Renée Brack

words and vision

About Me

 

Storytelling is a profession, past-time and a passion. I’ve worked in the screen and media industries since last century and now have several years in education.

They’re a good mix, giving me a parallel career. As a woman child-free by choice, it’s a joy to give back by nurturing the next wave of emerging filmmakers.

Author | Writer

I make stuff and make stuff up.

Dad taught me to write when I was 3 years old and I’ve done it all my life. A highlight and honour was ghostwriting the autobiography and corporate story, Love & Addiction (2016) for Lorraine Wood, CEO of South Pacific Private. Now I have a slate of original, diverse stories in development I call the Dirty Dozen To Do Before I Die. 

Living and working as a writer in Australia was best served with non-gender-specific pseudonyms as it meant I could craft a wide variety of material without being typecast. Some of my most well-known writing doesn’t have my real name on it and that’s the way I like it.

This dichotomous yearn for anonymity and recognition began in the womb. No one knew I was there until a hockey player was struck by lightning and killed on the field. The force of it knocked other players to the ground. While checking for injuries, a doctor discovered mum was 5 months pregnant.

‘Brack’ is a word for lightning. It’s also the nickname for a bun containing dried fruit. I think it’s the sound a duck might make if you accidentally stepped on it. Braaack!

With a broad skill set of creative and technical skills, I can dive deep and craft immersive stories from unique perspectives. Feedback often includes comments such as, “I hadn’t thought about it like that before,” which satisfies my desire to engage people with the way they think about and see the world.

Director | Producer

Auteur on vision, collaborator on execution.

I’ve written, produced and directed short films that screened in various local and international festivals. Won some laurels and awards. OKK aka Outback Killer Koalas (feature) was a semi-finalist in the Animal Logic / Truant Pictures Screenplay Contest. Kiss My Ink (feature) was a finalist in the Filmmaker’s Factory Treatment Contest.

Short film Red-Handed (director Tony Tilse DGA) was an AACTA nominee & won numerous awards and laurels internationally. I originally wrote it as a feminist political play (performed in Short+Sweet, the world’s largest short play festival) and it found a horror/thriller audience as a film.

Interviewed 500+ people ranging from Oscar-winners, CEOs, scientists, ordinary people doing extraordinary things – to the common garden variety criminal. Chopper Read put a gun in my face and pulled the trigger. That made international news headlines. Interviewing is still one of my favourite skills.
My YouTube channel has racked up 1.8 million+ views and 1.4k+ subscribers because of my unique approach to interviews with a particular skill in crafting questions that invite character-revealing responses. I often hear “I haven’t told anyone this before”, and “I don’t know why I’m telling you this”. Colleagues call it my superpower.
I got a backstage pass to the biggest war of my generation in Afghanistan and Iraq with the Coalition Forces. A highlight was camping in Saddam Hussein’s palace library and sitting on his throne.

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