David Jobling

David Jobling

Actor, Art Director, Dialogue Editor, Director, Dramaturge, Film/theatre Journalist, Location Scout, Manager, Playwright, Producer, Script Supervisor, Set Decorator, Set Designer, Sound Designer, Stage Director, Theatre Director, Unit Publicist and Voice Artist

Adelaide, Australia

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About David

David Jobling Actor/Playwright/Dramaturge/Director
David Paul Jobling started his professional career at age sixteen as a designer and artist building elements of the John Martin’s Christmas Pageant in Adelaide. His theatre career has seen him work with companies as diverse as The Adelaide Theatre Group, Sydney Theatre Company, Griffin Theatre Company, Australian Nouveau Theatre, Darlinghurst Theatre, The Australian Theatre for Young People, Sydney Festival and Trans Express among others. In 1999 he graduated from the Playwrights Studio of the National Institute of Dramatic Art where his short play Heavy Petting was staged; and completed a Writing for Sit-Coms course at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. His other works as a dramatist include Mortal Coils for the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival, Dr Owning for cLUB bENT at the Performance Space, The Grip & Grown-up’s Playroom for the Adelaide Festival Theatre Centre in The Space. He was awarded a commission by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in the International Year of Peace to write Onkaparinga River which toured through schools in NSW and enjoyed two seasons at The Stables in Sydney. He was the Artistic Director of Brown’s lane Theatre, programmed Griffin Theatre Company’s D Week 1989 (bringing new plays such as The Boys by Gordon Graham and The Death of Joe Orton by Louis Nowra to the attention of audiences) and worked beside Director Wayne Harrison as the choreographer/movement director on his productions of Frank Hardy’s Faces in the Street and David Holman’s No Worries.
Most recently in Adelaide he has directed world premiere productions of Ephemera Stains at Bakehouse Theatre, 50Forever for Fringe World and the BlueBee Room which DPJ developed as a production, directed and co-wrote.
DPJ was a regular guest on the Ten Network lifestyle program Live It Up and has appeared in many television series including Home and Away, All Saints, Murder Call, Water Rats, Love My Way and Farscape. He also appeared in the mini-series’ Something Is Out There, The Dunera Boys, Robbery Under Arms and Sword of Honour. His numerous film appearances include Rolf de Heer’s Dr Plonk, Bruce Beresford’s The Money Movers and James Frawley’s The Three Stooges while his activities as a physical performer and visual artist has seen him work with photographers such as Jean Marc Dupre and Annie Leibovitz. His immersive art installation - #TheFitInRoom- appeared at Tooth and Nail Gallery in 2013.
David Paul was a ‘Talking book’ for the 2006 Adelaide Festival at the Mortlock Library and has produced and presented hundreds of hours of broadcast radio for Sydney Educational Radio, the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia’s ComRadSat and Radio Adelaide. In 2009 DPJ was awarded the ADF Long Tan Leadership Award.
He wrote, directed and produced Nicholby Hardup: The Files from my Cabinet, an original comedy series for 2SER FM with a cast that included such luminaries as Holly Hunter, Kate Fitzpatrick and Sir Ian McKellen. Spanning the last two decades his published articles and features for magazines, newspapers and the internet led Sydney Morning Herald Theatre Writer Stephen Dunne to refer to him as a,
“Cyberqueer legend” in the Pluto Press publication ‘Queer City: Gay and Lesbian Politics in Sydney’.
Jobling has also worked as a writer-in-community for the Australia Council and a writer-in-schools for Carclew Yoth Arts. He recently completed an Advanced Diploma in Professional Writing at AC Arts and has been a part of the team that have produced the Spoke Word Festival in 2011 and 2012. Currently his work can be found under the hashtag #JoBLING



  • Rabbit

    Rabbit (2017)
    Film (Thriller) Actor After a vivid dream, Maude Ashton returns to Adelaide, certain she now knows the whereabouts of her missing twin sister.

  • The Boy Castaways

    The Boy Castaways (2013)
    Film (Fantasy and Musical) Actor Four men are gathered in a theatre where they enact a twisted version of Peter Pan, singing songs to tell their stories, their wishes and their fears. They are aided by a talented but mysterious cast. It becomes apparent that the men are engaged in a dangerous game with their own mortality. When one of the men falls in love with the leading lady, the rules of the game are threatened, but the men's overarching desire to transcend their worlds and feel complete - once expressed - can never be controlled. Three of the men must experience what it is like to die, and for the other, the opposite. Written by Michael Kantor

  • Dr. Plonk

    Dr. Plonk (2007)
    Film by Rolf de Heer (Action, Comedy and Sci-Fi) Actor A scientist & inventor in 1907, Dr Plonk, predicts that the world will end in 101 years, unless something is done about it. A comedy in the Charlie Chaplin / Buster Keaton tradition.

