Screen International listed Brendan as one of 25 “Rising Stars” from around the globe alongside Brit Marling and Justin Kurzel, following the 2011 release of his debut feature drama Mad Bastards. Brendan is one of the most versatile, prolific and highly awarded film makers working in Australia today. His work covers drama, documentary and a commercial portfolio.
In 2017 We Don’t Need A Map, a feature documentary written / produced by Brendan and directed by Cannes & Venice award-winner Warwick Thornton, was invited to open the Sydney Film Festival.
In 2015, Brendan’s Oscar Wilde's The Nightingale and The Rose - starring Mia Wasikowska, Geoffrey Rush and David Wenham – World Premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival. The short animation made in collaboration with two-time Archibald-winning artist Del Kathryn Barton was awarded Best Australian Short Film at the 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival and the AACTA for Best Short Animation.
Brendan’s breakout 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 has a long-standing reputation as a collaborator with prestige Australian talent. Brendan co-directed a series of documentaries with Russell Crowe (Texas and The Men Who Couldn't Finish Things), then the award-winning documentary Black Chicks Talking with Leah Purcell (World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival). Since then he’s partnered with Andrew Denton, Kev Carmody, Judith Lucy, Hannah Gadsby and Sarah Blasko on a suite of award winning films.
See Brendan’s full filmography here.
Although Brendan is a writer/director at heart, he does occasionally produce his films as well. He does not produce for other directors, with the notable exception of Warwick Thornton’s We Don’t Need A Map.
Brendan is currently developing feature drama and TV projects with Australian and International production partners.