12 July 1929|
|Died||16 November 2004
Ken Hannam (12 July 1929 – 16 November 2004) was an Australian film and television director.
Born in St Kilda, Melbourne, the eldest of three boys, Hannam lived in his youth in Sydney and was educated at Wollaroi College in Orange, New South Wales. He worked in Australian radio and television, then moved in 1968 to England. He worked in English television, and returned to direct Australian feature films.
His first feature Sunday Too Far Away (1975) marked the emergence of an internationally recognised Australian film industry. He went on to direct Summerfield (1977) and other films. His 1979 film Dawn! was entered into the 11th Moscow International Film Festival.
He married his first wife Lena Melocco in 1958; their daughter Vicki was born in 1960. His second wife was Wendy Dickson, his art director on Break of Day, whom he married in 1968. They divorced in 1985. His third wife was Madlena, a Nicaraguan; they married in 1990, and adopted a son, Christopher.
Feature films directed
- Sunday Too Far Away (1975)
- Break of Day (1976)
- Summerfield (1977)
- Dawn! (1979)
- The Mismatch (1979) (TV movie)
- Captain Fortune (1963)
- Adventure Unlimited (1963)
- I Have Been Here Before (1964)
- The Recruiting Officer (1965)
- Paul Temple (7 episodes, 1970–1971)
- Spy Trap (8 episodes, 1972)
- Moonbase 3 (3 episodes, 1973)
- Colditz (2 episodes, 1974)
- The Day of the Triffids (6 episodes, 1981)
- Robbery Under Arms (1985; co-directed with Donald Crombie)
- Lovejoy (3 episodes, 1986)
- Boon (2 episodes, 1987)
- Crossfire (TV drama) (1988) TV mini-series
- Hannay (2 episodes, 1989)
- Campion (2 episodes, 1990)
- The House of Eliott (2 episodes, 1992)
- Strathblair (6 episodes, 1992–1993)
- Soldier Soldier (3 episodes, 1995)
- Dangerfield (4 episodes, 1997–1998)
- The Bill (9 episodes, 2000–2001)
- Ken Hannam at the Internet Movie Database
- Anthony Buckley, obituary: "A leader in the renaissance of Australia's film industry", The Age, 2 December 2004, p. 9
- David Stratton, The Last New Wave: The Australian Film Revival, Angus & Robertson, 1980 p96-98
- "11th Moscow International Film Festival (1979)". MIFF. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- Peter Yeldham (9 December 2004). "Obituary: Ken Hannam". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
- Murray, Scott, ed. (1994). Australian Cinema. St.Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin/AFC. p. 324. ISBN 1-86373-311-6.
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