Robert Connolly

Writer/Director

Robert Connolly is the writer and director of the feature films THE BANK (2001), THREE DOLLARS (2005), BALIBO (2009), UNDERGROUND: THE JULIAN ASSANGE STORY (2012), PAPER PLANES (204) and most recently THE DRY (2019), as well as one of the featured directors on the International Emmy nominated mini series THE SLAP (2011).

His feature as writer, director, producer PAPER PLANES (2014), staring Sam Worthington, Ed Oxenbould and David Wenham, was a box office hit in Australia and went on to screen in the Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals before its international release.

Following on from THE SLAP, he directed BARRACUDA (2016), a four-part miniseries for Matchbox and the ABC, based on Christos Tsiolkas’s critically acclaimed novel, and the political thriller DEEP STATE for Fox, shooting in Morocco and London starring Mark Strong, Joe Dempsie and Lynne Renee.

Through his Australian production company Arenamedia, Robert produced the award-winning films, THE BOYS (1998), ROMULUS, MY FATHER (2007) staring Eric Bana and THE TURNING (2013), an acclaimed innovative feature film compendium of short stories based on Tim Winton’s acclaimed novel, starring Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and Rose Byrne.

Robert has also acted as an Executive Producer on SPEAR (2016) by Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Stephen Page, the feature film debut by acclaimed actor David Wenham, ELLIPSIS (2017), Zak Hilditch’s debut feature THESE FINAL HOURS and the Adam Cullen biopic ACUTE MISFORTUNE.

He also produced Arenamedia’s first TV series, THE WARRIORS (2017) for the ABC, which he co-created with Tony Briggs (THE SAPPHIRES) in collaboration with a team of established and emerging indigenous writers and directors, and GALLIPOLI for Network Nine and Endemol.

Robert has won AFI/AACTA awards for THE BANK, THREE DOLLARS, BALIBO, ROMULUS, MY FATHER and PAPER PLANES. As a director, he has screened his films in over thirty major international lm festivals including the Berlin, Toronto and San Sebastian International Film Festivals.

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