John Battsek is the Managing Director and founder of Passion Pictures and is one of the most prolific and successful documentary producers. His most internationally recognised films include conceiving and co-producing One Day in September (1999), as well as producing Searching for Sugar Man (2012), which both won the Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature. Other works include Academy Award-nominee Restrepo, Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight of Freedom, Emmy-winning The Tillman Story and Manhunt: Inside the Hunt of Bin Laden, BAFTA Award-winning The Imposter, Grammy®-nominated Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, Project Nim about animal activism, Studio 54, The Final Year about Barack Obama, and multi-award-winning Listen to me Marlon about actor Marlon Brando. Battsek has been nominated three times for a Producers Guild of America Award and was the recipient of 2013 Grierson Trustees Award for Outstanding Contribution to Documentary. He received his first APSA nomination for The Australian Dream in 2019.

Accolades

Daniel Gordon and Sarah Thomson and Nick Batzias and Virginia Whitwell and John Battsek
Best Documentary Film, 2019

The Australian Dream

Best Documentary Film, 2019

The Australian Dream

In the years since winning Australian of the Year in 2014, Aboriginal Australian footballer Adam Goodes took a defiant stance against racism in mainstream culture.…

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Films

The Australian Dream
2019

The Australian Dream

Australia, United Kingdom
2019

The Australian Dream

In the years since winning Australian of the Year in 2014, Aboriginal Australian footballer Adam Goodes took a defiant stance against racism in mainstream culture.…

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