David Bradbury

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David Bradbury "is one of Australia’s best known and most successful documentary filmmakers. His films have been shown on all the major Australian commercial and public broadcast networks as well as overseas. He has won countless international film festival prizes and been the winner of five AFI awards and two Academy Award nominations (_Frontline_ which profiled war cameraman Neil Davis, and Chile: Hasta Cuando? on the brutal military dictatorship of General Pinochet).

"In 1972, Bradbury began his career as a radio journalist with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation after graduating from the Australian National University with a BA in Political Science and History. After post graduate studies in broadcast journalism in the United States, he worked as a freelance journalist covering the Spring Revolution in Portugal in 1974 as well as the overthrow of the Greek military junta in Athens that same year and covered the final days of the Shah of Iran.

"In 1977 Bradbury smuggled himself into the border area of Papua New Guinea and Irian Jaya (West Papua) and bought out Super 8 footage, photos and the first ever interview with the Free Papua Movement (OPM) in their guerilla struggle against Indonesia. His first film, Frontline , a portrait of courageous Australian news cameraman Neil Davis, earned Bradbury his first Academy Award nomination. It was shown at the Margaret Mead Film Festival, won first prize at the Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals, the coveted Grierson award at the American Film Festival and was screened world wide on PBS, BBC and TF1 in France." [1]

His website is http://www.frontlinefilms.com.au/profile.htm

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  1. David Bradbury, New Internationalist, accessed June 8, 2009.