Bob Ellis (born 1942, Lismore, New South Wales) is an Australian writer, journalist, film-maker and political commentator. He was a student at the University of Sydney at the same time as other notable Australians including Clive James, Germaine Greer, Les Murray, John Bell, Ken Horler, and Mungo McCallum. He lives in Sydney with the author and screenwriter Anne Brooksbank; they have three children.
Ellis was a regular contributor to the Nation Review in the 1970s and subsequently contributed to Fairfax Media newspapers and National Times
His writing for the stage includes The Legend of King O'Malley (a 1970 musical play based on the life of King O'Malley (with co-author Michael Boddy), The James Dossier (a 1975 musical play based on the life of Francis James), Down Under (with co-author Anne Brooksbank) and A Local Man, a 2006 play about Australian Prime Minister Ben Chifley (with co-author Robin McLachlan).
His writing for television includes a miniseries The True Believers (with co-author Matt Carroll) and Infamous Victory: Ben Chifley's Battle for Coal (2008), with co-author Geoff Burton, made for Film Australia.
Ellis has written several films, notably The Nostradamus Kid