Wendy Dent
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Wendy Dent
Dame Joan Sutherland Fund recipient, Filmmaker

Wendy Dent has risked missile attacks filming in the Middle East. She upturned the underbelly of the gigolo trade in Bali, and the inspiring side of life in the favelas of Brazil. She introduced the world to the modern day ‘Juliets’ in Verona, later profiled in the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Letters To Juliet’. And she has interviewed some of the most prominent people of our time, from the masters of jazz in New Orleans, to the exiled Cambodian opposition leader, and Hollywood icons Richard Gere and Jeffrey Katzenberg. Wendy has also written, directed, edited and produced all of her films in several languages and absolutely independently in every sense of the word - without pre-sales or funding. In addition she has filmed all her documentaries solo, across five continents, without any production crews. Wendy’s first short film premiered at Sydney’s prestigious Art Gallery of New South of Wales in 1997, just the second year of her film degree at the University of Technology Sydney.  Since graduation she has worked as a production manager and freelance editor for other producers.   Her focus however has been her own productions, (including short dramas, comedies and four feature length docs), which have screened in official selection in 30 film festivals and events from Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe. Wendy’s films have won a Special Jury Award for ‘Film as Art’ and two Gold Remi awards at Worldfest Houston, plus a gold statuette for ‘Best Producer’ at the International Audiovizual Festival of Azerbaijan.  Her film ‘Dear Juliet’ was screened in Verona, Italy, by the Verona City Council as a special presentation for the ancient city’s Valentine’s Day celebrations.  Her docs have also been included in curriculums and screened at special events and lectures at universities in the US, Brazil, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Wendy has been a guest-speaker at the prestigious University of Southern California  School of Cinematic Arts, Harvard University, Columbia University, Stanford University, University of California Berkeley, and Sydney’s Macquarie University, among others. Together with Woody Harrelson and Salma Hayek Wendy was also special guest presenter for the 2005 Palm Beach International Film Festival Gala, presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award to Leslie Nielson on live TV. Since the age of 16, Wendy’s writing on film and theatre has been published in several magazines and e-zines. She is founder and editor of HumanRightsOnFilm.com and GreenerScreen.com, a guest-blogger for Raindance (Europe’s biggest independent film festival) and been commissioned as a contributing writer for the Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics. Wendy is now serving as Visiting Scholar at the esteemed University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts for the academic year. Co-founded by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the USC School of Cinematic Arts is the oldest and largest film school in the US and ranked the top film school in the world. Wendy also has several feature docs, screenplays, books and web projects in the works. With her stage and screen achievements profiled in major radio, TV and print news across five continents - such as NBC, L’Arena (Verona), The Canberra Times, The Age (Melbourne), The Bulletin (Australian national), and The San Francisco Chronicle’s SFGate - and her documentaries enjoyed by audiences across five continents, Wendy says she’s happy to see her work making a difference. “For 15 years I’ve had the world as my set. And oh what a shoot.”  

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