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Libby Munro

Actor | Writer | Filmmaker

 
 

All About Libby Munro

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Growing up on a cattle station in outback Queensland, Libby Munro has always known the importance of hard work, taking risks, and self motivation. After finishing her Bachelor of Business at QUT, Libby was then immediately accepted into NIDA and graduated in 2008. She has gone on to star in mainstage productions for Queensland Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company, while also touring nationally in commercial theatre.


In 2014 Libby won the Matilda Award for Best Actress in a Leading role for her portrayal of Vanda in the Australian premiere of Venus in Fur as well as winning the John Dommett Medal for Outstanding Industry Achievement. In 2015 she finished a sell-out extended season of the one-woman show Grounded at Queensland Theatre to rave reviews and another Matilda win for Best Actor in a Leading Role, 2016. Other theatre credits include Noises Off and Disgraced for MTC and Queensland Theatre, Dream Home at The Ensemble Theatre, A Murder is Announced for Louise Withers and Associates (LWAA), The Collection for the Nida Graduating Directors, and Gallipoli at STC.


Libby has been working consistently on screen - notably the lead role in one-shot feature film Eight which was recently selected ‘In Competition’ at the Atlanta Film Festival in the U.S., won ‘Best Feature’ at the Snowdance film festival in Germany, won the jury prize for ‘Best Feature’ at L.A. Cinefest, won 'Best Feature' at the One-Shot festival in Croatia, won 'Best Screenplay' at The Independent Spirit Film Festival and opened the Queensland Film Festival, and can now be streamed on Amazon Prime.

Libby has also played the lead in Mommy Would Never Hurt You that was picked up by the Lifetime Channel in the U.S. and airs nationally from March 2019. Munro has recently finished filming a lead supporting role in horror film The Unsettling in Los Angeles, and can be seen in the lead role as Claire Cane in American Action Adventure feature film Wild Woman being released late 2019. In 2016 the UK/AU co-production of the zombie western feature film Bullets For the Dead was released featuring Libby in a lead supporting role. Her other roles include the lead in Azure Productions award winning short film The Bind, Violet in multiple award winning short The Hunted (which Munro also wrote), and TV shows ranging from Hiding on ABC, All Saints: MRU, award winning comedy Review with Miles Barlow, and Fox TV series SLiDE.


Libby has been a film reviewer for Salt Magazine and their online counterpart Pepper for almost a decade. As a new member of the FCCA and AWG she continues to write and create her own work and has recently graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Screenwriting for feature film at AFTRS. In 2018 Libby had her first film script The Hunted developed with Guilty films, shot in NZ, which is now playing to critical acclaim in film festivals around the world.


Whenever home, Libby also helps run a cattle company with her 3 sisters in Queensland where they proudly breed ‘Brangus’ beef cattle on their home property near Millmerran.

 
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“It's the star performance from Libby Munro that seals the deal – Ives has written a brilliant female role and Munro launches herself into it with deftness and dexterity that must be seen. Munro stalks and whirls about the stage as if she were the product of an illicit relationship between a tiger and a tornado.”

THE BRISBANE TIMES

 

FILM

 

THE UNSETTLING

2019

Vivian (Lead Supporting) Dir. Harry Owens : Foliage Features

MOMMY WOULD NEVER HURT YOU

2019

MONICA (Lead) Dir. Daniel Lusko : The Lifetime Channel

WILD WOMAN

2018

Claire Cane (Lead) Dir. Nick King : Quail Entertainment

EIGHT

2016

Sarah Prentice (Lead) Dir. Peter Blackburn : Blackmac Productions

THE HUNTED

2018

Violet (Lead) Dir. Benn Jae : Guilty Films
Also written by Libby Munro

BULLETS FOR THE DEAD

2015

Jessica Dalton (Supporting) Dir. Michael Du Shane : Cathartic Pictures

BRANDED

2013

Kate (Lead) Dir. Benn Jae : Silo Productions

THE BIND

2012

Carmen (Lead) Dir. Michael Chrisoulakis : Azure Productions

STAGE

 

2017

NOISES OFF

Brooke/Vicki (Lead) Dir. Sam Strong : Melbourne Theater Company is association with Queensland Theatre (tour)

2016

DISGRACED

Emily Hughes (Supporting) Dir. Nadia Tass : Melbourne Theatre Company

Matilda Award Nominated: Best Female actor in a Supporting Role

2015

GROUNDED

The Pilot (Lead) Dir. Andrea Moor : Queensland Theatre Company

Matilda Award Winner: Best Female Actor in a Leading Role

2015

DREAM HOME

Carmen (Supporting) Dir. David Williamson : Ensemble Theatre Company

2013

VENUS IN FUR

Vanda (Lead) Dir. Andrea Moor : Queensland Theatre Company 

Matilda Award Winner: Best Female Actor in a Leading Role

2013/2014

A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED

Philippa Haymes (Supporting) Dir. Darren Yap : Louise Whithers & Associates

Australian National Tour

2012

THE COLLECTION

Stella (Lead) Dir. Mackenzie Steele : NIDA Graduating Directions Productions and touring company

