Brendan Fletcher

Director

Brendan Fletcher

Screen International listed Brendan as one of 25 "Rising Star Directors" from around the globe, following the 2011 release of his debut feature Mad Bastards.

Brendan is widely recognised as one of Australia’s most versatile, dynamic and prolific directors. Mad Bastards was selected for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. It was released here by Paramount/Transmission Films and won the Independent Spirit Award at the 2011 IF Awards; received 5 x AACTA Award nominations including Best Film, Best Original Screenplay; won Best Film at the Australian Deadly Awards … and garnered both Film Critics and Director’s Guild nominations for Best Director.

Brendan’s success with Mad Bastards follows an award-winning career in factual and documentary. He’s built a reputation as an outstanding collaborator with Australia’s top creative artists. This began with co-directing a series of documentaries with Russell Crowe (Texas and The Men Who Couldn’t Finish Things – which screened at Sundance, Berlin and Sydney Film Festivals). Then co-directing the Black Chicks Talking with Leah Purcell – which screened at Tribeca Film Festival and received the Audience Awards at the Sydney and Brisbane and the IF Award for Best Documentary.

In 2011, Brendan directed the ABC TV comedy-doc series Judith Lucy’s Spiritual Journey (nominated for an AACTA Award and a Logie Award) and Andrew Denton’s ABC TV biographical interview show The Elders. Brendan’s previous work with inner-city Sydney residents on ABC TV’s 900 Neighbours won him the ATOM Award for Best Social/Political Documentary, a Film Critics nomination for Best Documentary and a Writers Guild nomination for Best Script.


See below for a preview of Brendan’s interview.

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"I just met men who had changed their lives, really inspired by their families and I felt very inspired by that"

- Brendan Fletcher

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"Redemption has to start by taking action"

- Brendan Fletcher

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"There’s a certain authority and guidance and wisdom that comes from strong men in other men’s lives."

- Brendan Fletcher