Marc Fennell

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Marc Fennell
Marc Fennell presenting tv.jpeg
Born (1985-06-02) 2 June 1985 (age 33)
Sydney, Australia
Known forThe Feed
Hungry Beast
triple j
Download This Show
That Movie Book

Marc Fennell is an Australian film critic, technology journalist, radio personality, author and television presenter. Fennell is the co-anchor on SBS VICELAND current affairs program The Feed.


Film critic[edit]

In 2002, Fennell was a winner of the first AFI Young Film Critics Competition.[1] He then became the film critic and reporter for Sydney radio station FBi Radio from 2003–2006.

During this period Fennell was selected as one of four presenters (along with Megan Spencer, Jaimie Leonarder, and Fenella Kernebone) of a revamped version of SBS's long-running The Movie Show following the departure of former hosts, David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz, in mid-2004.[1] Although Fennell was given a separate role to the other three hosts, handling DVD reviews in his own segment, he was described after the new format's debut as the "most natural in front of a camera".[2] Fennell remained with the show until June 2006, when the show went on hiatus, returning in a different format (and with a different team) in 2007.[3][4]

Fennell covers cinema across the ABC Radio Network including ABC Local Radio and the national youth broadcaster triple j. Fennell presented a weekly film segment on triple j tv for its run on ABC1 and ABC2. He presented the weekly movie segment on the Network Ten morning program The Circle from 2010 until it was axed in August 2012. Fennell carried on his weekly segment on Network Ten's Breakfast program. Fennell has appeared as a film critic on many Australian radio and television programs including Sunrise, A Current Affair, Ten News, ABC News Breakfast and he is a regular guest on Showtime's review program The Movie Club.

Fennell also regularly produces digital video projects exploring cinema culture including Bollywood For Beginners: a series for SBS Television about the history of Bollywood.[5] He also co-produces a web series about movie trailers, Coming Sooner, with Nick Hayden and Nicholas McDougall.[6]

Fennell's first book, That Movie Book, was published by HarperCollins in December 2011.[7]

Hungry Beast[edit]

Fennell presented and reported on all three series of the Andrew Denton produced show Hungry Beast, aired on ABC1. He primarily covered digital media, popular culture, gaming and technology. In 2011, Hungry Beast was nominated for a Microsoft I.T Journalist Lizzie Award for its technology coverage.[8] Fennell was one of nine members of the team to be selected by Denton to develop online content for Zapruder's Other Films.[9] Prior to his engagement on Hungry Beast Fennell had worked with another of the presenters, Dan Ilic, developing a well known YouTube parody of the Freeview launch[10] as part of their live comedy show Massage My Medium at the 2009 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.[11]

Hungry Beast was cancelled in November 2011.[12]

Technology journalism[edit]

Fennell hosts the ABC's technology radio program Download This Show which examines the latest developments in social media, consumer electronics, digital politics, hacktivism and online privacy.[13] The program airs on Radio National, ABC Local Radio Digital and throughout Asia Pacific on Radio Australia.[14] Fennell also regularly produces reports on technology for programs on ABC News 24 including News Exchange, The Drum, Weekend Breakfast and the Technology Quarter.

The Feed[edit]

Since May 2013, Marc Fennell has been one of the main presenters on the live SBS Viceland current affairs program, The Feed.[15] In addition to his main role co-hosting, Fennell's prerecorded segments have become a feature of the show, most notably his interviews with film and television stars.[16]


As The Feed's viewership increased, Fennell developed a cult following on social media due to the collared shirts he wore each episode;[17] a novelty Instagram account named "Marc Fennell Outfits"[18] tracked Fennell's attire for each night, often including comedic commentary. Purporting Fennell managed his wardrobe with a repeating one year cycle, the anonymous account announced its retirement in 2015 after one year. In November 2017 the account returned with a heavily edited video of Fennell's reaction to a comment from Nakkiah Lui about his "peachy shirt" on ABC's panel show Screen Time.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Fennell attended the University of Technology, Sydney. His mother, a school teacher, is Indian Singaporean and his father, a photographer, is Irish.[20][21]


  1. ^ a b Petersen, Freya (3 June 2004). "SBS adds a youthful twist in sobriety for that movie show". The Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney, Australia. p. 7.
  2. ^ Idato, Michael (30 June 2004). "The Movie Show". The Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney, Australia. Retrieved 8 March 2010.
  3. ^ George, Sandy (23 March 2006). "Credits roll for Movie Show". The Australian. p. 42.
  4. ^ Browne, Rachel (6 May 2007). "Joy for film buffs as show goes on". Sun Herald. Sydney, Australia. p. 16.
  5. ^ Hamilton, Alicia (20 March 2012). "Bollywood for Beginners". Special Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  6. ^ Totten, Sanden (11 September 2012). "How movie trailers evolved from an afterthought to an art form". KPCC. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  7. ^ Fennell, Marc (1 December 2011). "That Movie Book: Awesome, Weird and Wonderful Flicks for Every Weekend". HarperCollins Australia. Sydney, Australia. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  8. ^ McMurtry, Andrew (2 July 2012). "Best Video Program". MediaConnect. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  9. ^ Jackson, Sally (12 April 2010). "Digital natives held to spin new web". The Australian. Retrieved 8 March 2010.
  10. ^ Blundell, Graeme (30 May 2009). "Is this the future of television?". The Australian. Retrieved 8 March 2010.
  11. ^ Ilic, Dan (21 April 2009). "Marc Fennell & Dan Ilic in Massage My Medium (Or How to Save TV in 55 minutes)". MICF. Archived from the original on 9 October 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  12. ^ Knox, David (29 November 2011). "A Walkley win, but ABC axes Hungry Beast". TV Tonight. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  13. ^ Fennell, Marc (20 February 2012). "Download This Show Homepage". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  14. ^ Croucher, Geoff. "Radio Australia Programme Guide". Radio Australia. Retrieved 1 October 2012.
  15. ^ "The Feed". Special Broadcasting Service. 25 April 2015.
  16. ^ "Marc Fennell". Special Broadcasting Service. 25 April 2015.
  17. ^ "The Feed". Facebook. 25 April 2015.
  18. ^ "MarcFennellOutfits". Instagram. 25 April 2015.
  19. ^ "The Insta Feed That Roasted Marc Fennell's Shirts Gloriously Un-Retired". Pedestrian. 24 November 2017. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  20. ^ "Marc Fennell: That Modern Universal Guy". My City Life. 25 March 2015.
  21. ^ "'Where are you from?' raises many questions". The Brisbane Times. 12 September 2014.

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