John B. Murray - Australian Filmmaker & Author

Alcheringa Tele-series 13 x 15 Minutes (Uncredited - ABC)
Australian Wildlife
(various titles)
Tele-series 6 x 30 Minutes (Uncredited - ABC)
Yoga and the Individual Documentary 16 Minutes Writer-Director & Producer
(AFI Silver Award 1966)
It's Rice: Australian Documentary 30 Minutes Writer-Director & Producer
2000 Weeks Feature 100 Minutes Associate Producer & 1st Asst. Director
Assistance India: People to People Documentary 40 Minutes Writer-Director & Producer
Birth of a Mill Documentary 20 Minutes Writer-Director & Producer
Griffith Jubilee Documentary 17 Minutes Writer-Director & Producer
The Naked Bunyip Feature 136 Minutes Director-Producer & Co-writer
49A Drama 16 Minutes Director-Producer
Libido Feature 120 Minutes Co-exec. Producer & Director of Pt. 1
We of the Never Never Feature 116 Minutes Co-producer
A Personal History of the Australian Surf:
Being the confessions of a straight poofter
Feature 59 Minutes Executive Producer
Lonely Hearts Feature 96 Minutes Producer
(Best Film AFI Awards 1982)
Devil in the Flesh Feature 103 Minutes Producer
(Official Selection Cannes 1986)
Kids First Documentary 56 Minutes Producer
Crafts of Australia Documentary 12 Minutes Director
Australian Centenary of Cinema Celebratory Short Film 2 Minutes Producer
The Plight of Tibet and the Dalai Lama Documentary 53 Minutes Writer-Director & Producer
Massenet: His Life and Music Documentary 52 Minutes Director (The rehearsal sequences)

Murray, in addition, has directed and produced corporate in-house films and television commercials.


JOHN MURRAY HAS ALSO CONTRIBUTED TO FILM AS

• President of the Producers & Directors Guild of Australia (in Victoria) (4 years).

• Distributor of his films The Naked Bunyip (which he also exhibited), Libido, Lonely Hearts, and recent Documentary The Plight of Tibet and the Dalai Lama.

• Inaugural Executive Director of the Film, Radio & Television Board of the Australian Council for the Arts (now the Australia Council), during which time (in addition to funding the development of filmmakers and the art of film, television and radio generally) he established community access video centres throughout Australia. His experience in breaking the control of exhibition by the major distributors to gain outlets for The Naked Bunyip (1970) also led him, on behalf of the FR&TV Board, to create showcase cinemas for Australian films. These included The Longford (Melbourne) and The Chauvel (Sydney). The latter was incorporated in his concept that restructured the Paddington Town Hall to house a cinema, national video resource centre, video access centre and a radio station. It also included offices for the Australian Film Institute which administered the video centres and cinemas on behalf of the Film, Radio & Television Board.

• The author of a detailed handbook for the Australian Film Commission entitled DELIVERY ITEMS: A Guide for Video and Film Producers. (Three editions)


JOHN MURRAY HAS ALSO WRITTEN

• A non-fiction book on India published in December, 2003: Reflections from an Indian Diary. (Originating publisher; Wakefield Press. Current publisher/distributor: Murray Mancha Pty Ltd), now (2010) also available as audio book read by author.

You can purchase Reflections from an Indian Diary (text and audio book) and DVD on Tibet here.

• Essays on historic films: The Genesis of The Naked Bunyip and The Genesis of Libido

• Numerous magazine and newspaper articles, including: Tibetans On Their Own, Through Forty-Two Years Of Hell (The Australian ‘Weekend Review’)

Prelude to a Screening: this essay was written by John Murray as an introduction to his early film activities and to advertise a retrospective screening of his first feature film: The Naked Bunyip: by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, in 2008


SOCIALLY & POLITICALLY HE HAS FUNCTIONED AS

Department of Foreign Affairs appointee (1975) to India for cultural relations
  (1976/77 - non-political).

• Treasurer and vice-president of the Australia-India Society of Victoria (10 years).

• Executive member of the Australian-Asian Association of Victoria (10 years).

• A member of the South Asian Studies Association.

• Leader of Community Aid Abroad tours of India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, and Indonesia.

• A committee member for the organisation, People Together, which carried out audits on the social effects of the Kennett Government’s policies in Victoria, Australia. (1990s)

Murray continues to take an interest in South East and South Asian affairs, and has lectured on Indian topics for the National Gallery of Victoria ('Vision of Kings'), and to other groups: lectures such as On The Ashram Trail: 10 Years Before The Beatles, and The Indian Woman: Constrained by Myth.