Carroll, Dennis. “David Williamson.” In Australian Contemporary Drama, 1909-1982. New York: Peter Lang, 1985. Focuses on Williamson’s depiction of the “ocker”—the stereotypical Australian male proud to be a colonial bumpkin—loud, rude, uncouth, uncultured, and generally obnoxious. A limited discussion.
Fitzpatrick, Peter. “Styles of Love: New Directions in David Williamson.” In Contemporary Australian Drama, edited by Peter Holloway. Rev. ed. Sydney: Currency Press, 1987. In addition to discussing Williamson’s early plays, the article explores the playwright’s reputation and the criticism that his work is repetitious and slick, charges made against him all through his career.
Fitzpatrick, Peter, ed. Williamson. North Ryde, Australia: Methuen Australia, 1987. Describes Williamson as a “storyteller to the tribe” and “a shaper of cultural images.” Uses this approach to analyze the plays to The Perfectionist, focusing on their handling of “ockerism,” meaningful human relationships, and public institutions. The appendices provide a chronology of Williamson’s career and a survey of the plays in performance. Select bibliography.
Kiernan, Brian. David Williamson: A Writer’s Career. Melbourne, Australia: Heinemann, 1990. Rev. ed. Paddington, Australia: Currency Press, 1996. Called a “critical biography,” this comprehensive study chronicles Williamson’s personal life along with his development as a writer. Discusses each of the plays, providing background on productions as well as interpretation. Provides extensive information on Williamson’s film and television career. Bibliographical materials. Most complete work on Williamson.
Kiernan, Brian. “David Williamson: Satiric Comedies.” In International Literature in English: Essays on the Major Writers, edited by Robert Ross. New York: Garland Press, 1991. Contains a biographical sketch, an essay on the plays through 1989, a primary bibliography, and an annotated secondary bibliography. Kiernan argues that while the plays are highly “accessible” on any level, they exceed both satire and comedy to combine those forms into an original drama with a rare “human dimension.”
Montesano, A. P. “A Dangerous Life.” American Film 13 (November, 1988): 8. Examines “A Dangerous Life,” the documentary about the fall of the Ferdinand Marcos regime, and compares it to Williamson’s screenplay, The Year of Living Dangerously.
Zuber-Skerritt, Ortrun, ed. David Williamson. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1988. Offers excerpts from selected talks and articles by, and interviews with, Williamson. Provides an extensive bibliography of newspaper and magazine articles as well as international reviews.