|Name Davida Allen|
|Education Stuartholme School|
Movies Feeling Sexy
|Artwork Death of my father, My father-in-law watering his garden|
Similar People William Robinson, Rick Amor, David Malouf, Susie Porter, Amanda Muggleton
Davida Frances Allen (born 20 October 1951 in Charleville, Queensland), is an Australian painter, film maker and writer.
Allen studied under Betty Churcher at the Stuartholme School, Brisbane (1965–69) and later under Roy Churcher (Betty Churcher's husband) at Brisbane Central Technical College. She won the Archibald Prize in 1986 for her portrait of her father-in-law Dr John Shera (My father-in-law watering his garden). Allen has written and illustrated two books, and has created a 50-minute film, Feeling Sexy (1999), on the struggles of an artist attempting to reconcile the conflicting demands of bohemia and suburbia. At the 1999 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards, she was nominated for the award for "Best Direction" for that film and she won the "Best Original Screenplay" award. The film was also invited to the Venice Film Festival.
She frequently confronts the themes of family and sexuality; regarding the latter she has said: "if we are truly feminist in the fullest sense of the word, we shouldn't have felt we had to lock it away or be really careful about it. We should be chauvinist in our womanhood." Allen is represented in most major public collections in Australia.