  • Love My Way

    Love My Way (2006)
    Television by John Edwards (Drama and Romance) Actor A story about a group of thirty-somethings dealing with the ups and downs of life.

  • Birthday Girl

    Birthday Girl (2001)
    Film (Comedy, Crime and Thriller) Actor Internet love connections and mail-order brides rarely ever work out, and John should have known. Having never been lucky in the game of love and tired of waiting for the perfect woman to come along, John decides to take his chances and orders a mail-order bride from Russia online. At first, things seem perfect: his new bride Nadia is a gorgeous woman, and although she may not speak much English, her skills in the bedroom more than make up for any communication problems. When Nadia's 'cousins' unexpectedly arrive to celebrate her birthday, John is drawn into their web of corruption and crime. Written by Anna <dimenxia@yahoo.com>

  • Water Rats

    Water Rats (2000 - 2001)
    Television by John Hugginson (Action, Crime, Drama and Mystery) Actor Beneath its surface exists a playground for the murky underworld, a place of illicit rubbish dumps. pollution hazards, the remnants of huge drug hauls, and a graveyard of bodies from years of suicides, accidents and murders. That's the world of the WATER RATS, and elite bunch of 70 brave men and women guarding the harbour against all the elements that threaten to foul the blue waters. With the breathtaking actions stunts, thrilling races against time, chases across both waves and wharves, intrigue mystery, triumphs, heartbreak, love, lust and laughter, WATER RATS is a compelling drama from Southern Star and the Nine Network. Written by Rayne Constatine

  • Lost Souls

    Lost Souls (2000)
    Film (Drama, Horror and Thriller) Actor A group of Catholics go to a mental institution to perform exorcism in the murderer George Viznik. Father Lareaux, Deacon John Townsend, Father Frank Pageand the teacher Maya Larkin, who was possessed and exorcised in the past, unsuccessfully try to exorcise the man and Father Lareaux is deeply affected and falls into a coma. Maya brings the Viznik's coded writings and after deciphering it, she concludes that the writer Peter Kelson might be the Antichrist to be incarnated by Satan. She seeks him out but the atheist Peter, who has been raised by his uncle Father James, does not believe in her. But when strange things happen to him, Peter meets Maya and they investigate together the chance to save his soul. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • The Three Stooges

    The Three Stooges (2000)
    TV Movie by James Frawley (Biography, Comedy and Drama) Actor In the late 1950s, Moe Howard, the leader of the Three Stooges, is at a low point of his life with his film career apparently over, and he won't earn a dime from the impending big profits when his films are shown on television. In addition, he is being pestered by a young television executive who wants his team for a live show at his city. Amidst all this, Moe can't help but think back to the past starting from the beginning of the team's career with Ted Healy and their break from him to eventually having a successful film career in shorts. Yet that can't obscure the tragedy of Jerome "Curly" Howard's stroke and death or the death of his other brother Shemp. While he reminisces, Moe must decide whether to gamble on whether there will be a new generation of fans who will let the team to enter a new phase of their career. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

  • Strange Planet

    Strange Planet (1999)
    Film (Comedy and Romance) Actor This romantic comedy takes place over the course of one year - opening on New Year's Eve of one year and closing exactly one year later. The film focuses on three women living together in a house in Sydney and three male best friends. The men and women at the film's start have not yet met, but it is obvious that all will get together by film's end. The three women are all ending nowhere relationships with married men, older men, or just life's losers. One of the men is just a shy law graduate, one is a sexual conqueror who has just learned one of his conquests is pregnant, and the last is facing a breakup of his marriage. Through various events, each of the two trios end up together at the turn of the year. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

  • Joey

    Joey (1997)
    Film (Family, Adventure and Comedy) Actor Billy is a boy who is trying to save a baby kangaroo called Joey after its family is captured and taken to Sydney. Billy travels to Sydney to reunite Joey with his family only to discover that Joey is not the only one who needs to be saved. Linda, the young daughter of the U.S. Ambassador joins Billy as they fight to save Joey. Written by Anonymous

  • Thank God He Met Lizzie

    Thank God He Met Lizzie (1997)
    Film (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Actor Guy marries Lizzie. Dreamy Guy wanders around at his own wedding reception, recalling fond days of the girlfriend that got away; his long-time, de facto relationship with the warm and funny Jenny. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

  • The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas

    The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas (1996)
    TV Movie (Comedy, Family and Sci-Fi) Actor Get ready for some holiday spirits as the first family of fright rallies to show melancholy Eddie Munster (Bug Hall) some of the holly, jolly magic that only Santa can bring.

