Warwick Thornton is celebrated as one of Australia’s finest filmmakers. His debut feature film Samson & Delilah was recently awarded the prestigious Camera d’or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Warwick’s career started as a cameraman for CAAMA in 1990 and he graduated from the AFTRS in 1997 with a BA in cinematography. Later that year he shot his first feature film Radiance. The following year he shot award-winning films My Bed Your Bed and Promise. Other DOP credits include the 50-minute film Queen of Hearts, Beck Cole’s short films Flat and Plains Empty and the Film Australia documentary Buried Country.
Warwick has written and directed several short dramas, including Nana, which was part of a series of five-minute short films for SBS Television called Bit of Black Business. Nana won the Crystal Bear for Best Short Film at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival in the Generation section. It also screened on the opening night of the 2007 Sydney Film Festival, won the Inside Film (IF) Award for Best Short Film and Best Australian Film at Flickerfest Film Festival in Sydney. Warwick was awarded the Emerging Filmmaker Award for Nana at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2007.
His previous short drama, half hour Green Bush, won Best Short in the Panorama section at the Berlin International Film Festival 2005. Green Bush also won a Dendy Award and the Rouben Mamoulian Award (best overall) at the Sydney Film Festival, an Inside Film (IF) Award and was nominated for Best Short at the Film Critics Circle Awards. It premiered at Sundance Film Festival.
Warwick’s previous shorts, Mimi in 2002 and Payback in 1996, have screened extensively at festivals in Australia and overseas, including Telluride, and on SBS Television. Warwick has also directed and shot a number of documentaries.
Warwick is from the Kaytej nation in Central Australia and lives with his family in Alice Springs where he is developing his second feature film script.
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