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Dean Francis
b. November 2, 1979, Newcastle Upon Tyne, U.K.

BIOGRAPHY:   Dean Francis graduated with a Master of Arts in Directing from the Australian Film Television and Radio School where he picked up the Australian Screen Directors Association Award for Best Directed Drama in recognition of his short Afterlife.

Dean has directed over ten short films which have had more than 70 film festival screenings and won numerous awards, including Best Student Film at the St Kilda Film Festival.


In 2001, Dean co-directed, co-wrote, produced and edited the short feature Crazy Richard which premiered at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and was later released in the US on DVD through Ariztical Entertainment. Also included on the DVD release were two half-hour episodes of the internet sitcom I Can't Even Think Straight! which Dean wrote, directed and produced.

Prior to attending the AFTRS Dean completed an Advanced Diploma in Cinematography at the Institute of Lens Arts Australia and also worked as a field producer for ABC Television's youth digital arm Fly TV.

As an actor, Dean has appeared in numerous roles on the stage and screen, including the soap Neighbours.

Dean's latest film Vermin (23 mins) recently made its world premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Currently, Dean has a slate of feature films in development while freelancing as a commercials director.

Dean Francis is represented by Stacey Testro International.

CRITICAL OVERVIEW:   For someone in his mid twenties, Dean Francis has produced an incredibly diverse and ambitious range of work across many genres.

Much of Dean's early work is intensely personal and addresses pertinent social issues in an often confrontational manner.

More recently, Dean has diversified his filmmaking and developed a curiosity to explore the possibilities of comedy and action.

Dean enjoys close collaborations with performers and frequently employs improvisation as a means of exploring story and character.


Cult of Beauty (1998, 11 mins, Super 8)

Escape from Hell (1998, 9 mins, Super 8)

Dysposia (1999, 21 mins, Super 8 / 16mm / Video [Video finish])

Humans Y2K (1999, 26 mins, Video)
(International co-production documentary)

I Can't Even Think Straight! (2000, 56 mins, Video)
TV sitcom

Crazy Richard (2001, 64 mins, Video)
co-directed with Katrina Mathers

Dupion (2003, 9 mins, 16mm)


MOVE! (2004, 100 mins, HD Video)
International co-production feature film, comprising 16 sections, the Australian section directed by Dean Francis.

Too Little Justice (2004, 6 mins, Video)

Transgression (2004, 7 mins, Video / Super 8 film)

Boys Grammar (2005, 8 mins, Super 16mm)

Afterlife (2005, 10 mins, Video)

Go Fight Yourself (2005, 1 min, Super 16mm)

Vermin (2006, 22 mins, Super 16mm)

Deadline (2006, 9 mins, Super 16mm)
Currently in post-production

I Can't Even Think Straight!

"New Smash Sitcom!" by Virginia Murdoch, Farrago, Volume 3, Edition 79, April 2000

"Sicker than Southpark" by Andy Murdoch, Melbourne Star Observer, No 521, May 2000

"I Can't Even Think Straight!" by Ross Jacobs, If Magazine, November 2000

"Catch a Fallen Star" by Andrew Shaw, Melbourne Community Voice, No. 64, March 2002

"Crazy Richard" by March Ellis, Melbourne Community Voice, No. 100, November 8, 2002

"Crazy is as Crazy Does" by Chloe Flynn, State of the Arts, February 2003

"Interview: Dean Francis" Neighbors: The Perfect Blend, August 2003

"Radar: Crazy Richard" Feature by Gina Flaxman, IF Magazine, No.52, Mar 2003. p.20

"Film School Confidential" by Tristan Banks, Australian Screen Education, Issue 34, 2003 p.52

"Boys Behaving Badly" by Natalie Trombetta, Who, May 23 2004 p.52

"A Short angry shot brings riot to screen" by Georgina Safe, The Australian, Wednesday 26/05/04. p 5

"Graphic film puts bullies in close-up" by Frank Walker, The Sydney Morning Herald, Sunday 27/02/05. p18

"Push Comes to Shove" Sydney Xpress News, March 3 2005 p. 11

"Bully Boys" by Marc Andrews, DNA, # 66, July 2005 p. 20

Dean Francis, September 2006.

Dean Francis' website

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