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Name  Christos Tsiolkas

Role  Author
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Movies  Dead Europe, Head On, Blessed, Saturn's Return
Education  University of Melbourne, Blackburn High School
Nominations  AACTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Books  The Slap, Barracuda, Loaded, The Jesus Man, Dead Europe
Similar People  Patricia Cornelius, Ana Kokkinos, Andrew Bovell, Alexis Wright, Alex Dimitriades

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Christos Tsiolkas (born 1965) is an Australian author of Greek descent.


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Early life

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He was born and bred in Melbourne with his Greek immigrant parents, and was educated at Blackburn High School. Tsiolkas completed his Arts Degree at the University of Melbourne in 1987. He edited the student newspaper Farrago in 1987.


Tsiolkas' first novel, Loaded (1995), was filmed as Head On (1998) by director Ana Kokkinos, starring Alex Dimitriades. In 2006, his novel, Dead Europe, won The Age Book of the Year fiction award and was adapted into a film, in 2012. In 2009, his fourth novel, The Slap, won the Commonwealth Writers Prize 2009 for best novel in the South-East Asia and South Pacific area. The Slap has been turned into both an Australian and U.S. television miniseries. Barracuda was adapted for television in 2016.

Personal life

Tsiolkas is a Richmond Football Club supporter, and openly gay.


  • Loaded (1995)
  • Jump Cuts (with Sasha Soldatow, 1996)
  • The Jesus Man (1999)
  • The Devil's Playground (2002)
  • Dead Europe (2005)
  • The Slap (2008)
  • Barracuda (2013)
  • Merciless Gods (2014)
  • Theatre

  • Who's Afraid of the Working Class? (with Andrew Bovell, Melissa Reeves and Patricia Cornelius, 1999, adapted for film as Blessed)
  • Elektra AD (1999)
  • Viewing Blue Poles (2000)
  • Fever (with Andrew Bovell, Melissa Reeves and Patricia Cornelius, 2002)
  • Dead Caucasians (2002)
  • Non Parlo di Salo (with Spiro Economopoulos, 2005)
  • The Hit (with Netta Yashin 2006)
  • Screenplays

  • Thug (with Spiro Economopoulos, 1998)
  • Saturn's Return (2000)
  • 2006 "The Hit" Parallelo Theatre


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