Screen International listed Brendan as one of 25 “Rising Stars” from around the globe following the 2011 release of his debut feature Mad Bastards.
Mad Bastards was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. It won the Independent Spirit Award at the 2011 IF Awards; received five AACTA Award nominations including Best Film and Best Original Screenplay; won Best Film at the Deadly Awards and garnered Film Critics and Director’s Guild nominations for Best Director.
Brendan’s latest film Oscar Wilde's The Nightingale and The Rose stars Mia Wasikowska, Geoffrey Rush and David Wenham and has its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival 2015. It is a short animation made in collaboration with two-time Archibald-winning artist Del Kathryn Barton and features a haunting original score from multi-platinum Australian songstress Sarah Blasko. The film was awarded Best Australian Short Film at the 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival.
Brendan has a long-standing reputation as a collaborator with top Australian talent. This began with Brendan co-directing a series of documentaries with Russell Crowe (Texas and The Men Who Couldn't Finish Things) followed by the award-winning documentary Black Chicks Talking co-directed with Leah Purcell which world premiered at the Inaugural Tribeca Film Festival.
This follows a robust career in television and documentary including ABC TV award-winners: 900 Neighbours, Judith Lucy's Spiritual Journey and The Elders. Brendan’s love of music has also seen him direct music videos for some of Australia’s leading musicians Sarah Blasko, Kasey Chambers, Alex Lloyd and The Pigram Brothers. Brendan often produces his films as well, and Barefoot Communications is the company home for all of his work.
Brendan is currently developing a range of feature drama and TV projects with Australian and international production partners.