Mark Lewis

Mark Lewis

Director, Writer


Mark Lewis is an Australian documentary filmmaker and film curator. He has won multiple awards for his work, including the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award for Best Documentary in 2005 and the Grand Prix at the International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam.

Lewis was born in Sydney in 1965. He studied at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and subsequently went on to work in the film industry as an editor, director, producer and cinematographer. He has made a number of feature-length films, including the award-winning documentary ‘Cane Toads’ (1987), which was selected for the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlinale.

Lewis is well known for his innovative and experimental approach to documentary filmmaking, often using a hybrid of documentary and narrative techniques. He has also made a number of short films, including the critically acclaimed ‘The Last Dingo’ (2005). In this film, Lewis combines documentary and narrative styles to tell the story of two Australian brothers struggling to survive in the harsh landscape of the Australian outback.

In addition to his filmmaking, Lewis is also an accomplished film curator. He has curated a number of film programs for the Sydney Film Festival, and was the artistic director of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image from 2006 to 2010. During this time, he curated a number of film series including ‘The Cinema of Australia’, ‘The Cinema of the United States’ and ‘The Cinema of the World’.

In recent years, Lewis has also become a prominent advocate for the preservation of the Australian film industry. He has served on the board of the Australian Film Institute, and was a founding member of the Australian Screen Directors’ Association.

Lewis’s work has been widely acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, and his films have been screened at a number of prestigious film festivals around the world. He is an important figure in the Australian film industry, and his contribution to the preservation of film heritage and the advancement of experimental documentary filmmaking will be remembered for many years to come.

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