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Nicholas Hansen

Corporate, Journalist, Social Commentator, Speaking Out

Nicholas Hansen’s first feature documentary Rash was awarded the Best Australian Documentary Film from the Critics Circle of Australia Awards in 2005. Nicholas is passionate about documentary and produces and directs the successful outcomes of short, feature documentaries and multi-platform online storytelling. In 2011 Nicholas completed the one hour documentary Breaking The News about two local East Timorese journalists who a decade after independence still struggle to freely report the ongoing turmoil of their country.

Where were you born?

I was born in Melbourne, Australia but in a former life and career in the 18th century I was a Danish sailor. Right!

What other jobs have you had?

Photographer, artists, web designer and programmer.

What themes are recurring in your work?

The themes that come up in my work often include politics, media and art and the effect of their mixture.

What have been the highlights of your career?

Best documentary award for documentary Rash at Film Critics Circle Awards in 2005. Independent Spirit Award nomination for my latest documentary Breaking the News at the 2011 IF Awards.

Where have your works been published or broadcast?

ABC TV, Various Australian and international film festivals. (Also illegally download tens of thousands of times!). My photographs have been published in newspapers and design books.

What are you passionate about?

The machinations of news media, freedom of speech.

Haven’t I seen you before?

Introducing my latest film at a festival or on TV or perhaps my mug shot in a newspaper … for art not crime!

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

Cave and graffiti art were some of the earliest forms of social media.

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