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Mini Bio (1)
Began performing in high school and subsequently appeared in over 120 hours of television and fourteen feature films including Fred Schepisi's The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978), John Duigan's Mouth to Mouth (1978), Tom Jeffrey's The Odd Angry Shot (1979), Dusan Makavejev's The Coca-Cola Kid (1985), Fred Schepisi's Evil Angels ("A Cry in the Dark") and Bill Bennett's Malpractice. Turning to direction, he was selected from over a thousand applicants to attend the Australian Film Television and Radio School to specialise in Screen Direction. Completing his Diploma, he immediately went into pre-production on the AFC/PBL telefeature Double Sculls for Producer Richard Brennan. Since then, has directed the mini series Snowy and Bordertown as well as the multi award winning Phoenix and Water Rats. In 1992 he was the set up director on the PRO Films / Fremantle Corporation's Black Beauty which was awarded The International TV Programmers' Award at the 1994 New York Festival. He subsequently directed the pilot for Newlyweds which ran four seasons and was on the first season of Ben Gannon and Michael Jenkin's European Hit Heartbreak High. His subsequent work included Tales of the South Seas a UFA, Gaumont Television, Village Roadshow production produced by Darryl Sheen, and Flipper for Tribune Entertainment, Samuel Goldwyn Television and Village Roadshow. He directed the Paramount telemovie Code Red (2001) and the series, BeastMaster (1999) for Alliance Atlantis with Coote Hayes and The Lost World (1999) for Telescene Film Group and Coote Hayes. In 2002 he directed the 3 hr mini series "Bootleg" for the BBC and Burberry Productions. "Bootleg" was awarded the BAFTA for Best Children's Drama and went on to win the Logie and ATOM awards. He subsequently directed three episodes of the multi award winning Australian Children's Television Foundation's series "Mortified" and two Movies of the Week for the Sci Fi Network.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Sadie Chrestman