Paul Fenech

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Paul Fenech
Born Paul Fenech
(1972-11-21) 21 November 1972 (age 41)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation Filmmaker, film and television actor, director, producer and writer
Years active 1995–present

Paul Fenech (born 21 November 1972) is an Australian filmmaker, film and television actor, director, producer and writer of Maltese and Aboriginal descent. He has appeared in media such as Pizza, Swift and Shift Couriers and Housos.

Career[edit]

He first achieved prominence by winning third place in Sydney's annual Tropfest short film festival in 1995 for a biographical short entitled Pizza Man based on his experiences as a pizza delivery driver. He won the Tropfest award for best film in 1998 for Intolerance, although he had submitted the film under the pseudonym Laura Feinstein in order to appeal to the sensitivities of the judges, particularly Tropfest founder John Polson, who hoped that a female director would win the award.[1]

Fenech was then able to secure a deal with Australian community broadcaster SBS to produce a sitcom based on his short film. Entitled Pizza, and premiering in 2000, several series were produced, in addition to a full-length, cinematically-released motion picture, Fat Pizza.[2][3][4]

He made a documentary called More Than Legends, a documentary that highlighted Aboriginal culture through the eyes of three elders.[5]

Fenech also created the sitcom series Swift and Shift Couriers. The show began on SBS on October 27, 2008.[6] The first series contained 9 episodes and the second series began to air in August 15, 2011 after the filming finished mid-2009.

Housos is a sitcom created by Fenech, which first aired in October 24, 2011. To date, two series have been produced, in addition to a full-length, cinematically-released motion picture, Housos vs. Authority.

Filmography[edit]

Feature films
Year Title Credit Role Notes
2014 Fat Pizza vs. Housos Director, writer and executive producer Franky Falzoni/Pauly Falzoni Filming [7]
2012 Housos vs. Authority Director, writer, producer and editor Franky Falzoni
2003 Fat Pizza Director, writer and producer Pauly Falzoni/Alfredo Falzoni
1999 Somewhere in the Darkness Lawnmower Man
Television
Year Title Credit Role Notes
2014 Bogan Hunters Creator, director, writer and producer Host 10 episodes
2013 Celebrity Splash! Contestant Himself [8]
2011–present Housos Creator, director, writer and producer Franky Falzoni
2008–2011 Swift and Shift Couriers Paul 'Mario' Gauci 19 episodes
2006 World Record Pizza Pauly Falzoni
2006 The Da Vinci Cup
2004 Pizza Live
2000–2007 Pizza 42 episodes
1999 The 50 Foot Show Director
1998 Heartland Title Design Mini-series
Short films
Year Title Credit Role Notes
1998 Intolerance Director and producer
1997 Dangerous Pizza Director, writer and producer
1996 Space Pizza
1995 Pizza Man

Awards and nominations[edit]

Tropfest

  • 1998: Best Film (Intolerance, won)

Slamdance Film Festival

  • 1999: Grand Jury Prize (Somewhere in the Darkness, nominated)

Logie Awards

  • 2001: Most Outstanding Comedy Program (Pizza, nominated)
  • 2002: Most Outstanding Comedy Program (Pizza, nominated)
  • 2004: Most Outstanding Comedy Program (Pizza, nominated)
  • 2005: Most Outstanding Comedy Program (Pizza, nominated)
  • 2014: Most Outstanding Light Entertainment Program (Housos, won)

Australian Comedy Awards

  • 2003: Outstanding Australian TV Comedy – character based (Pizza, nominated)

Australian Writers' Guild

  • 2011: Comedy – Situation or Narrative (Housos, nominated)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bookallil, Simon, Gone Troppo (documentary), 2004
  2. ^ "Interview With Pauly Fenech". Dimensions. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 July 2003. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Triple J Film Reviews – Fat Pizza". Triple J. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  4. ^ Woodhead, Cameron (2 March 2006). "Pizza: Subwoofers Of Mass Seduction". The Age. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "More Than Legends". Film Database. Screen Australia. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  6. ^ Molitorisz, Sacha (6 November 2008). "Fast delivery of a shifty crew". The Age. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  7. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3799996/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_1
  8. ^ http://au.tv.yahoo.com/celebrity-splash/cast/article/-/16839292/pauly-fenech/

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