Screen International listed Brendan as one of 25 “Rising Stars” from around the globe following the 2011 release of his debut feature Mad Bastards.
Mad Bastards was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. 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 Film Critics and Director’s Guild nominations for Best Director.
Brendan’s latest film Oscar Wilde's The Nightingale and The Rose stars Mia Wasikowska, Geoffrey Rush and David Wenham and has its World Premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival 2015. It is a short animation made in collaboration with two-time Archibald-winning artist Del Kathryn Barton and features a haunting original score from multi-platinum Australian songstress Sarah Blasko. The film was Awarded Best Australian Short Film at the 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival.
Brendan has a long-standing reputation as a collaborator with top Australian talent. This began with Brendan co-directing a series of documentaries with Russell Crowe (Texas and The Men Who Couldn't Finish Things) followed by the award-winning documentary Black Chicks Talking co-directed with Leah Purcell which World Premiered at the Inaugural Tribeca Film Festival.
This follows a robust career in television and documentary including ABC TV award-winners: 900 Neighbours, Judith Lucy's Spiritual Journey and The Elders. . Brendan’s love of music has also seen him direct music videos for some of Australia’s leading musicians Sarah Blasko, Kasey Chambers, Alex Lloyd and The Pigram Brothers. Brendan often produces his films as well, and Barefoot Communications is the company home for all of his work.
Brendan is currently developing a range of feature drama and TV projects with Australian and International production partners.
KEV CARMODY: SONGMAN / 2015
World Premiere: Adelaide Film Festival
MOTHER'S DAY / 2015
Produced by Brendan Fletcher, Directed by Paul Bell
Premiere screening ABC Australian Story.
OSCAR WILDE’S THE NIGHTINGALE AND THE ROSE / 2015
Short animation directed with Del Kathryn Barton World Premiere: Berlinale 2015
THE HUMAN DRESS WITH REMY HII / 2014
Moving image work for Adelaide Biennale
Directed with Del Kathryn Barton
WHAT YOU SAY MATTERS / 2012
Australian Human Rights Commission
Campaign to defeat racism.
JUDITH LUCY’S SPIRITUAL JOURNEY / 2011
6 x 30 min comedy-documentary series
MAD BASTARDS / 2011
Multi-award winning feature drama World Premiere: Sundance 2011
CANNOT BUY MY SOUL / 2008
Live show based on the life and music of Kev Carmody
Sydney Festival; Queensland Festival of Music
THE ELDERS / 2008
6 x 30mins Bio-documentary series
THE ART LIFE / 2007
3 x 30mins Art series
NOT QUITE ART / 2007
3 x 30mins Art series
900 NEIGHBOURS / 2006
Award-winning 52 min socio-political documentary
ABOUT THE FILM MAKER
KALKADOON MAN / 2004
1 x 30 min Indigenous music documentary
THE GREAT OUTDOORS / 2006
International travel program
DESERT DARLINGS / 2004
Ch 4 Films (UK)
Cinematographer of documentary series in Namibia.
MAN THING / 2003
Associate Producer, Second Unit Director of Hollywood film shot in Australia.
BLACK CHICKS TALKING / 2002
Award-winning 52 min documentary on prominent Indigenous women World Premiere: Tribeca 2003
TEXAS / 2001
Rock n roll feature documentary about Russell Crowe’s band World Premiere: Sundance 2003
PIGGY GOES TO OOMBI / 2001
1 x 30 min Indigenous adventure documentary
SALT WATER COUNTRY / 2000
1 x 52 min Indigenous music documentary
KULLI FOOT / 1999
Award-winning short drama.