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Ben Lewin (born 1946) is an Australian director.

Ben Lewin
Born1946 (age 72–73)

Early life and educationEdit

Ben Lewin was born in Poland. As a child, he emigrated with his family to Melbourne, Australia.[1] At the age of six, he contracted polio which has caused him to use crutches for the rest of his life.[2] Lewin attended the University of Melbourne where he studied law. In 1971, he left his job as a barrister[3] in Australia after being given a scholarship to study film at National Film and Television School in England.[1] After school, Lewin remained in England where he worked in television.

Work in filmEdit

Lewin has since made feature films in Australia, England, France, and America. Some of his notable films are The Dunera Boys (1985), Georgia (1988), The Favour, the Watch, and the Very Big Fish (1991), and most recently The Sessions (2012), for which he also wrote the screenplay, based on an essay by Mark O'Brien. He directed the 2017 film Please Stand By and 2018's The Catcher Was a Spy.


  1. ^ a b "Biographies - Ben Lewin". Archived from the original on 10 November 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  2. ^ Horn, John (22 January 2012). "Sundance 2012: A 65-year-old takes on disability and sex in 'The Surrogate'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  3. ^ Hooks, Barbara (14 April 1987). "A world of comedy in Acland Street". The Age. Retrieved 21 September 2012.

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