Ken Hannam

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Ken Hannam
Born (1929-07-12)12 July 1929
Melbourne, Australia
Died 16 November 2004(2004-11-16) (aged 75)
London, England
Occupation Film director
Years active 1963–2001

Ken Hannam (12 July 1929 – 16 November 2004) was an Australian film and television director.[1]


Born in St Kilda,[2] Melbourne, the eldest of three boys, Hannam lived in his youth in Sydney and was educated at Wollaroi College[2] 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.[3]

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.[4]

Hannam died of cancer aged 75 on 16 November 2004 in London.[5] He was survived by his three wives, two brothers, two children and three grand-children.[2]

Personal life[edit]

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.[2]


Feature films directed[edit]

TV work[edit]


  1. ^ Ken Hannam on Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ a b c d Anthony Buckley, obituary: "A leader in the renaissance of Australia's film industry", The Age, 2 December 2004, p. 9
  3. ^ David Stratton, The Last New Wave: The Australian Film Revival, Angus & Robertson, 1980 p96-98
  4. ^ "11th Moscow International Film Festival (1979)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 3 April 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  5. ^ 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.