BRIAN KAVANAGH A.S.E, A.S.A.
With many years experience in film production Brian Kavanagh's career covers the areas of Production, Direction, Editing and Writing on features and documentaries.
Kavanagh is an accredited member of the Australian Screen Editors (A.S.E) by which he was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997 for his contribution to film making in Australia.
He is also a member of the Australian Society of Authors (A.S.A.).
THE FIRST OVERLANDERS Screenplay with Conventry Films Pty. Ltd. Current.
BAD BOOKS screenplay. Current.
THE LOVE KNOT (2004), Feature Screenplay for Canealian Productions Pty. Ltd.
Produced IN STONE & STEEL - Series One, a television six-part documentary series on London's statues and the history and story of the people portrayed. (2003)
Editor and Post Production Supervisor on the comedy feature DAGS, (1997) for Producer/Director Murray Fahey.
Film Editor and Post Production Supervisor on SEX IS A FOUR-LETTER WORD (1995) the comedy drama starring Miranda Otto and Mark Lee which deals with contemporary sexual mores and attitudes, directed by Murray Fahey.
Prior to that he edited ENCOUNTERS (1994), a thriller starring Martin Sacks and Kate Raison, directed by Murray Fahey. Also for Murray Fahey, the comedy GET AWAY, GETAWAY. (1993)
Between 1986 and 1993 Project, Script and Budget Assessor for Motion Picture Guarantors and also Script and Project Assessor with the Australian Film Commission and Film Queensland.
With the resurgence of Australian film production in the early 1970's Kavanagh created international interest by producing and directing his first feature A CITY'S CHILD (1971) which won a Gold Southern Cross Award for Best Film, and an Australian Film Institute Bronze Award, as well as Best Actress for the leading player, Monica Maughan. The first Australian feature to be invited to the London Film Festival, it went on to further screenings in Edinburgh, Chicago, Montreal and Auckland festivals and was distributed by Greater Union.
Kavanagh produced and directed the feature drama DEPARTURE (1986) starring Patricia Kennedy and June Jago. Based on the successful stage play A Pair of Claws by Michael Gurr.
Prior to that, Kavanagh's thriller DOUBLE DEAL (1982) from his own screenplay starred Louis Jourdan and Angela Punch McGregor. Produced and directed. Distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Company.
In 1991 he produced and edited the 30 minute drama ON THE BORDER OF HOPETOWN for the Australian Film Commission.
In 1992, Kavanagh was engaged by the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, Sydney, to lecture on Film Editing and also co-edited FRAUDS directed by Stephan Elliot, starring Phil Collins and accepted into competition at Cannes 1993.
Further awards were presented to MAYBE THIS TIME (1981) produced by Kavanagh for NSW Film Corporation, a bitter-sweet comedy of the search for love. Nominated for nine awards including the AFI Best Film, Best Actress, it won best Supporting Actress for Jill Perryman.
(Script winner of Australian Writers Guild Award for Best Screenplay.)
Winner AFI Best Editing Award for FROG DREAMING (1985), the action adventure film starring Henry Thomas.
Kavanagh edited Fred Schepisi's first two feature films,
THE DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND (1976) and
THE CHANT OF JIMMIE BLACKSMITH (1978) from Thomas Keneally novel,
both with AFI editing nominations.
Tom Jeffrey Vietnam War film ODD ANGRY SHOT was one of the first to explore Australia's involvement in that war and Kavanagh won an AFI nomination for his editing.
Other nominations for Editing were for the successful thriller
LONG WEEKEND (1977),
GOING SANE (1986) The social comedy,
LIBIDO (The Priest) again directed by Fred Schepisi, script by Thomas Keneally.
In 1973/74 Kavanagh was Script Editor for the South Australian Film Corporation working with new writers on documentary films and with Anne Brooksbank in developing the series STACEYS GYM of which he produced two pilot episodes.
Television series as Editor include WOOBINDA-ANIMAL DOCTOR, ADVENTURES OF THE SEA SPRAY, SPYFORCE.
Author of the published BELINDA LAWRENCE MYSTERY series.