When Mad Bastards was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2011 it shot Brendan into the international spotlight. The film is an innovative true-to-life story made in collaboration with the Aboriginal people of North-west Australia.


Sundance Film Festival 2011 – Nominated Grand Jury Prize

IF Awards 2011 – Winner Independent Spirit Award

Deadly Awards 2011 – Winner Film of the Year

AACTA Awards 2012; 5 Nominations
Best Film
Best Original Screenplay
Members’ Choice Award

Best Young Actor
Best Sound

Film Critics Awards 2012 – Best Director nomination

Directors Guild Awards 2012 – Best Direction in a Feature Film nomination

West Australian Cinematographers Society – Winner Gold Tripod Best Cinema Feature

Screen Sound Guild 2011 – Winner Best Achievement in Sound

WA Premier’s Literary Awards – Best Screenplay nomination

APRA Music Awards – Feature Film Score of the Year nomination

Australian Screen Editors – Best Editing on a Feature Film nomination

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Sundance Film Festival 2011
World Cinema Competition

Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Czech Republic, 2011
Forum of Independents Competition

Milano Film Festival 2011
Feature Film Competition

Hawaii International Film Festival 2011
Spring Showcase

Shanghai International Film Festival 2011
Spectrum, Feature

Cannes Cinephiles 2012
Official selection

ASIA-PACIFIC Screen Awards 2011
Official Selection

Minneapolis Saint Paul International Film Festival 2011
Official Selection

Galway Film Festival, Ireland, July 2011
Official Selection

Helsinki International Film Festival, Finland, September 2011

Saint Tropez Antipodes Film Festival, France, October 2011
Official Selection

Haifa International Film Festival, Israel, October 2011
Official Selection

Inverness Film Festival, UK, November 2011
Official Selection

Transylvania International Film Festival 2012
Official Selection