  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie

    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995)
    Film (Action, Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi and 1 More) Actor Six teenagers Tommy, Kimberly, Adam, Billy, Rocky and Aisha have discovered the power to fight the forces of evil. A giant egg is unearthed in Angel Grove. Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa investigate the egg, and release the creature inside - Ivan Ooze, whom Zordon had trapped him inside the egg six thousand years ago. Once released, Ooze left to seek revenge on Zordon. And now Zordon in his crystalline deathbed is dying because he has no power, without the power then Zordon of Eltar will never existed. Now the fate of the universe is in their hands. But this time the Power Rangers head for a distant planet to meet up with a bikini-clad warrior babe named Dulcea who imparts ancient wisdom and power. But now that they have their powers back and becomes Power Rangers once more they will now get back to business and defeat Ivan Ooze at all costs. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

  • The Blood of Heroes

    The Blood of Heroes (1989)
    Film (Action, Sci-Fi and Sport) Actor A Mad Max-esque post apocalyptic world provides the backdrop for a brutal, futuristic game resembling football. Rutger Hauer plays a disgraced former star leading a rag tag group of "Juggers" to one of the remaining Nine Cities for glory and redemption Written by Anonymous

  • Something Is Out There

    Something Is Out There (1988)
    Television (Horror, Mystery and Sci-Fi) Actor Two police officers investigate a series of brutal murders in which the victims have had bodily organs removed. When one of them questions a young woman who has been seen at the crime scenes, it turns out she is an alien from an interstellar prison ship and that the murders have been committed by a powerful xenomorphic alien which had escaped. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

  • Sons and Daughters

    Sons and Daughters (1986)
    Television by Reg Watson (Drama) Actor Dramatic incidents in the lives of the wealthy Hamilton family and working class Palmer family, linked by the long-ago secret affair of David Palmer and Patricia Hamilton and the offspring of that affair, twins John Palmer and Angela Hamilton secretly adopted into the respective families. Later more wealth arrived in the form of the Morell clan who managed to marry their way into the Hamilton family. Written by R Lindsay

  • Sword of Honour

    Sword of Honour (1986)
    Television (Drama and War) Actor Capturing the spirit of the age and the turmoil of the times, Sword of Honour tells the heartbreaking story of a nation at war, the soldiers who left their families to fight, the social upheaval and the emotionally perilous journey back home. At 21, Tony Lawrence (Logie winner Andrew Clarke, ANZACs) won the Military College's Sword of Honour. At 22 he was fighting in the Vietnam War with his best friend and Brother in Law, Frank Vittorio (Alan Fletcher, Neighbours), just as the conflict began to escalate. The horrors and carnage of the war leave an indellible impression on the two young men - ripping them apart from their families, girlfriends and country. Back home after the devastation of the battlefields, both men try to cope with life in their own way. Sword of Honour is a gripping 6 hour 4-part miniseries that will take you back to a time and conflict that created heroes and divided a nation. Written by Sande Baulch

  • Robbery Under Arms

    Robbery Under Arms (1985)
    Film by Ken Hannam (Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama and 2 More) Actor Fourth adaptation and first made for television of the classic Australian bushranger novel "Robbery Under Arms" by Rolf Boldrewood. Made by the South Australian Film Corporation during the mini-series boom of the 1980s and lensed in the Flinders Ranges, it stars Sam Neill as the infamous Captain Starlight. Written by Jamie Skinner

  • The Dunera Boys

    The Dunera Boys (1985)
    Television (Drama and War) Actor At the start of WWII the British Government decided to arrest all Germans in the UK no matter how long they had been here. Among those arrested were many Jewish refugees and many who were fully assimilated. This film records the story of a group who were sent to a POW camp in Australia aboard the Dunera. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

  • For the Term of His Natural Life

    For the Term of His Natural Life (1983)
    Television (Adventure and Drama) Actor In 1830's England, a young man from a good but troubled family is unjustly convicted of stealing a watch. He's transported to Van Dieman's Land (Tasmania) where he suffers under the enmity of Lt. Frere while falling in love with Sylvia, the Warden's daughter. Meanwhile, back in England, an imposter lays claim to the young man's inheritance. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

  • Money Movers

    Money Movers (1978)
    Film (Crime, Action, Thriller and Drama) Actor Filmed in Adelaide, South Australia, Bruce Beresford's adaptation of Devon Minchin's novel is a raw fast-paced independent feature with an all star Australian cast including Bryan Brown, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, 'Terry Donovan' and Tony Bonner. Story has a group of crooks plan a heist to steal twenty million dollars from a Security Firm counting house only to have the scam overtaken by a crime boss due to a corrupt police detective and the plot foiled by a wily ex-cop. Written by Jamie Skinner


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