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Michael Thornhill

Michael Thornhill is a film producer, screenwriter, and director. He has a background in freelance journalism and publishing including working as a film critic for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian (1969 to 1973). He and Ken Quinnell published the film journal SCJ : The Sydney cinema journal from 1966-1968.

Michael Thornhill has an extensive career in the Australian film industry. He is best known for his films The F.J. Holden (1977) and Between Wars (1974). He worked as a projectionist and film editor before turning to directing short films and documentaries in the late 1960s. Some of his first films were short documentaries made for the Commonwealth Film Unit (now Film Australia) including The Esperance story (1968) and Cheryl and Kevin (1974). He has directed many films with screenplays written by Frank Moorhouse including The American Poet's Visit (1969), The Girl from the Family of Man (1970) and The Machine Gun (1971), Between Wars (1974), The Ever-Lasting Secret Family (1988) and the docudrama Who Killed Baby Azaria? (1983). His screenplays include The Esperance story (1968), Cheryl and Kevin (1974), and his feature film The Journalist (1979) . He has been the producer for many of his films including Between Wars (1974), The F.J. Holden (1977), The Ever-Lasting Secret Family (1988) and Who Killed Baby Azaria? (1983). In the late 1970s and early 1980s he was a director of the New South Wales Film Corporation, giving valuable support to films such as Hoodwink (1981).

Note: This profile was written in or before 2006.

Michael Thornhill Facts

BirthdayMarch 29, 1941 (81)
BirthplaceSydney, Australia

Selected Filmography

Not available.