John Power (director)

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John Beresford Power (20 November 1930 – February 2016) was an Australian film and television director, who began his career as a journalist.

Early life and journalism career[edit]

Power was born in Maitland, New South Wales. His older brother was Dave Power, a long-distance runner who won medals at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games. After leaving school, he joined the Maitland Mercury as a cadet journalist, later moving to Sydney to work for The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mirror. He was a political journalist in Canberra at the time of the Australian Labor Party split of 1955, events which he would later cover in the documentary film Like a Summer Storm.[1]


Power won the AFI Award for Best Direction for the 1974 TV docudrama Billy and Percy.

Select Filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "John Power: Film director a prolific creator". The Sydney Morning Herald. 20 February 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2017.

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