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BUFFET

I’m an award-winning Writer and Director from Sydney, Australia. My passion for movies was ignited when I worked at an arthouse cinema while studying filmmaking and law at university. I’ve worked in the media industry for more than 10 years, writing screenplays, directing short films and producing branded online content.

Avatar - Ben Phelps (Nov 2013)Specialising in the Drama/Thriller genre, my films are underpinned by contemporary political themes that reflect my immediate environment. Anticipating the community tension that led to the infamous Cronulla riots in Sydney, my film CHECKPOINT (funded by Screen NSW) depicted an emotional encounter between a Lebanese-Australian family and a group of racist soldiers. I continued to explore Australian race relations with NICE SHOOTIN’ COWBOY (funded by Screen Australia), a portrayal about the complexity of cultural identity from the perspective of an Aboriginal teenage father.

My films have resonated with global audiences, garnering more than 20 awards and been selected for Official Competition in 100 international festivals, including 40 Academy Awards accredited festivals. Highlights include major prizes in Australia, USA, Canada, France, Italy, Spain and Russia. CHECKPOINT won the Jury Prize at Montreal Film Festival 2006 and a Dendy Award at Sydney Film Festival 2007. NICE SHOOTIN’ COWBOY became one of only 80 films eligible for the 2011 Oscars after winning Best Short Film at Austin Film Festival 2009. Check out the full list of Awards and Festivals. Both films were picked up for international distribution by Flickerfest and Arenafilm for broadcast in 6 countries, including SBS TV in Australia. I’m an alumnus of the competitive creative lab, Accelerator, at Melbourne International Film Festival and represented by Original Maverick. 

Since directing short films, I’ve become a father to young children. As a Dad, my screenwriting has expanded to encompass themes about gender identity, privacy in the digital age and the rise of generational conflict in the workplace. THE HITMAN’S COOKBOOK, a feature screenplay co-written with Gabriel Dowrick, was a semi-finalist in the prestigious screenwriting competition at Austin Film Festival 2011 and a finalist in the acclaimed international competition, Script Pipeline 2012. Our feature screenplay, CONTROL ROOM, was also a finalist in Script Pipeline 2016. and is being produced by Tait Brady (THE BBQ, HEALING). Check out the 2-minute sizzle reels we created to find out more. We’re also thrilled that our first TV series, a Crime/Drama titled RABBIT HOLE, is being produced by veteran Australian producer, Lisa Scott (ANZAC GIRLS, JANET KING).

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