Ben Lewin

Director, Screenwriter, Criminal barrister
A Polish-born, English-trained Australian writer-director, Ben Lewin impressed the world with his creative gifts. Using crutches after contracting polio as a child, Lewin overcame his physical challenges and built an ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1945 in Poland

Filmography

Director (8)

The Sessions 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Touched By an Angel 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

Ally McBeal 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Director

Paperback Romance 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Georgia 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

The Dunera Boys 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Welcome to Britain 1975 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (5)

The Sessions 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Paperback Romance 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Georgia 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Dunera Boys 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (1)

The Sessions 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

A Polish-born, English-trained Australian writer-director, Ben Lewin impressed the world with his creative gifts. Using crutches after contracting polio as a child, Lewin overcame his physical challenges and built an international screen career, winning Australian Writers' Guild Awards for "The Dunera Boys" (BBC, 1985) and "The Favour, the Watch and the Very Big Fish" (1991), as well as an Australian Film Institute (AFI) award for "Plead Guilty, Get a Bond" (1990) and two AFI nominations for "Georgia" (1988). After making the leap to Hollywood by lensing installments of "Ally McBeal" (Fox, 1997-2002) and "Touched by an Angel" (CBS, 1994-2003), Lewin scored his biggest American film success when he wrote, produced and directed "The Sessions" (2012), the based-on-real-life story of a paralyzed man (John Hawkes) who hires a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt). Hilarious, heartbreaking and honest, the Sundance Film Festival award-winning film showcased Lewin's unique strengths and was tapped to be a major awards contender. Gifted with a deep compassion and quirky sense of humor to match his filmmaking prowess, Ben Lewin was able to tell powerful stories that reflected the human condition, regardless of country or culture.

Relationships

Judi Levine Co-Producer

Wife
Levine produced Lewin's films including "Paperback Romance" (1994), "Hollywood Gold" (2003), and "The Sessions" (2012)

EDUCATION

National Film School

1971
attended on scholarship

Milestones

2012

Returned to feature writing and directing with drama "The Sessions"; also produced

2003

Helmed the film "Hollywood Gold," a personal documentary of his misadventures in the Beverly Hills jewelry trade during Oscar time

1999

Directed the season's highest-rated episode of Fox's "Ally McBeal" (titled "Let’s Dance")

1998

Directed two episodes of popular Australian drama series "SeaChange"

1997

Helmed the comedy "Paperback Romance," a crazy love story about disabilities starring Anthony LaPaglia and Gia Carrides

1991

Wrote and directed the messianic farce "The Favor, the Watch and the Very Big Fish," starring Bob Hoskins, Jeff Goldblum, and Natasha Richardson

1990

Wrote the screenplay for "Plead Guilty, Get a Bond," about a tribal aboriginal woman and her conflict with the Australian legal system

1988

Helmed the murder mystery feature "Georgia," starring Judy Davis; won eight Australian Film Institute nominations

1987

Directed award-winning "Matter of Convenience," about marriages of convenience

1985

Helmed much-honored and multi-award winning "The Dunera Boys," starring Bob Hoskins

1979

Breakthrough project as a writer and director, "The Case of Cruelty to Prawns," a comedy-drama for "ITV Playhouse"; won Best Television Film Award at the Melbourne Film Festival

1975

Joined the BBC as a director on the Nationwide program

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