Brendan is one of Australia’s most versatile and dynamic film-makers. His debut film Mad Bastards about an Aboriginal father’s attempt to reconnect with his son, was the culmination of 12 years working with the Indigenous communities of the Kimberly region.
Brendan’s experience working on Indigenous projects also includes co- directing Black Chicks Talking with Leah Purcell – which screened at Tribeca Film Festival in New York and won the Audience Awards at the Sydney and Brisbane Film Festivals and the IF Award for Best Documentary.
He also co-wrote and directed the live show Cannot Buy My Soul with acclaimed Aboriginal musician Kev Carmody (starring Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins and John Butler), which was invited to the Sydney Festival in 2009 and Queensland Music Festival in 2010.
Brendan’s “warts and all” work with embattled inner-city residents from the Northcott Housing estate on ABC TV’s social documentary 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.
Screen International listed Brendan as one of 25 “Rising Stars” from around the globe following the 2011 release of his debut feature Mad Bastards, alongside US indie Brit Marling and Australia’s own Justin Kurzel.
Mad Bastards was selected for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in the World Dramatic Cinema Competition. It sold for distribution in America with Indie giant IFC films and was released locally by Paramount/Transmission Films. It won the Independent Spirit Award at the 2011 IF Awards; received 5 x AACTA Award nominations including Best Film and Best Original Screenplay; won Best Film at the Deadly Awards and garnered both Film Critics and Director’s Guild nominations for Best Director.
Brendan’s current project is the animation film of Oscar Wilde’s, ‘The Nightingale and The Rose’, which Brendan is directing with two-time Archibald-winning artist Del Kathryn Barton.
The film, fully-funded by Screen Australia, stars Mia Wasikowska and Geoffrey Rush. It’s the first time that acclaimed painter Barton has taken her ground-breaking work into the animation medium. The score is written and performed by multi- award winning musician Sarah Blasko.
Brendan’s most recent collaboration with Barton The Human Dress premiered at the February 2014 Adelaide Biennale – a film they made together with Better Man lead actor Remy Hii.
Brendan’s television career also spans a range of shows and genres. 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 previous to that he directed Andrew Denton’s ABC TV biographical interview show The Elders.
He’s also directed a series of The Great Outdoors for Network Seven including location shoots in India, Russia, New Zealand Arnhem Land and Las Vegas.
Brendan’s record of collaboration with heavy-weight Australian creative talent has a long and impressive history. Brendan co-directed two documentaries with Academy Award winner Russell Crowe (Texas and The Men Who Couldn’t Finish Things) that screened at Sundance, Berlin and Sydney Film Festivals.