Ben Lawrence

Director |Writer

Ben Lawrence is an internationally award-winning filmmaker, working across short film, documentary series, feature and feature documentary.

Ben’s debut narrative film Hearts and Bones (Night Kitchen Productions, 2019), which he co-wrote with Beatrix Christian, has been critically lauded since its world premiere at the 2019 Sydney Film Festival, where it played in Official Competition. That was followed by successful screenings at Melbourne International Film Festival and the announcement that it will play in competition at CinefestOz, competing for the grand prize of $500,000. Hearts and Bones will have its international premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. The film tells the story of a friendship between a war photographer (Hugo Weaving) and a South Sudanese refugee (Andrew Luri), who are connected by a photograph that threatens to destroy them both – it will be released theatrically by Madman Entertainment in Australia and New Zealand in 2020.

His critically acclaimed debut feature documentary, Ghosthunter (Madman Entertainment), has screened at multiple festivals around the world, earning an Ben an AWGIE Award for Best Writing for a Documentary Feature; an AACTA Award nomination for Best Feature-Length Documentary as well as winning the Sydney Film Festival Best Australian Documentary Award in 2018. It was released nationwide in Australia and New Zealand by Madman in September 2018. Ben has also, in association with Audible, released a five-part true-crime podcast inspired by the documentary; both the podcast and the documentary follow Jason King, a Western Sydney security guard and self-taught ghost hunter confronting a terrible family secret.

Ben also co-directed a 3x1hr documentary series for the ABC called Man Up (Heiress Films, 2016) which focused on male masculinity and the alarming rates of suicide amongst Australian men.

His short films have screened at Edinburgh, Clermont-Ferrand, Los Angeles, San Gio and Sao Paulo film festivals.

Ben is currently developing a number of projects, including a series adaptation of Ghosthunter.

For enquiries regarding Ben Lawrence please contact us via email or on (02) 9319 7199