Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law Australian Writer and Broadcaster

Benjamin Law is the author of the memoir The Family Law (2010), the travel book Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012) and the Quarterly Essay Moral Panic 101 (2017). He is the editor of the anthology Growing Up Queer in Australia (2019) and creator and co-writer of three seasons of the award-winning SBS TV series The Family Law, based on his memoir. He has a PhD in creative writing and cultural studies from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

In 2019, Benjamin was named one of the Asian-Australian Leadership Summit’s (AALS) 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australians (winning the Arts, Culture & Sport category) and one of Harper’s Bazaar’s Visionary Men.

Every week, Benjamin co-hosts ABC RN’s weekly national pop culture show Stop Everything. He also co-hosts online startup and tech TV show That Startup Show, and you can catch him on TV shows like Q&A (ABC), The Drum (ABC), The Project (Ten), Filthy Rich and Homeless (SBS) and the ABC’s two-part ABC feature documentary on Chinese-Australian history, Waltzing the Dragon. He has also written for over 50 publications in Australia and beyond—including the Monthly, frankie, Good Weekend, The Guardian, The Australian, Monocle and The Australian Financial Review.

Benjamin co-wrote the comedy book Shit Asian Mothers Say (2014) with his sister Michelle, and the sex/relationships advice book Law School (2017) with his mum, Jenny. He was a researcher and associate producer on Blackfella Films’ Deep Water: The Real Story (SBS), and a writer on Endemol Shine’s Sisters (Netflix/Ten). His debut play, Torch the Place, (Melbourne Theatre Company) runs during February and March 2020.

Benjamin is based in Sydney. He is a Pinnacle Foundation Ambassador, Plan Australia Ambassador and Story Factory Board Member.