21 November 1972
|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 descent. He has appeared in media such as Pizza, Swift and Shift Couriers and Housos.
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.
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 of this have to date been produced, in addition to a full-length, cinematically-released motion picture, Fat Pizza.
Fenech also created the sitcom series Swift and Shift Couriers. The show began on SBS on October 27, 2008. 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 new sitcom Fenech created and first aired in October 24, 2011. Two series of this have to date been produced, in addition to a full-length, cinematically-released motion picture, Housos vs. Authority.
|2012||Housos vs. Authority||Director, Writer, Producer & Editor||Franky Falzoni|
|2003||Fat Pizza||Director, Writer & Producer||Pauly Falzoni/Alfredo Falzoni|
|1999||Somewhere in the Darkness||Lawnmower Man|
|2013||Celebrity Splash!||Himself - Contestant|||
|2011-Present||Housos||Creator, Director, Writer & Producer||Franky Falzoni|
|2008-2011||Swift and Shift Couriers||Paul 'Mario' Gauci|
|2006||World Record Pizza||Pauly Falzoni|
|2006||The Da Vinci Cup|
|1999||The 50 Foot Show||Director|
|1998||Intolerance||Director & Producer|
|1997||Dangerous Pizza||Director, Writer & Producer|
Awards and nominations
- 1998: Best Film (Intolerance, won)
- 1999: Grand Jury Prize (Somewhere in the Darkness, nominated)
- 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)
Australian Comedy Awards
- 2003: Outstanding Australian TV Comedy – character based (Pizza, nominated)
- 2011: Comedy – Situation or Narrative (Housos, nominated)
- Bookallil, Simon, Gone Troppo (documentary), 2004
- "Interview With Pauly Fenech". Dimensions. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 July 2003. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
- "Triple J Film Reviews – Fat Pizza". Triple J. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
- Woodhead, Cameron (2 March 2006). "Pizza: Subwoofers Of Mass Seduction". The Age. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
- "More Than Legends". Film Database. Screen Australia. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
- Molitorisz, Sacha (6 November 2008). "Fast delivery of a shifty crew". The Age. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
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