Martin Sherman is a screen writer and playwrite who was born 1939 in Philadelphia, Pensylvania, USA. He is openly gay has lived in London since 1980. He is the son Joseph T Sherman and Julia Shermanof. He attended the School of Fine Arts, Boston University Boston, and achieved a Massachusetts BFA dramatic arts 1960
His most successful movie is his original script Alive and Kicking/Indian Summer of which he wrote the script for. For Broadway and West End he is best known for Bent The play was the first to deal with the treatment of homosexuals by the Nazis during WWII. Set primarily in a concentration camp, it garnered controversy over two scenes in which the gay inmates achieve climax by words. He has also written the book for The Boy from Oz.
Sherman has written two collections of Gay Plays. Often his plays and movies contian themes of homosexuality.
Writer - filmography
- Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)... aka Mrs Henderson Presents (USA)
- The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (2003) (TV)
- Callas Forever (2002) (scenario)... aka Callas Forever (Spain)
- Bent (1997) (also a play)
- Indian Summer (1996)... aka Alive and Kicking (UK) (USA)
- Clothes in the Wardrobe (1992) (TV)... aka The Summer House (Australia) (USA)
Producer - filmography
- Bent (1997) (co-producer)
Actor - filmography
- Indian Summer (1996) .... Man At Pub... aka Alive and Kicking (UK) (USA)
- The 58th Annual Tony Awards (2004) (TV) .... Nominee for Best Book of a Musical by 'The Boy from Oz'... aka The 2004 Tony Awards (USA)
- Ruby, - Episode #3.12 (1999) TV Episode .... Himself, - Episode #1.11 (1997) TV Episode .... Himself
- His drama, Rose, performed by the Royal National Theatre, Cottesloe Stage, was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2000 (1999 season) for Best New Play.
- He adapted Luigi Pirandello's Absolutely (perhaps) into a new version and was performed at the Wyndham Theatre and was nominated for 2004 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Revival of 2003.
- Was nominated for Broadway's 1980 Tony Award as author of Best Play nominee "Bent."
- Tony nominee for best musical for the book of "The Boy from Oz"
- "Well, I'm not sure that Brokeback Mountain and Capote really qualify as gay films. Brokeback Mountain is about two straight men who happen to have a gay affair, and Capote is about an author, who happens to be gay, going to any lengths to get his story."