Bill Bennett (director)

Bill Bennett

1953 (age 6263)

Occupation Film director, film producer, screenwriter
Years active 1983–present

Bill Bennett (born 1953) is an Australian film director, producer and screenwriter.

He dropped out of Medicine at the University of Queensland in 1972 and joined the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as a journalist. During a ten-year career as a journalist he won Australia's top TV award, the Logie Awards (Australia's Emmy) for Television Reporter of the Year, and then later for Most Outstanding Documentary. This led him to feature films.

Bennett has directed 16 feature films since 1983. His film Backlash was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival.[1] Three years later his film Malpractice would be screened in the same section at the 1989 festival.[2]


Bennett was born in London to Australian parents and brought up in Brisbane. He studied journalism and got a cadetship with the ABC in 1972. He spent two years working in Adelaide on This Day Tonight then went to work for Mike Willesee in Sydney. He then worked on The Big Country and The Australians before moving into feature filmmaking with A Street to Die (1985).[3]

Selected filmography


  1. "Festival de Cannes: Backlash". Retrieved 12 July 2009.
  2. "Festival de Cannes: Malpractice". Archived from the original on 3 October 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2009.
  3. David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p54
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