RICHARD MORDAUNT – FILM BIO
Producer, Director, Writer, Editor
Richard Mordaunt is one of Australia’s most experienced Documentary film-makers, producing award winning documentaries, often as collaborations with other film-makers, which have been shown worldwide.
Before arriving in Australia in 1979, his film-making began in 1965 when he established Lusia Films in London, making six groundbreaking films in the UK. Using the first silent lightweight Éclair Cameras, he and Peter Whitehead were the first independent film-makers to capture these important times.
1966 HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN
1967 SWEET SOUL MUSIC – Otis Redding’s last concerts in the UK.
1967 PROCOL HARUM – Whiter Shade of Pale
1968 VOICES – A portrait of Jean Luc Godard filming the Rolling Stones in 1968 during the Paris Student uprising.
1969 IRELAND BEHIND THE WIRE Parts I and 2
1973 SEEDS OF A NEW LIFE – The work of Dorothy Heathcote, the UKs legendary drama teacher.
1979 RICHARD MORDAUNT EMIGRATES TO AUSTRALIA WITH HIS FAMILY
1981 STEPPING OUT Produced & directed by Chris Noonan, Producers Richard Mordaunt and Jane Hanchel.
Edited by Richard Mordaunt, Music by Keith Jarrett.
‘This film is one of the most honoured documentaries in Australian film history and is destined to be shown around the world’ Philip Adams
SALVATORE ZOFREA – A MASTER OF LIGHT
This film tells the Life Story of Salvatore Zofrea, one of Australia’s great painters. From his studios in Sydney and the Blue Mountains to his birthplace in Southern Italy, the film follows Salvatore’s story as he creates ‘Morning Light’, the first of three 100 foot long giant circles. These monumental artworks are reminiscent of the work that Monet did at the end of his life.
This is a hugely inspiring artist story of Salvatore’s life. A brilliant artist.
THE DOLPHIN STORY
Filmed in Australia, Greece, USA and Mexico, this film tracks the Dolphin Story across the planet. A human-dolphin diary in which we discover how these remarkable animals have left their mark on every culture in which they’ve appeared.
Travelling with Dr C Scott Taylor we witness astonishing healing stories between humans and dolphins.
This is an award winning film in which we learn a lot about what we need to know about the dolphins.
BRUSHES WITH FAME
This is a film about Australia’s most popular and controversial Art Prize, the Archibald Portrait Prize. We follow seven of Australia’s great painters over a year as they prepare their portraits for this annual competition. The film is also a history of the Archibald Prize and the first film in which we get to watch the judging process.
Produced by Richard Mordaunt and Diana Barbara.
JANET LAURENCE – THE LIFE WORLD
A portrait of one of Australia’s most successful installation artists.
‘Her work is brilliantly portrayed in this film. This is the work of a special artist’.
THE BATTLE FOR BYRON
This film, made with David Bradbury, tells the story of how an impassioned community, made up from people of all ages, mobilized themselves to protect their environment and overthrew a council hell-bent on development at all costs.
This is an intimate portrait of the French film-maker Jean Luc Godard, filmed in the UK while Godard was filming the Rolling Stones in Sympathy for the Devil. It is also a record of the times, the student uprising in Paris and the counter culture breaking out across the UK.