Anna Broinowski

Anna Broinowski is a director and writer, known for Forbidden Lie$, Aim High in Creation and Helen’s War.

Anna Broinowski is an author and filmmaker who has been tracking the illicit, subversive and bizarre since her 1995 film on the Japanese cultural underground, Hell Bento!!

Her films include Aim High in Creation! (about the North Korean propaganda film industry), Forbidden Lie$ (about hoax author Norma Khouri), Helen’s War (about anti-nuclear campaigner Dr Helen Caldicott), Sexing the Label (about queer Sydney in the 1990s) and Pauline Hanson: Please Explain!, which screened on SBS in 2016.

They’ve won stuff, including three AACTAs, a Walkley, the Rome Festival Cult prize, Best Film at Silverdocs USA, a NSW Premier’s Literary Award, the Writer’s Guild of America Best Nonfiction Screenplay and a Russian Film Critics’ prize shaped like an elephant.

After covering Kim Jong Il in her first book, The Director is the Commander, and Senator Pauline Hanson in her second one, Please Explain, Anna is looking forward to not writing about politicians for a while.

Books

The Director is the Commander (2015)

Please Explain: The rise, fall and rise again of Pauline Hanson (2017)

Awards

AACTA Award Best Direction Documentary (2004)

Australian Film Institute Award Best Documentary (2007)

Nominations: AACTA Award for Best Direction in a

Documentary (2014, 2007, 2004)

Rome Festival Cult prize

Best Film at Silverdocs USA

Writer’s Guild of America Best Nonfiction Screenplay

Walkley Award

NSW Premier’s Literary Award

SESSIONS

IS OUR DEMOCRACY WORKING?

Julian Burnside AO QC, Richard Fidler and Anna Broinowski.
Chair: Michael Cathcart

SATURDAY
11.45 am - 12.30 pm
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ENTRY with Weekend Pass

KATTER AND HANSON: ARE THEY ALIKE, OR POLES APART?

Anna Broinowski and Elliot Hannay reflect on their subjects.

SATURDAY
3.30 pm - 4.15 pm
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ENTRY with Weekend Pass

MASTERCLASS: MAKING DOCUMENTARIES THAT MATTER

SUNDAY
9.00 am - 12.30 pm
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TICKETED

Anna Broinowski’s visit to Cairns has been supported by RADF. The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Cairns Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

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