David Bradbury (film maker)

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David Bradbury is an Australian film maker who began his career in 1972 as an ABC radio journalist, and has since produced 21 documentary films, including many that tackle difficult political issues and highlight the plight of the disadvantaged. Bradbury has won many international film festival prizes, received five Australian Film Industry awards, and two Academy Award nominations. He graduated from the Australian National University with a degree in political science.[1][2]

Front Line[edit]

Bradbury's first film was Front Line, a portrait of Australian news cameraman Neil Davis in Vietnam. The film received an Academy Award nomination and also won first prize at the Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals, the Grierson award at the American Film Festival and was screened worldwide.[1][3]

Public Enemy Number One[edit]

Another of Bradbury's films, Public Enemy Number One, followed the life of controversial Australian journalist Wilfred Burchett, the first western journalist into Hiroshima after the bomb was dropped. The film won the Golden Gate Award for Best Documentary, the Christopher Statuette, Best Documentary at the Sydney Film Festival, and an AFI award, but was never shown on Australian TV.[1]

Blowin' In The Wind[edit]

Blowin' In The Wind is about the joint military training facility at Shoalwater Bay near Rockhampton. This film follows on from Shoalwater: Up for Grabs which David worked on with then Midnight Oil lead singer Peter Garrett. Blowin' In The Wind looks at some of the health issues surrounding the Shoalwater Bay training facility and the effects of depleted uranium in theatres of war.[1]

A Hard Rain[edit]

A Hard Rain is Bradbury’s 2007 documentary feature film that looks at the global nuclear industry from the mining of uranium through to nuclear power, to the radioactive waste and nuclear weapons. It examines the issue of whether Australia should go nuclear.[4][5]

Other films[edit]

Bradbury's other films include:

  • 1984: Nicaragua No Pasaran
  • 1985: Chile Hasta Cuando
  • 1987: South of the Border
  • 1988: State of Shock
  • 1993: Nazi Supergrass
  • 1997: Loggerheads[6]
  • 1997: Jabiluka
  • 2007: Survival School
  • 2009: My Asian Heart[7]
  • 2012: On Borrowed Time



  1. ^ a b c d Film maker David Bradbury
  2. ^ "David Bradbury Awarded the Stanley Hawes Award". Archived from the original on 18 August 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2008.
  3. ^ Movie Review: Front Line (1981)
  4. ^ "A Hard Rain". Archived from the original on 22 July 2008. Retrieved 2 November 2008.
  5. ^ "A Hard Rain + Climate Of Hope". Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2 November 2008.
  6. ^ "Frontline Films - Loggerheads". Archived from the original on 27 February 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  7. ^ "My Asian Heart - Documentary on [[Philip Blenkinsop]] and his work in Asia". Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
  8. ^ "Stanley Hawes Award-Past Winners-read more". AIDC. Retrieved 18 February 2022.

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