Frank Bren

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Frank Bren
Born Frank Bren
Residence Melbourne, Australia
Occupation Actor, playwright, author, scholar

Frank Bren (born 1943) is an Australian actor, playwright, and scholar of film history. He has written books (on the histories of Polish and Hong Kong cinema), written plays, and acted in Australian film and television roles.

Books and articles[edit]

Frank Bren is a scholar of Polish and Chinese film history. His book World Cinema 1: Poland (University of Illinois Press, 1989) is one of the premier resources on the history of Polish cinema.[1][2]

His book (with Law Kar), Hong Kong Cinema: A Cross-Cultural View (The Scarecrow Press, 2004) is one of the few books to thoroughly document the very early history of Hong Kong cinema, dating back to its beginnings in the 19th century.[3][4]

Bren is writing a biography of French filmmaker and comedian, Pierre Étaix.[5]

Bren has also written articles on film for international journals such as Far Eastern Economic Review, Screen International, Films and Filming, as well as for newspapers such as Libération and The Asian Wall Street Journal.[6]

Film and TV[edit]

Frank Bren played Colin "The Snake" Adder in Mark Savage's film Sensitive New Age Killer,[7] and co-stars in the Craig Addison movie Betel Nut Girl.[7][8] He also played two recurring roles, as twin brothers Colin Taylor and Alf Taylor, in the popular Australian TV series Neighbours during the 1990s.[7] In addition, he played "Mr. Nicholson" in the film Hating Alison Ashley.[7] He is currently preparing a biopic of Chinese-American film director Esther Eng.[9]

In all, Bren has acted in over a dozen roles in Australian television series and movies, including The Flying Doctors, Blue Heelers and Stingers.[7]


In 2007, Frank Bren wrote and starred in the play A History of Motion Pictures, which ran at La Mama Theatre (Melbourne).[10][11] He has also written and starred in about a dozen plays since 1967, with runs in London, Amsterdam, and Melbourne.[12] Some of the other plays he both wrote and starred in are The Rise and Fall of Archie Jones (1968),[13] Have You Noticed Your Leg Is Missing? (1969),[14] Odyssey of a Bald Man (1970),[15] Larceny Makes No Noise (1988),[16][17] Muckrake (1989),[18] Honest! (1993),[19] and Flashback (1997).[20]


  1. ^ Marek Haltof, Polish National Cinema, Berghahn Books, 2002 (Introduction).
  2. ^ Janina Falkowska, Slavic Review, Vol. 62, No. 3, p. 592 (2003).
  3. ^ Review by The Bookwatch, Nov. 2004, published by The Midwest Book Review [1]
  4. ^ Review of "Hong Kong Cinema: A Cross-Cultural View" by China Quarterly, reproduced by The Scarecrow Press [2]
  5. ^ The Esther Eng Story (website)
  6. ^
  7. ^ a b c d e Frank Bren on Internet Movie Database
  8. ^ Dragon Horse Films
  9. ^ The Esther Eng Story (website)
  10. ^ Review of "A History of Motion Pictures" from Australian Stage, 4 May 2007.
  11. ^ A History of Motion Pictures, AusStage
  12. ^ Interview with Frank Bren
  13. ^ The Rise and Fall of Archie Jones, AusStage
  14. ^ "Have You Noticed Your Leg Is Missing?", AusStage
  15. ^ Odyssey of a Bald Man, AusStage
  16. ^ Larceny Makes No Noise, AusStage
  17. ^ "A Crime Thriller Comedy" by Jason Romney, The Age, Entertainment Guide section, 30 September 1988, p. 7 (available here via Google News Archive, retrieved on 6 February 2014).
  18. ^ Muckrake, AusStage
  19. ^ Honest!, AusStage
  20. ^ Flashback, AusStage

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