Levi Van De Maar – noted industrialist and self-made billionaire – has died, leaving friends and relatives to circle like sharks for their piece of the empire. When a stack of his memoirs are discovered with instructions they be published, his cold-blooded widow, the family black sheep, an out-of-luck publisher and an uninspired illustrator all vie for their shot at legacy.

The Van De Maar Papers is an epic story of family, reputation, and ambition. Bonds are formed, plans are hatched, empires rise and fall all over a dead man’s gift to the world – a thousand handwritten pages of surreal, hard-core erotica.

  • black comedy
  • 120
  • 4 total
  • 2 female identifying, 2 male identifying
  • 18+
  • adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Male | 20s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 20

EXTRACT: One day I turned up ... Christine's at her desk polishing this beautiful antique statue. Something Chinese from my mother's collection. “I want to see my father,” I tell her. “Well you can't,” she says. “Go make yourself useful.” Normally, I'd run off, but this day I stood my ground. I told her: “You work for my family, which means you work for me. And I want to see my dad.” She stands up. She stares me down with those cold eyes. And then she lifts the statue over her head and smashes it to pieces on the ground.

Ron Huck

Male | 50s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 24

EXTRACT: Norton? Once, in my youth as a boy, I fucked a peacock. The experience was unpleasant; there was peer pressure involved. My tormentors said they would hurt my sister unless I acted and so I did. None of the other boys from my birthplace actually specified a peacock: they had, in fact, suggested a chicken they’d caught in a fox trap. I chose the peacock to impress them. Shock them, I suppose. I vaulted the wall of our town’s wealthiest denizen, crept up behind the bird and slaked my lust in their party garden.

Adult language, Adult themes



"...vivid and hilarious..." Jason Black, July 2019



"...tremendous in scope..." Lisa Thatcher, July 2019



" was wild..." Matt Pritchard, July 2019

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