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Anna Broinowski Anna Broinowski i(A21116 works by) (birth name: Anna Mariko Broinowski)
Born: Established:
East Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
Gender: Female
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Film-maker and author. Anna Broinowski's work focuses on the illicit and subversive: she has produced films on such topics as controversial nationalist politician Pauline Hanson (also the subject of a non-fiction book by Broinowski), North Korean propaganda, authorial hoaxes, and anti-nuclear campaigns. In 2015, she produced a book about North Korean propaganda, based on her experience of making the film Aim High in Creation!: it was shortlisted for the Nib and longlisted for the Dobbie Award.

Most Referenced Works


  • Author writes in these languages:ENGLISH

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Please Explain : The Rise, Fall and Rise Again of Pauline Hanson Melbourne : Penguin Random House Australia , 2017 11573185 2017 single work biography

'In 1996, Pauline Hanson gave a speech that changed Australia. Attacking Asian and Indigenous people and foreign aid, Hanson unleashed a Pandora’s box of violence and division on the progressive country Prime Minister Keating had positioned as ‘part of Asia’. After her famous defeat in 1998, her political downfall seemed assured – but she stayed firmly in the spotlight, whether she was being locked up for electoral fraud or jiving on Dancing with the Stars. Now, after almost two decades in the political wilderness, Hanson is back and more powerful than ever. Before One Nation’s astonishingly successful return to Australian politics in 2016, multi-award-winning filmmaker Anna Broinowski had complete access to Hanson and her ‘Fed Up’ election campaign. Broinowski followed Hanson as she flew from Rockhampton to Sydney to Great Keppel Island and beyond in her Jabiru two-seater. The crazies, the madness, the division and the hatred Hanson attracts and inflames were all on show – sometimes funny, sometimes frightening, and often surreal. At the time, no one was taking Pauline Hanson and One Nation’s political chances seriously, but Broinowski quickly realised that there was a movement forming behind her. Pauline Hanson’s explosive political journey mirrors Australia’s own: from left-leaning multiculturalism, to the divided landscape we live in now. And, alongside the shocks of Brexit and Trump’s presidency, Hanson's resurrection reflects a broader global trend towards outrageous far-right outsiders.' (Publication Summary)

2018 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Queensland Premier's Award for a Work of State Significance
y separately published work icon The Director Is the Commander Melbourne : Penguin , 2015 8585778 2015 single work autobiography

'We were all propagandists; the only differences were our goals.'

Looking for respite from her crumbling marriage and determined to stop a coal seam gas mine near her Sydney home, filmmaker Anna Broinowski finds wisdom and inspiration in the strangest of places: North Korea. Guided by the late Dear Leader Kim Jong Il's manifesto The Cinema and Directing, Broinowski, in a world first, travels to Pyongyang to collaborate with North Korea's top directors, composers and movie stars to make a powerful anti-fracking propaganda film.

The Director is the Commander centres around the bizarre twenty-one day shoot Broinowski did in North Korea to make her documentary, Aim High in Creation! She meets and befriends artists and apparatchiki, defectors and loyalists, and gains a new insight into the world's most secretive regime. Her adventures are set against a parallel exploration of propaganda in general: both in its ham-fisted North Korean form and its sophisticated but no less pervasive incarnation in the corporate West.

Funny, multi-layered and utterly compelling, The Director is the Commander is a gripping account of an extraordinary journey inside a nation we can usually only see from the outside looking in.

2016 longlisted Kibble Literary Awards Nita May Dobbie Award
2015 winner 'The Nib': CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature Mark and Evette Moran Nib Award for Literature The Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize
2015 shortlisted Mark and Evette Moran Nib Award for Literature
2016 shortlisted Festival Awards for Literature (SA) Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Award for Non-Fiction
form y separately published work icon Forbidden Lie$ Australia : Palace Films , 2007 Z1277577 2007 single work film/TV

'In July 2004, Norma Khouri, best-selling author of 'Forbidden Love', was exposed as a fake. She'd won fame and fortune as a Jordanian virgin with a fatwah on her head for her campaign against honour killings. But she was really Norma Bagain, an alleged Chicago con artist on the run from the FBI for $1 million of fraud. Spinning murder, greed and literary scandal into a web that entangles us all, FORBIDDEN LIE$ is a real-life thriller for our time.'

Source: Screen Australia.

2008 winner Al-Jazeera Golden Award
2008 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Betty Roland Prize for Scriptwriting
2007 winner Film Critics Circle of Australia Best Feature Documentary
2007 winner Australian Film Institute Awards Best Documentary
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