Marc Fennell

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Marc Fennell
Marc Fennell presenting tv.jpeg
Born (1985-06-02) 2 June 1985 (age 35)
Sydney, Australia
Years active2002—present
Known forThe Feed

Marc Fennell is an Australian film critic, technology journalist, radio personality, author and television presenter. Fennell is the co-anchor on 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 of SBS's The Movie Show in mid-2004.[1] 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.[2][3]

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 also regularly produces digital video projects exploring cinema culture including Bollywood For Beginners: a series for SBS Television about the history of Bollywood.[4] He also co-produces a web series about movie trailers, Coming Sooner, with Nick Hayden and Nicholas McDougall.[5]

Fennell's first book, That Movie Book, was published by HarperCollins in December 2011.[6]

Hungry Beast[edit]

Fennell presented and reported on Hungry Beast, aired on ABC1. He primarily covered digital media, popular culture, gaming and technology. Fennell was one of nine members of the team to be selected by Denton to develop online content for Zapruder's Other Films.[7] Prior to the Hungry Beast Fennell had worked with another of the presenters, Dan Ilic, developing a YouTube parody of the Freeview launch[8] as part of their live comedy show Massage My Medium at the 2009 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.[9]

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.[10] The program airs on Radio National, ABC Local Radio Digital and throughout Asia Pacific on Radio Australia.[11] Fennell has also regularly produced reports on technology for programs on ABC News 24 including News Exchange (ended), The Drum, Weekend Breakfast and the Technology Quarter (ended).[12]

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.[13] 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.[14]

It Burns[edit]

In 2019 Fennell created It Burns, a podcast series covering the race to grow the hottest pepper.[15]

The Few Who Do[edit]

Fennell and Jan Fran feature in the podcast The Few Who Do commenced in 2019 through SBS "where we hear personal stories from Australians who are advocating for change and tackling society's big issues."[16]

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.[17][18]


  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. ^ George, Sandy (23 March 2006). "Credits roll for Movie Show". The Australian. p. 42.
  3. ^ Browne, Rachel (6 May 2007). "Joy for film buffs as show goes on". Sun Herald. Sydney, Australia. p. 16.
  4. ^ Hamilton, Alicia (20 March 2012). "Bollywood for Beginners". Special Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  5. ^ Totten, Sanden (11 September 2012). "How movie trailers evolved from an afterthought to an art form". KPCC. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  6. ^ Fennell, Marc (1 December 2011). "That Movie Book: Awesome, Weird and Wonderful Flicks for Every Weekend". HarperCollins Australia. Sydney, Australia. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  7. ^ Jackson, Sally (12 April 2010). "Digital natives held to spin new web". The Australian. Retrieved 8 March 2010.
  8. ^ Blundell, Graeme (30 May 2009). "Is this the future of television?". The Australian. Retrieved 8 March 2010.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Fennell, Marc (20 February 2012). "Download This Show Homepage". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  11. ^ Croucher, Geoff. "Radio Australia Programme Guide". Radio Australia. Retrieved 1 October 2012.
  12. ^ Marc Fennell (26 March 2020). "What's the best place on the internet?". Download This Show (Podcast). Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  13. ^ "The Feed". Special Broadcasting Service. 25 April 2015.
  14. ^ "Marc Fennell". Special Broadcasting Service. 25 April 2015.
  15. ^ Pobjie, Ben (14 April 2019). "Q&A: Marc Fennell on fire, The Feed and finding people-first stories". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  16. ^ The Few Who Do, Special Broadcasting Service with CGU Insurance, accessed 2019-09-28
  17. ^ "Marc Fennell: That Modern Universal Guy". My City Life. 25 March 2015.
  18. ^ "'Where are you from?' raises many questions". The Brisbane Times. 12 September 2014.

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