Magda Szubanski is well known to most Australians. She is a much loved comedian, performer and writer who created memorable characters and co-created international hit shows and films including D Generation, Babe, Kath and Kim, Fast Forward and Big Girl’s Blouse.
Beyond the screen, she is author of the 2015 memoir, Reckoning, which won many awards, including Book of the Year and Biography of the Year. In Reckoning, she writes about intergenerational trauma and coming to terms with her father’s history – as an assassin in the Polish resistance during World War II.
Magda was also a vocal campaigner for marriage equality during the period leading up to the 2017 national vote – making her 2017’s most talked about person. She also received the 2017 Liberty Victoria Voltaire Award for Free Speech.
Magda is an enthusiastic supporter of the work Phoenix Australia does in increasing the understanding of trauma and improving outcomes for people impacted by trauma.
“I know first hand about the effects of trauma given my family history. That’s why I am delighted to help raise Phoenix Australia’s profile in the community – they’re the experts in the area and I want to help them get the word out that people can recover from trauma and help is available. ”