2008

GALLIPOLI

Genevieve (NIDA chorus) Dir. Nigel Jamieson : Sydney Theatre Company

2005

CLOSER TO HEAVEN

Billie Trix (Lead) Dir. Simon Chan : Able Production Company - Musical Theatre Production

2005

TWELFTH NIGHT

Olivia (Supporting) Dir. Leah Pellinkof : Queensland Shakespeare Festival

TELEVISION

HIDING

Alana Pinder
Dir. Shawn Seet : Playmaker : ABC

SLiDE

Shazza
Dir. Garth Maxwell : Fox 8

ALL SAINTS: MRU

Detective Constable Rose Drago
Dir. Ian Gilmour : Channel 7

REVIEW WITH MYLES BARLOW

Carla
Dir. Jungle Boys : ABC Television

 

In the Media

Venus in Fur 2013

The Courier Mail

“Munro is mesmerising, spontaneous and provocative. Her capacity to switch accents and pop in and out of the foul-mouthed auditionee and classy Eurpoean characters is astonishing … Munro is a tour de force. Munro’s bold virtuosity prompted a standing ovation.”

Venus in Fur 2013

The Australian

“In the most extraordinary QTC debut in recent years, Munro owns the stage. This is the sort of fearless, thrilling acting that wins awards and QTC deserves plaudits for taking such a spectacular, and spectacularly successful, risk in the casting.”

Venus in Fur 2013

Herald Sun

"If you hear the name Libby Munro pop up in conversations, don't be surprised. The star of Queensland Theatre Company's latest production Venus in Fur is the toast of critics and audiences after making her QTC debut in the show. All leather and attitude, Munro is fast becoming theatre's new 'it' girl.”

Venus in Fur 2013

Aussie Theatre

“Libby Munro, a NIDA graduate of 2008, is surprisingly amazing, and dominates the stage. A relatively new talent, this being her first production with The Queensland Theatre Company; and yet, she has the on stage presence of a veteran, and gives a truly consummate performance. Though it might be a little too early in the year to call it; what the hell, I’m going to name ‘Venus in Fur‘ production of the year.”

Venus in Fur 2013

Australian Stage

“Libby Munro is a force to be reckoned with. Her performance takes you by the balls and owns the show. According to Queensland Theatre Company’s Artistic Director’s Welcome Notes, QTC have been trying to find the perfect role for Libby since she attended the general auditions two years ago. This is the perfect role. And her presence on stage is long overdue.”

Venus in Fur 2013

XS Entertainment

“Libby Munro is the complete package, a goddess, which is so exciting; especially at this stage of QTC’s 2013 season, in this highly anticipated premiere of David Ives’ Venus in Fur. Quite simply, actors of Munro’s calibre don’t come around often … and it was time. Wow! What a find! Can we keep her? As Vanda, Munro completely spoils us; she’s the ultimate seductress, with strong principles and a Pilates-toned Honey Birdette clad bod”

Grounded 2015

Absolute Theatre

“Rarely will you see such a powerful script acted by such a powerful actor. For 75 minutes Libby Munro mesmerised the audience with a one-woman performance that made the audience chuckle, sympathise, admire, and finally weep for her. It is in the transformation that Libby Munro excels. She knows her character, loves her character and with a flick of the wrist, a smile, a frown or a blazing cry or joyous laughter she slowly wrings the changes. She never recites the lines of the brilliant script she has learned but speaks them from the heart. She performed at times like a star pop singer. In the intimate space of the studio she made eye contact with the audience in such a personal way; it was like she was speaking to you and you alone. That is a rare quality.”

Grounded 2015

Tom Magazine

“Munro keeps us spellbound throughout, That seventy-five minutes goes by in what feels like fifteen. Munro has a rare gift for nuance. Her performance is pitch perfect. She’s hypnotic to watch and displays a stunning range. The last time I felt this way was watching Matt Hayden bat for Queensland. He wasn’t going to be playing for Queensland for long. Bigger arenas beckoned. There’s that same sense of destiny about Munro, who impresses here and is destined for bigger things.”

Grounded 2015

XS Entertainment

“If you want to see this year’s best performance and be part of the crowd who’ll say ‘I saw her first’ when she accepts an Academy Award one day, don’t miss Libby Munro in Grounded.”

Eight 2016

Calvin Su ATLFF Review 4.5 Stars

“Munro absolutely captivates the screen. Every struggle, every triumph is expertly conveyed by the Australian Actress.”

Eight 2016

Felix Hubble 4.3 Film

“Munro perfectly captures Sarah’s state of despair through her facial expressions, and strained, deliberate motion. It’s an engaging and mentally arresting performance.”

Eight 2016

Andrew Kemp ATL Retro

“Munro’s performance is so raw and tortured that audiences will find themselves cheering for each tiny bit of progress Sarah makes.”

 

Contact

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Australia
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