RICHARD MORDAUNT – FILM BIO

Producer, Director, Writer, Photographer

 

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, filming Hendrix, Otis Redding, Procol Harum, Godard and the Rolling Stones, and Ireland behind the Wire.


1966 ERIC BURDON AND THE ANIMALS

Eric Burdon and the Animals (House of the Rising Sun) takes us to Paris, Poland (Auchwitz), London and New York (Anti – Vietnam Marches), before the group breaks into pieces before the camera, exhausted by impossible schedules & performing with a manager they don’t trust..

Produced and directed by Richard Mordaunt for Lusia Films.

Photographed by Phil Motram


1967 SWEET SOUL MUSIC

Otis Redding’s last concerts in The UK, featuring brilliant footage of Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Arthur Conley and Eddie Floyd. Variety called it the best music film since Jazz on a Summers Day.

Produced through Atlantic Records in the UK.

Producers Frank Fentor and Richard Mordaunt.

Directed, Edited & photographed by Richard Mordaunt.

Additional Photography –  Ian Wilson and Clive Tickner.

Click here to watch Otis singing Try A Little Tenderness on Youtube
Please note, we didn’t publish this movie to Youtube.

48 min Cinema.


1967 PROCOL HARUM – Whiter Shade of Pale

Filmed on stage in London and in the ruins of Great Witley Court in Worcestershire,

This is one of the first music pop-clips to be made in the UK. It was the middle of the Vietnam War and includes newsreel footage from the war.

Produced, Directed and Edited by Richard Mordaunt .

Photographed by Richard Mordaunt, Clive Tickner and Raymond Steiner.

Click here to watch Procol Harum playing Whiter Shade of Pale on Youtube
Please note, we didn’t publish this movie to Youtube.


1967 NOWTIME

A 13 part series that chronicles the rise of the counterculture in the UK in 1967-68.

Produced by Richard Mordaunt and Peter Clifton.

Directed and Edited by Richard Mordaunt

Photographed by Richard Mordaunt and Clive Tickner

13 by 30 mins ABC


1968 VOICES

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.

Produced, Directed, Edited by Richard Mordaunt –

Photographed by Richard Mordaunt and Clive Tickner

50 mins – Cinema.

 


1969 IRELAND BEHIND THE WIRE – PARTS 1 & 2

Filmed in Northern Ireland 1969-73, this film chronicles the events surrounding ‘Bloody Sunday’ when the British Army fired on unarmed protestors in the Bogside in

Londonderry. This is a remarkable record of life in Northern Ireland under British Army occupation.

Produced and directed by Richard Mordaunt for Lusia Films and the Berwick Street Film Collective.

Photographed and Edited by Richard Mordaunt

75 mins- British Film Institute.


1973 SEEDS OF A NEW LIFE

This film is a portrait of the work of Dorothy Heathcote. Her work in the use of ‘drama in education’ became inspirational across the English speaking world in the 1970s.

Produced and Directed by Richard Mordaunt and Nigel Evans.

Photographed and Edited by Richard Mordaunt

50 mins – BBC 1 Omnibus


In 1979, Richard Mordaunt emigrated to Australia with his family.


1980 STEPPING OUT

40 extraordinary people, labelled by society as mentally handicapped, take to the stage at the Sydney Opera House and hold audiences spellbound. Aldo Genaro is their brilliant teacher. ‘This film is one of the most honoured documentaries in Australian film history and is destined to be shown around the world’. Philip Adams.

Produced and Directed by Chris Noonan,

Producers Richard Mordaunt and Jane Hanchel.

Edited by Richard Mordaunt

Music by Keith Jarrett

52 min Ch 7. Distributed by Ronin Films.


PORTRAIT OF A PAINTER

This portrait of artist Rose McKinley takes us into Rose’s world in the rivers, mountains and valleys of Northern New South Wales. A brilliant watercolorist, Rose creates the richness of her images from her relationship with the world that surrounds her.

Produced, Directed and Photographed by

Richard Mordaunt and Diana Barbara

30 min Cinema


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.

Co-directed by Richard Mordaunt & David Bradbury

Photographed by  Richard Mordaunt and David Bradbury

Edited by Peter Scott

52 min ABC TV.


BORN IN SOWETO

Named after Heidi Holland’s book, this is a portrait of life in Soweto, the heart

of South Africa in the mid 90s. Home to 4 million people, an icon of the apartheid period, infamous around the world for its violence, filthy streets and rickety shacks. It is also home to wonderful characters who give hope and shine through this film.

Directed and Photographed by James Ricketson,

Produced and Edited by Richard Mordaunt.

52 min SBS.


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.

Director – Richard Mordaunt.

Exec Producer – Mike Rubbo

Photographed by Paul Ree, Richard Mordaunt and Tom Cowan

Edited by Richard Mordaunt and Peter Scott

Financed by Australian Film Commission.

52 mins. ABC TV.


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’.

Produced by Richard Mordaunt and Diana Barbara

Directed, Photographed and Edited by Richard Mordaunt –

30 mins – ABC


WENDY SHARPE PAINTS THE LIFE OF ANNETTE KELLERMAN

In this film Wendy Sharpe sets out to paint the amazing life of Australia’s legendary swimmer Annette Kellerman, who in the early 1900s became a trailblazer for the ‘new woman’. Later she found international fame as a high paid entertainer on the Vaudeville stage and became a star of America’s first silent films.

Produced by Richard Mordaunt and Diana Barbara.

Directed and Edited by Richard Mordaunt

Photographed by Paul Ree

 

30 min ABC TV


SETTING THE STAGE –

The creation of Australia’s  largest Public Art Project.

This film goes behind the scenes and tells the story of the artists who were commissioned  to create major artworks for Australia’s Olympic site.

Produced by Richard Mordaunt and Diana Barbara.

Director – Richard Mordaunt

Photographed by Richard Mordaunt and Paul Ree

50 min ABC TV.


A SECRET HISTORY

Filmed in Syria and Iran

This remarkable story began in 1960 when Richard Mordaunt and Michael Oliver, following in the footsteps of Freya Stark the great English explorer, set out to explore the Valley of the Assassins in Northern Persia. The film they made was shown on David Attenborough’s Travellers Tales in 1961.

Then in 2010, fifty years later, they returned to Damascus to uncover the origins of the Assassin Story which had spread to Syria in the Middle Ages. They were one of the last people to film in Damascus and Aleppo before Syria descended into Civil War. A very revealing film.

Producer/Director – Richard Mordaunt

Exec Producer  Michael  Oliver

Presented by Sally Oliver

Photographed and Edited by Richard Mordaunt

50 min – Cinema.


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.

Producer/Director – Richard Mordaunt

Presenter – Dr C. Scott Taylor

50 mins – Cinema


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.

Producer/Director Richard Mordaunt

Producers – Kim Mordaunt & Diana Mordaunt

Exec Producer Franco di Chiera, Co-producer Milos Ludagic

Photographed by Richard Mordaunt, Joel Petersen, Kim Mordaunt

50,40, 28 min versions available