Bill Bennett

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Australian writer-director Bill Bennett has been a hands-on filmmaker from the start: for his first project, the 1983 television drama "Cattle King," Bennett wrote, produced, directed, and even provided still ... Read more »

Filmography

Director (13)

Uninhabited 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Tempted 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

The Nugget 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

In A Savage Land 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Kiss Or Kill 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Two If By Sea 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Spider & Rose 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Malpractice 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Mortgage 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Backlash 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Dear Cardholder 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Jilted 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

A Street to Die 1984 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (11)

Deck Dogz 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tempted 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Nugget 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Nugget 2002 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Cut 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

In A Savage Land 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Kiss Or Kill 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Backlash 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dear Cardholder 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jilted 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Street to Die 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (11)

Uninhabited 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tempted 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Nugget 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

In A Savage Land 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Kiss Or Kill 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Spider & Rose 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mortgage 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Backlash 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dear Cardholder 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jilted 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Street to Die 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Australian writer-director Bill Bennett has been a hands-on filmmaker from the start: for his first project, the 1983 television drama "Cattle King," Bennett wrote, produced, directed, and even provided still photography--an ambitious feat that he replicated in his subsequent two projects. With the screening of his next two films, "Backlash" and "Malpractice," at the Cannes Film Festival later that decade, Bennett cemented his position as an established Australian filmmaker. "Cattle King" was also Bennett's first of several collaborations with actress Jennifer Cluff, whom he would later marry. In the crime thriller "Kiss or Kill," Cluff played a minor supporting role, although her more significant contribution to the film was as both casting director and producer. To American audiences, Bennett's most recognizable work is the 1996 romantic comedy "Two if by Sea," which starred Sandra Bullock and Denis Leary; the latter actor also co-wrote. Bennett's sparse output in the 2000s includes the comedy "The Nugget," starring Eric Bana (before he became a Hollywood star) as a working-class man who suddenly becomes rich, and the 2010 horror thriller "Uninhabited," Bennett's effort to bring supernatural terror to Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

Relationships

Jennifer Cluff

Wife
married c. 1981

Milestones

1997

Had big success with the Australian film "Kiss or Kill"

1996

Helmed "Two If By Sea" starring Sandra Bullock and Denis Leary

1986

Helmed second feature, "Backlash"; screened at the Cannes Film Festival

1984

Feature directorial debut, "A Street To Die"

1984

Wrote, produced and directed the docudrama "Shipwrecked"

Hosted the Australian TV series "Willesee at Seven" in the 1970s

Began career directing documentaries

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