Marc Fennell

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Marc Fennell
Marc Fennell presenting tv.jpeg
Born (1985-06-02) 2 June 1985 (age 32)
Sydney, Australia
Known for The 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 anchor on SBS VICELAND current affairs program The Feed.

Film Reviewing[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 programme The Circle from 2010 until it was axed in August 2012. Fennell carried on his weekly segment on Network Ten's Breakfast programme. Fennell has appeared as a film critic on many Australian radio and television programmes including Sunrise, A Current Affair, Ten News, ABC News Breakfast and he is a regular guest on Showtime's review programme 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 programme Download This Show which examines the latest developments in social media, consumer electronics, digital politics, hacktivism and online privacy.[13] It airs on Radio National, ABC Local Radio Digital and throughout Asia Pacific on Radio Australia.[14] Fennell also regularly produces reports on technology for programmes on ABC News 24 including News Exchange, The Drum, Weekend Breakfast and the Technology Quarter.

The Feed[edit]

Since May 2013, Fennell has been one of four main presenters on the live SBS current affairs program, The Feed.[15] In addition to his main role hosting the show Monday to Thursday, Fennell's prerecorded segments have become a feature of the show, most notably his interviews with film and television stars.[16][17] As the program's viewership increased, Fennell developed a cult following on social media due to the outfits which he sports each night.[18][19] The hashtag "MarcFennellOutfits" has since become popular with viewers on sites such as Instagram [20] and Twitter .

Personal life[edit]

Fennell attended the University of Technology, Sydney. His mother is Indian Singaporean and his father is Irish and they are a high school teacher and a photographer.[21][22]


  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. 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. ^ (25 April 2015)
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  17. ^ (25 April 2015)
  18. ^ (25 April 2015)
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  21. ^ Marc Fennell: That Modern Universal Guy My City Life
  22. ^ 'Where are you from?' raises many questions The Brisbane Times

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