wheeler Centre.


Melina Marchetta Author
Pia Miranda Film Actor
Stephen Nicolazzo Director
Vidya Rajan Playwright

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Dates & Times

PANEL 6.30pm, Mon 18 Jul


Standard $15.00
Concession $12.00

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Merlyn Theatre

The Malthouse, 113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006

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Any train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.


The No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past our door. Get off at Stop 18. Any tram down St Kilda Road—jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a 3-minute walk.

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