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Award winning filmmaker Danny Ben-Moshe is one of Australia’s leading documentarians. His acclaimed films have screened on leading networks around the world, played at multiple film festivals and gained rave reviews in the press. Danny is interested in stories that trigger debate, and his films have generated articles in newspapers such as The Washington Post and the New York Times.

With an interest in telling impactful and meaningful stories, Danny’s recent films include the epic family saga My Mother’s Lost Children (2017). Made for BBC Storyville, this documentary was reviewed by the ‘New Statesman’ as a “funny, sprawling and powerfully touching film”.

Danny only tells stories about subjects he is passionate, and Jewish stories feature high on his list.  This includes Shalom Bollywood: the untold story of India cinema’ which had its world premiere at the 2017 MAMI Mumbai International Film Festival where it was reviewed by the Hollywood Report as “lively, upbeat and entertaining”.

Danny won Australia’s top documentary prize, the Walkley Award for his 2014 film Code of Silence which lifted the lid on child sex abuse in the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. The judges cited how “The work is exceptional because of the access negotiated with key players as the drama unfolded”, and forming trustful relationships and having access are fundamentals for all of Danny’s films. 

Danny is also drawn towards great cultural tales, reflected in the feature length documentary about the 1960s ‘Carnaby Street Undressed’, which featured rock legends such as Roger Daltry from The Who, and was pick of the week in Britain’s ‘Sunday Times’.

A political junkie, Danny is drawn to contemporary political stories. He has made films about the far-right on Eastern Europe and is currently developing a film about human rights in China.

Whatever the subject, Danny is drawn to the quirky, with his films capturing both emotion and humour. His forthcoming documentary ‘The Outback Rabbis’ for SBS TV (2018), is a real life fusion of the Australian comedy ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ meets Mel Brook’s ‘Frisco Kid’.

Danny spent over a decade as a university professor researching diasporas, racism and anti-Semitism, Israel and Jewish Identity. He is editor of the book “Israel, the Diaspora and Identity”, and as a public intellectual has published articles in newspapers around the world. He is a graduate from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and has a PhD from the University of Melbourne.

When not making documentaries, Danny can be found watching Arsenal or struggling to comprehend Trump’s tweets, both of which can be a painful experience.

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