Ben Lewin

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Ben Lewin
Born (1946-08-06) August 6, 1946 (age 68)
Nationality Australian-American
Occupation Film director
Spouse(s) Judi Levine

Ben Lewin (born August 6, 1946) is an Australian-American film director and screenwriter.

Early life and education[edit]

Ben Lewin was born in Poland and as a child, he emigrated with his family to Melbourne, Australia.[1] At the age of six, he contracted polio which caused him to use crutches for the rest of his life.[2] Lewin attended the University of Melbourne where he studied law. In 1971, he left his job as a barrister[3] in Australia after being given a scholarship to study film at National Film and Television School in England.[1] After school, Lewin remained in England where he worked in television.

Work in film[edit]

Lewin has since made feature films in Australia, England, France, and America. Some of his notable films are The Dunera Boys (1985), Georgia (1988), The Favour, the Watch, and the Very Big Fish (1991), and most recently The Sessions (2012), for which he also wrote the screenplay, based on an essay by Mark O'Brien.


  1. ^ a b "Biographies - Ben Lewin". Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Horn, John (22 January 2012). "Sundance 2012: A 65-year-old takes on disability and sex in 'The Surrogate'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Hooks, Barbara (14 April 1987). "A world of comedy in Acland Street". The Age. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 

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