21 November 1972
|Occupation||Filmmaker, film and television actor, director, producer and writer|
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 produced numerous television series, the most notable being Pizza, Swift and Shift Couriers, Housos and Bogan Hunters.
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 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 were produced, with the final season airing in 2007. In addition to this show, 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 27 October 2008. The first series contained 9 episodes and the second series began to air in 15 August 2011 after the filming finished mid-2009.
Housos is a sitcom created by Fenech, which first aired in 24 October 2011. To date, two series have been produced, in addition to a full-length, cinematically-released motion picture, Housos vs. Authority. Season Two of Housos won Most Outstanding Light Entertainment Program at the 2014 Logie Awards.
Fenech's most recent program Bogan Hunters, a documentary comedy on 7mate was the highest-rating entertainment program ever to screen on the three-year-old digital channel and the second highest rating show on the channel to date.
|2014||Fat Pizza vs. Housos||Director, writer and executive producer||Franky Falzoni/Pauly Falzoni|
|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|
|2014||Bogan Hunters||Creator, director, writer and producer||Host||10 episodes|
|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|
|1999||The 50 Foot Show||Director|
|1998||Intolerance||Director and producer|
|1997||Dangerous Pizza||Director, writer and 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)
- 2014: Most Outstanding Light Entertainment Program (Housos, won)
Australian Comedy Awards
- 2003: Outstanding Australian TV Comedy – character based (Pizza, nominated)
- 2011: Comedy – Situation or Narrative (Housos, nominated)
- "Ohmoy Gourd!". The Sydney Morning Herald. 28 August 2003. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
- 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.
- "Bogan Hunters is car-crash TV says creator Paul Fenech". Sydney Morning Herald. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
- "Sarah Ferguson grilling tops ABC1". TV Tonight. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
- ""Fat Pizza Vs Housos"". Hoyts. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
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