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Chris Kennedy (1 December 1948 – 27 August 2013[1]) was an Australian AFI Award winning film director, film writer, producer and novelist. He owned the company, Oilrag Productions and Oillamp Books.[2] Kennedy was a three-time Australian Film Institute Awards nominee[3] and an Australian Writer's Guild Award winner.[4]

Chris Kennedy
Born(1948-12-01)1 December 1948
Died27 August 2013(2013-08-27) (aged 64)
AwardsAustralian Writers Guild Award for Best Original Screenplay

1998 Doing Time for Patsy Cline

Australian Film Critics Awards for Best Cinematography
1998 Doing Time for Patsy Cline

San Diego Film Festival Award for Best Original Script
1998 Doing Time for Patsy Cline

Montreal Film Festival's Golden Zenith for Best Film from Oceania

2004 A Man's Gotta Do

He made his first film Glass, a low budget thriller, in 1989 and followed it up with This Won't Hurt a Bit, in 1993. During the 1990s he made Doing Time for Patsy Cline and the following decade, A Man's Gotta Do.[5]

He initially trained as a dentist and later studied at film school[6] In 2011 he added novel writing to his range go creative pursuits.

Chris Kennedy died from a heart attack on 27 August 2013.[1]


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  1. ^ a b "Vale – Chris Kennedy 1 December 1948 – 27 August 2013". Australian Cinematographers Society. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  2. ^ Oilrag Productions – The website of Chris Kennedy Archived 12 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 26 September 2013.
  3. ^ Chris Kennedy award nominations and wins. Retrieved 25 January 2008.
  4. ^ The website of Chris Kennedy – 3 time AFI award nominee Archived 12 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 25 January 2008.
  5. ^ David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p270
  6. ^ Interview with Chris Kennedy, 12 November 1998 Archived 28 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine accessed 19 October 2012

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