Filmmaking on a Shoestring with David Wenham

1.30pm Sat

Presented by David Wenham (Director, Ellipsis).

Beloved Australian screen legend David Wenham is coming to DIFF Workshops to talk about his directing debuts with his low budget first feature Ellipsis. Come along and engage with David and get a unique insight of his wealth of talent and experience!


David Wenham has received critical acclaim for his diverse performances in film, theatre and television. He is one of Australia’s most respected actors. Best known internationally as Faramir in Peter Jackson’s critically acclaimed second and third Lord of the Rings instalments The Two Towers and Return of the King in which he shared in the Screen Actors Guild Award ® , Broadcast Film Critics Award and National Board of Review Award in the category of Best Ensemble. He has also appeared in Oranges and Sunshine alongside Emily Watson and Hugo Weaving; Pope Joan; Baz Luhrmann’s Australia with Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman and Public Enemies starring alongside Johnny Depp. Most recently David featured alongside Nicole Kidman in Lion and starred in the 2017 Netflix and Marvel series Iron Fist.

David’s accolades include Best Actor Awards at the 2003 Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards, IF Awards, and The Film Critics Circle of Australia (FCCA) for Gettin’ Square, Best Actor nominations at the AFI Awards for Paul Cox’s Molokai: The Story Of Father Damien, The Bank and Better Than Sex; and a Best Actor nomination at the 1999 FCCA Awards and AFI Awards for his haunting portrayal a psychopath named Brett Sprague in The Boys alongside Toni Collette. Some of David’s other feature film credits include 300, in which he worked with director Zack Snyder, Moulin Rouge!, Cosi, Married Life, Van Helsing, The Children of Huang Shi, The Proposition and 300: Rise of an Empire, reprising his role as Dilios.

David made his feature-length directorial debut this year at the Sydney Film Festival with Ellipsis. David has also directed the short film Commission featuring Hugo Weaving and Josh McConville. Commission is part of the feature film collaboration of iconic Australian writer Tim Winton’s The Turning.  David is well known to Australian television audiences as the lovable Diver Dan in the award-winning ABC TV series SeaChange, a role which earned him an AFI Award nomination in 1998.  He won the same award the previous year for the critically acclaimed ABC TV mini-series Simone de Beauvoir’s Babies.  His recent television credits include Killing Time, Dripping in Chocolate, Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake alongside Elizabeth Moss and Holly Hunter and Better Man with Bryan Brown and Claudia Karvan.

Charles Darwin University Business School

60 mins