Bob Connolly Masterclass – Melbourne

bobDuring this masterclass you will be treated to a personal insight into the mind and methodology of master filmmaker Bob Connolly. Bob will explore his approach to long format documentary making, including addressing ethical and logistical hurdles as well as proposals as to how to overcome them. You will view excerpts from Bob’s work and some of his personal favourites from other directors and why or how they have influenced him.

You are invited to submit a short synopsis of your own work and gain feedback from Bob regarding some of the problems that you face with your own project.

To apply for this exclusive masterclass, please submit your CV and a short synopsis of your project (max 1 page / 400 words) to

Applications must be received by 23rd July, 2011 and will be confirmed early the following week.
ADG members will be given priority.

ADG member price: $150
Non member price: $300

To apply for or renew your membership or 02 9555 7045.

Price includes light lunch and refreshments.


Bob Connolly began his career at the ABC, directing some 30  documentaries there in the 1970s before teaming up with Robin Anderson  to work independently. In 1983 they released and  FIRST CONTACT,  followed by JOE LEAHY’S NEIGHBOURS (1989) and BLACK HARVEST (1992). Shot in the PNG Highlands over ten years, these 3 films won 30 national and international awards, including an Oscar nomination for First Contact. All three won the Grand Prix at France’s Festival Cinema du Reel, and  AFI awards for Best Documentary.

In 1996 Connolly and Anderson released RATS IN THE RANKS. Their last  film together was FACING THE MUSIC (2001) which like all its  predecessors enjoyed a lengthy national theatrical release. It too won the AFI Award for Best Documentary, and was voted most popular film at  the Sydney and Brisbane Film Festivals.

In March 2002, Bob Connolly’s wife and colleague Robin Anderson died aged 51.

In 2010 in recognition of an outstanding body of work, the ADG presented Bob with the prestigious Outstanding Achievement award. In 2011 Bob joined the board of the ADG.

With co-director Sophie Raymond, MRS CAREY’S CONCERT is Bob’s 6th major film release and is currently enjoying great success around the nation.

Supported by Film Victoria  and Screen Australia