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About David

I'm an Australian writer/editor and facilitator of writing workshops. I've written two films under contract for an Australian producer and this year am completing a screenplay about violence in the hearts of all men, and another film on perhaps the least popular subject known to man. Does this give me a working perversity? Dunno! I've run workshops for two decades, I was a television journalist for three decades; I wrote a $4.2million Aussie film no-one saw in SHOTGUN WEDDING and the script gave me street cred here in Sydney, but that was in the early nineties. I've studied acting to become a better writer and I've produced, written and directed two short films recently but won't be making any more until I get the budget in place. Making movies with favours doesn't work for me. I'm about to bite the bullet and become my own producer or at least find someone I trust and whose creativity I can share. I'm about to play a priest in a low budget movie so watch out for the agnostic priest. I love what I do and am happy to share my working knowledge.

Unique traits: My son Harry tells me I take any bad joke far beyond its limits. I do have an irreverence and a love of ideas. If it turns out there really is a hell then it may be a little hot but it'll be somewhere to meet like minds. My current passion is fasting because it helps me see inside beyond my personal glutton in ways I rarely have. My personality demands all or nothing and grey is my least favourite colour. I have no tolerance for intolerance and am deeply prejudiced against hatred and greed and environmental destruction. I prefer to think of myself as spiritual rather than religious and tend to peer beyond notions of post apocalyptic scenarios into a world that has got its shit together and can cope with good and evil as nature copes with nature. I could obviously rave further but this will do for now.

Credits

  • CECIL B

    CECIL B (2014 - 2020)
    Film (short) by Screenplays O'Brien WRITER/DIRECTOR/ACTOR Cecil Burke is homeless and wanders the streets of Newtown producung and directing life until he is regarded as a pest and locked away. The consequences are dire. Does life need a sense of direction?

  • SUNSHINE BANSHEES

    SUNSHINE BANSHEES (2017)
    Film (short) by David O’Brien Producer/Writer/Directorction A garden wizard is bothered by the noise of contemporary society. The essential message is 'be careful what you wish for'.

  • CHATTERBOX

    CHATTERBOX (2014)
    Film (short) by David O'Brien Producer/Writer/Director She was certain her live-in boyfriend was cheating on her. Unable to confront him she could not work out where the insistant voice was coming from.

  • SWAT

    SWAT (1995)
    Film (short) by Screenplays O'Brien/D2 Pro (Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror and 1 More) Producer/Director/Writer All he ever wanted was a quiet read in the park. But a pest kept bothering him and he had to do something about it.

  • FIXXED

    FIXXED (1995)
    Film (short) by D2 Pro (Comedy and Drama) Producer/Director/Writer A man sets out to jog in the park for reasons other than health. He finds what he's looking for and pursues a woman jogger but soon realises he is pursued.

  • SHOTGUN WEDDING

    SHOTGUN WEDDING (1992)
    Film by DAVID HANNAY PRODUCTIONS (Comedy, Crime and Drama) WRITER My first and only feature. It has disappeared from my DVD shelves. If you have a copy please get in contact.

  • DOWN TO EARTH

    DOWN TO EARTH (1990)
    Television by DOWN TO EARTH P/L (Documentary) Writer/Director/Producer The documentary that obliterated the ratings in 1989. Sadly it is still relevant today. The piece to camera be the musician Sting is listed in these credits.

  • STING'S WARNING

    STING'S WARNING (1989)
    Documentary by DOWN TO EARTH Producer/Writer/Director A segment from our ratings- winning hybrid documentary aired in prime time and re-shown several days later on Sydney's Network 10. The piece has dated but the information it contains is as relevant as the day it was shown. The segment is often requested.

  • VOX POP

    VOX POP (1979)
    Film (short) by screenplays o'brien p/l/D2 Pro Writer/Director/Producer

  • THE NIGHT ROARER

    THE NIGHT ROARER
    Film (short) by David O'Brien Producer/Writer/Directorction Made for the 48 hour film competition, this film was awarded a special prize when it got a line of dialogue wrong and was disqualified. With the world about to run out of fuel/gas, an underground resistance plans one last roar at the universe.

Awards

  • BEST FILM and BEST SCREENPLAY/BREKFEST
    (1990)

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