- In Conversation: Kev Carmody
Sunday : 4:15pm – 5:15pm
Brendan’s first ventures began with photography and music videos but he’s now recognised as one of Australia’s most versatile, critically-acclaimed and prolific young directors. Brendan’s short film Kulli Foot, which he wrote and directed, won the Dendy Award for Best Short Drama at the 2000 Sydney Film Festival, was nominated for an AFI Award for Best Short Fiction Film and screened in Official Selection at Berlin in 2000. It screened on the ABC on January 1st 2000 to over a million viewers. That same year, Brendan was nominated as New Independent Film Maker of the Year at the IF Awards.
After working his way up through the factual, documentary and TV commercial mediums over the last fifteen years, his debut feature Mad Bastards was part of the Official Selection at 2011 Sundance Film Festival. As writer, director and co-producer with long term creative collaborators, The Pigram Brothers, the film was picked up by US distribution group IFC Films at the festival. The film won the Independent Spirit Award at the 2011 IF Awards and received five nominations for the 2012 AACTA Awards, including Best Film, Best Original Screenplay and AFI Members’ Choice Award. Brendan was recently nominated for an ADG Award. The film was well-received around the world, Rolling Stone describing the film as “a beautifully measured take on violence and redemption… irresistible… a sublime soundtrack… a triumph in every sense”, Variety explains “the visually panoramic yet dramatically intimate Mad Bastards manages to wallop and warm at once” and in the Sydney Morning Herald, it is a “a moving and heartfelt story”.
Brendan has collaborated with top Australian creative artists. These include Russell Crowe on rockumentary feature Texas about Russell’s band Thirty Odd Foot of Grunt, the film screening at Sundance, Berlin and Sydney Film Festivals. He has also worked with Leah Purcell as co-directors of documentary Black Chicks Talking, the film in Official Selection at Tribeca and Sydney Film Festivals, receiving the Audience Award at the Sydney FF, the IF Award for Best Documentary and FCCA Award nomination for Best Documentary.
His television credits have included documentary series Judith Lucy’s Spiritual Journey, screening in 2011 on ABC, Andrew Denton’s talk show The Elders, also on the ABC, with guests Elizabeth Murdoch, Bob Hawke, Isabel Allende and Sir David Attenborough, ABC Art series The Art Life and Not Quite Art and lifestyle program The Great Outdoors.
He has also directed many documentaries for television. These include 900 Neighbours, which won the ATOM Award for Best Social/Political Documentary, FCCA Award nomination for Best Documentary (under 60 minutes category), AWGIE Award nomination for Best Script, along with screening in Official Selection program at the Sydney Film Festival in 2006. Further ABC documentaries include Kalkadoon Man, Piggy Goes to Oombi and Salt Water Country.