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Trevor Graham

Trevor Graham has worked as a writer, producer and director of documentary in the Australian film industry for more than 20 years. He is the co-founder of Yarra Bank Films Pty Ltd, a Sydney-based production company established in 1983.

Trevor's documentaries have been screened and broadcast nationally and internationally.
He has made co-productions and commissioned works for Channel 4 and the BBC (Britain), WGBH (America), ARTE (France/Germany), AVRO (Netherlands), SBS and ABC TV (Australia).

He has won two Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards for Best Documentary and numerous other national and international film and television awards. In 1997, Mabo - Life of an Island Man won the AFI Award, was nominated for a Logie and won both the prestigious NSW Premier's History Award and the NSW Premier's Award for Best Screenplay.

In 1997 he ventured into writing and directing new media. From 1997 to 2000 he co-wrote and directed the encyclopedic documentary Mabo - The Native Title Revolution CD-Rom, which was nominated for a British Academy Award (BAFTA) in 2001.

In 2002 he produced, co-directed, co-wrote and shot one of Australia's first online documentaries for ABC online, Homeless - Six Cities, Six Stories, Six Lives (www.abc.net.au/homeless), financed by the Australian Film Commission. Homeless was nominated for a Webby Award, an 'online Oscar' by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

Trevor Graham was the inaugural Head of Documentary at the Australian Film Television and Radio School in Sydney from 1997 to 2002. He has lectured and presented screenings on documentary throughout Asia, Canada, the USA and Australia.

Throughout 2002 and 2003, he directed and shot Lonely Boy Richard for Film Australia and ABC-TV. The project was nominated for an AFI Best Documentary Award in 2004. For ten months he lived and worked with the Yolngu, the Indigenous people of northeast Arnhem Land. Trevor has made many major documentary productions with indigenous people and communities and has a long-standing interest in Pacific Island history, culture and society. In 2004 he wrote and directed Hula Girls - Imaging Paradise, a co-production for SBS-TV and two European broadcasters, filmed in Hawaii, Tahiti, the USA and Europe.

Among his other documentary credits are: Red Matildas, Painting the Town (AFI Best Documentary Award 1987), Land Bilong Islanders, Dancing in the Moonlight, Paper Trail, Sugar Slaves, Aeroplane Dance, Mystique of the Pearl, Tosca - A Tale of Love and Torture, From Little Things Big Things Grow, Small Island Big Fight, The Pilot's Funeral, Keen As Mustard and Before Death Us Do Part.

Filmography

RED MATILDAS »

Women, Peace and Politics in the Great Depression - Three women discuss their history and involvement with the Communist Party of Australia...

PAPER TRAIL: The Life and Times of a Woodchip »

The PAPER TRAIL, which begins in the forests of Australia, travels to Japan's industrial centres and leads to factories, department stores and rubbish dumps from Melbourne to Tokyo...

PAINTING THE TOWN »

In 1937 Yosl, a 17-year-old Polish Jew, arrived in Melbourne where he joined his sister Ruth, a dancer, and his father Melech Ravich...

LAND BILONG ISLANDERS »

The film follows Queensland's Supreme Court to Murray Island, the centre of a legal battle which forever altered relationships between black and white in Australia...

KEEN AS MUSTARD »

Originally released in 1989, this disturbing documentary looks at a little known aspect of Australian wartime history. Scientists, laboratory staff and military volunteers recount experiences with the Australian Chemical Warfare Unit, which, with the active involvement of both British and American resources and personnel, tested mustard gas in Queensland during the Second World War...