Kim Mordaunt

Writer / Director

Kim Mordaunt started his career as an actor. He is a graduate of LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) and the University of Technology (film production). Since then he has worked on a number of highly-acclaimed documentaries and dramas for the BBC and Channel 4 in the UK. After moving back to Australia, Kim’s feature documentary Bomb Harvest garnered rave reviews, enjoyed a theatrical release and received a standing ovation at Sydney Film Festival in 2007. The film was nominated for a number of awards including Best Documentary at the IF Awards, ATOM Awards, Film Critics Circle Awards, Best Director at the Australian Directors’ Guild Awards and Best Cinematography at the AFIs.

Kim’s other credits include the one-hour documentaries Copyrites and Survival, both for SBS TV; the half hour documentary Speed City – a raw picture of Sydney through the eyes of bicycle couriers (Best Short Documentary - Phoenix Film Festival; Best Documentary - Byron Bay Film Festival); the short drama Mongrel’s Ghost – a love story set in a psychiatric hospital (screened at numerous international film festivals including Los Angeles, Telluride Indiefest, Sao Paulo and Bilbao); and the one hour comedy drama, Jammin’ in the Middle E which was called “priceless” by Sydney Morning Herald and “revealing, beguiling, brilliant” by The Australian.

Kim made his dramatic feature debut as writer and director with The Rocket. The film has been awarded a staggering forty seven awards, including the Audience Award and Best Narrative Feature at Tribeca following on from winning the Crystal Bear for Best Feature (Generation Kplus program) and Best First Feature (across all sections of the Festival) and the Amnesty International Film Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2013. The film is the story of a boy who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him. He sets out to lead his family and two new friends across Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by the legacy of war, to prove he’s not cursed, he builds a giant rocket to enter the most exciting and dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival.

The Rocket has received local success, winning best Original Screenplay at the AACTA Awards, Best Original Screenplay at the AWGIE Awards, the Australian Directors Guild Award for Best Direction and the Audience Award at the 2013 Sydney Film Festival.

The film’s trailer can be viewed at:!trailer/c24vq

Kim’s highly acclaimed feature documentary Bomb Harvest formed the inspiration for The Rocket.

The trailer is available at:

Kim is currently developing two features with The Rocket’s producer Sylvia Wilczynski: One Crowded Hour and Pink Mist.

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