Mr Brendan Christopher Donovan

BA/Bcom 15 years industry experience

Biography

Brendan came up through graphic design and advertising. He spent 8 years in New York where he started directing commercials, then short films. The festival success of his first short, Here, starring Lee Majors, helped fund two further shorts. Returning to New Zealand in 2002 Brendan became the establishing director on the successful Insiders Guide to Happiness and Insiders Guide to Love series. Winner of two New Zealand directing awards for the Insiders Guide and for tele-feature Aftershock (about the destruction of Wellington by an earthquake). His first feature, as writer/director The Hopes & Dreams of Gazza Snell, set in the Auckland suburb he grew up in, was produced by Robin Scholes (Once Were Warriors, Mr. Pip) and premiered at the New Zealand International Film Festival in 2010. It was released in early 2011 and was nominated for four 2011 AFTAs: Outstanding Debut, Best Supporting Actor, Best Lead Actress, Best Sound and was Winner of Outstanding Debut for Josh McKenzie. Also in 2011, Brendan wrote and directed a large budget exhibition film that played very successfully to 500,000 people during the Rugby World Cup. Brendan teaches Advanced Drama Direction part-time to Honours and Masters film students, as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland. He currently has 3 feature films and a television drama series in funded development.

http://screentalk.nzonscreen.com/interviews/brendan-donovan

Research | Current

  • Film and televison direction and writing

Teaching | Current

SCREEN 302 Creating Serial Narratives

SCREEN 701 Introduction to Directing

Responsibilities

Post Graduate Advisor: Screen

Areas of expertise

Film and televison direction and writing

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Donovan, B. C. (1/1/2011). We Do things Differently Here [Exhibition Film], The Cloud: New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/18692
  • Donovan, B. C. (1/7/2010). The Hopes & Dreams of Gazza Snell [35mm Film], New Zealand International Film Festival.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/18123
  • Donovan, B. C. (1/1/2008). Aftershock [Broadcast television], TV3, New Zealand. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/18691
  • Donovan, B. C. (1/1/2007). Rude Awakenings [Broadcast Television], TVNZ: TV2.
  • Donovan, B. C. The Insiders Guide To Love [3 video-discs], Auckland: Target Home Entertainment.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/18122
  • Donovan, B. C. (1/1/2006). Soft Boiled Luck [Broadcast Television], "Two Twisted" anthology drama series, Channel Nine, Australia.: Channel Nine, Australia.

Contact details

Primary location

SOCIAL SCIENCES - EAST - Bldg 201E
Level 5, Room 520
10 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand