The Rocket, Kim’s debut drama feature as writer/director, won over 45 awards including three at Berlin (including Best Debut Feature and the Crystal Bear), three at Tribeca (Best Narrative Feature, Best Actor, the Audience Award), the Audience Award at over a dozen film festivals including Sydney, Melbourne and AFI Fest LA, Best Original Screenplay at the Australian Writers’ Guild and AACTA Awards and Best Director at the Australian Directors’ Guild Awards.
It was selected for Sundance Film Forward, has 97% “Fresh” critics’ score on Rotten Tomatoes and has sold to over 40 countries including theatrical release in US, Canada, UK and Australia.
His feature documentary that he directed, Bomb Harvest, screened five times on ABC TV, was theatrically released around Australia and was called “absolutely stunning”, “wildly entertaining, breathlessly tense”, “incredibly powerful” and “the best movie I’ve seen this year” by Australia’s film critics. It has sold to TV in over 35 countries including Discovery.
Kim has directed long-form fiction and documentary for SBS TV Australia, including comedy drama Jammin in the Middle E (52 min), and documentaries Speed City (26 min), Copyrites (52 min), Survival (52 min) and 1-hour eps of the Lonely Planet/Discovery Six Degrees series, sold to over 30 territories.
Before becoming a director, Kim worked as an actor, trained at LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) and cinematographer. He is also a graduate of the screen production degree at UTS (Sydney).
Kim is developing the following features as director:
- thriller romance Land at the End of the World, Screen NSW and Screen Australia, written by Kim Mordaunt and John Collee (the Oscar-winning Master and Commander);
- war drama One Crowded Hour, based on the best-selling book by Tim Bowden about legendary combat cameraman Neil Davis, written by Kim Mordaunt, Andy Cox and John Collee, with Screen Australia;
- historical drama The Musician with producers Su Armstrong (Good Will Hunting, Red Dog) and Brian Rosen for Studio Canal;
- The Rainbow Bologna Highway, producers Suzanne Warren and Paul Currie (Hacksaw Ridge);
- family/fantasy film Monster Nanny based on the best-selling Finnish book by Tuutikki Tolonen, with Animal Logic Entertainment (Peter Rabbit) and Ridley Scott’s company Scott Free.
Kim is repped by Gersh (US) and RGM (Australia).
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