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Daryl Dellora

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Daryl Dellora
b. 1957, Melbourne, Australia.

BIOGRAPHY:   Daryl Dellora has been making films since completing a BA at Monash University in 1980 and studying under Bill Van Der Hyde and John A. Scott at the then Canberra CAE (now Canberra University) in 1982.

His first major film Seven Years Later (1982, 20 mins) was a combination of documentary reflections on the sacking of the Whitlam Government juxtaposed with dramatised scenes which evoke the dialogue, situations and characters of US day-time soap opera.


He completed the Swinburne Graduate Diploma of Applied Film and TV in 1985 where his student film about the late Frank Hardy, Hollywood Ten, Melbourne One (1985, 30 mins) was nominated for an AFI award. He has gone on to make feature length and one hour films for theatrical release and television and has established the production company Film Art Doco.

CRITICAL OVERVIEW:   "There is no such thing as truth only the search for it." Daryl Dellora has consistently made films which challenge either notions of established documentary film practice or entrenched broadcast television orthodoxies. He has been particularly interested in the penumbra between drama and documentary forms and often experimented with the use of established dramatic film conventions and story-telling within the documentary context. His films often revolve around the rich and compelling world of Australian law, politics and history. He co-wrote and directed the groundbreaking political film Mr Neal is Entitled to be an Agitator (1991, 58 mins) about the life of High Court Judge Lionel Murphy and the witch-hunt against him which led to his death. The Edge of the Possible (1998, 55 mins) has won international acclaim and represents the first time since the early 1970s that the master architect of the Sydney Opera House, Jørn Utzon, has broken his silence on his persecution at the hands of the Askin government in NSW in the 1960s.

Hollywood Ten, Melbourne One (1985, 30 mins)
Michael Kirby TRAILER (2010)


Hollywood Ten, Melbourne One

Election '80 (1980, 10 mins, Super 8)

Seven Years Later (1982, 20 mins, 16mm)

ETD (1982, 10 mins, 16mm)

Shadowy and Sinister Figures (1984, 30 mins, Super 8)

Hollywood Ten, Melbourne One (1985, 30 mins, 16mm)

A Film about Politics (1985, 1 min, 16mm)

Cleanskin (1986, 30 mins, BVU video)

Film Australia departmental films (1987, Various up to 30 minutes, Betacam)


Against the Innocent (1988, 76 mins, 16mm)

Wimmera River Catchment (1990, 25 mins, VHS)

Mr. Neal is Entitled to be an Agitator (1991, 58 mins, 16mm)

Koories and Cops (1993, 33 mins, Betacam)

Conspiracy (1994, 58 mins, 16mm/1 inch Video)

Australian Television Archive (1997, 16 hrs, Betacam) Sixteen Melbourne-based poineers of the televison industry in Australia (mainly directors and producers) were interviewed for this major oral history project now housed in the ScreenSound archives and recently purchased by ACMI.


The Edge of the Possible (1998, 55 mins, DVC Pro)

The Highest Court (1998, 56 mins, DVC Pro)

A Mirror to the People (2000, 55 mins, DVC Pro)

John Howard – As Good as His Word (2004, 6 mins, DVD)
part of Time To Go John

The Extraordinary Life And Times Of Vice-Admiral William Bligh (2005, Interactive Website)

Michael Kirby: Don't forget the Justice Bit (2010, 58 mins, DigiBeta)

Harry Seidler Modernist (2016, 58 mins HDV)


Who Shot George Kirkland? (Un-produced Script, 1993, 105 mins)

A Law is Made (2000, Script, 13 mins, Betacam)

Saint Ned (in development 2003, 55 mins, 16mm)



Hunt Angels ( 2006, 85 mins, directed by Alec Morgan)

Executive Producer:

Celebrity Dominick Dunne (2008, 85 mins, HDV, directed by Kirsty de Garis and Timothy Jolley)

The Dressmaker (2015, 119 mins, HDV, directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse)

Commissioning Editor SBSi 2002:

The What If? Man, The science fictional life of Peter Nicholls, Mark Atkin & Charlotte Seymour 52 mins

Trespass, David Vadiveloo, 26 mins

Surfers' Paradise, Cathie Schnitzerling, 26 mins

Taringa, The Houses of Rex and Susan Addison, Dennis Tupicoff and Fiona Cochrane, 26 mins

Flying Home, Jacqui North, 26 mins

Push Bikes, David Vadiveloo, 6 mins
Inma Maku, 6 mins
Digging Dirt and Doing Pannies, 6 mins
That Other Country, 6 mins
Girls Making Things, 6 mins
Unlock, 6 mins


Books by Daryl Dellora:

Michael Kirby: Law, Love and Life, Penguin 2012

Jørn Utzon and The Sydney Opera House, Penguin 2013


Numerous reviews in all major Australian dailies including The Bulletin and trade mags such as Encore and Hollywood Reporter.

HOLLYWOOD TEN, MELBOURNE ONE. Cantrills Filmnotes, April 1986. No. 49/50 (Double Issue): pp. 64-66.

"Breaking The Law: A conversation with Daryl Dellora", The Age Monthly Review, August 1989, Vol. 9, No. 5. pp 8-10 (Interview by Beth Spencer).

"We owe it to the victims to solve the Hilton mystery", The Australian, Friday September 8 1995, p. 17.

"The Diplomatic Director", Documenter, Vol 2 No 3, July 1999.

© Daryl Dellora, November 2017

Film Art Doco - the website of Daryl Dellora's production company.

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