Writer/Director Kim Mordaunt
Kim is a graduate of the film production degree at UTS (University of Technology Sydney), and a diploma in acting from one of the UK’s top drama schools LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art).
Kim’s experience as an actor has contributed to his extraordinary rapport with, and ability to communicate with, actors. His extensive documentary verite work, as both director and cinematographer, has honed his ability to paint fiction with truth and to shoot it in a way that feels very immediate and intimate.
Kim has lived and worked throughout Southeast Asia, in Laos, Vietnam and Thailand. He has taught film-making and drama in Asian, Arabic and Australian Aboriginal communities, and been a filmmaking mentor in refugee centres and prisons.
He made his first documentary 45 Years is Enough, during the fall of the Iron Curtain in Bulgaria, about a group of outspoken artists and activists, funded by the Soros Foundation (now the Sundance Fund), for Bulgarian TV.
He then directed and shot long-form documentaries for SBS TV, ABC TV and Discovery (including Copyrites, Survival, Speed City). During this time Kim turned his hand to fiction. His first drama short Mongrel’s Ghost (15 min) was invited to festivals including Los Angeles, Sydney, Bilbao and Sao Paulo. Next came the one-hour drama for SBS TV, Jammin’ in the Middle E, called “priceless” by Sydney Morning Herald and “revealing, delightful, beguiling, brilliant” by The Australian.
His feature-length documentary Bomb Harvest (88 min) was theatrically released around Australia and was nominated for Best Documentary (IF Awards, ATOM Awards and Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards), Best Director (ADG Awards), Best Cinematography (AFI Awards) and won Best Feature (children’s rights) at Hollywood’s Artivist Awards.
It was called “gripping”, “compelling”, “captivating”, “wildly entertaining, breathlessly tense” “incredibly powerful”, “jaw-dropping”, and “the best movie I’ve see this year” by Australia’s film critics. It screened at over 20 international festivals including a standing ovation at Sydney Film Festival and was shown on TV in over 25 countries and at major global human rights events.
The Rocket, Kim’s debut feature, won 3 major awards at the Berlin International Film Festival (Crystal Bear, Best First Feature and the Amnesty International Film Prize) and also at the Tribeca International Film Festival (Best Feature, Best Actor and the Audience Award) launching him globally as a director to watch.
Kim is currently developing two features (as writer/director) with producer Sylvia Wilczynski: Pink Mist (with assistance from Screen Australia, to be shot in Africa in 2015) and Flowers of the Dead. He is also to direct the feature One Crowded Hour, based on the acclaimed book of the same name by Tim Bowden, about iconic Australian war cinematographer Neil Davis (writer Andy Cox, producers Todd Fellman, Lance Kelleher and Sylvia Wilczynski).