- Ben Gannon (producer)
Gannon graduated from the production course of the
National Institute of Dramatic Artin 1970. He then worked at the Queensland Theatre Companybefore stage-managing the original Australian production of Jesus Christ Superstarfor Harry M. MillerAttractions. This was followed by eight years in London where Gannon was Company Manager of Hair in the West End, and worked as a Theatrical Agent at the American Talent Agency, ICM, before forming his own Talent Agency representing actors, writers, directors and designers.
Gannon returned to Australia in 1980 and was appointed General Manager of Associated R & R Films, the
Robert Stigwood/ Rupert Murdochjoint venture which produced the acclaimed film "Gallipoli", of which he was Associate Producer. After forming his own production company, View Films, he produced two mini-series " Shout! The Story of Johnny O'Keefe" (starring Terry Serio) and " Shadow Of The Cobra" (starring Rachel Wardand Art Malik).
He produced the award-winning films "
Travelling North" (starring Leo McKern), " Sweet Talker" (starring Bryan Brownand Karen Allen), " The Girl Who Came Late" - also known as "Daydream Believer" - (starring Miranda Ottoand Martin Kemp), " Hammers Over The Anvil" (starring Charlotte Ramplingand Russell Crowe), and " The Man Who Sued God" (starring Billy Connollyand Judy Davis).
His film "The Heartbreak Kid" was the catalyst for his 210-hour television series "
Heartbreak High". This proved to be one of Australia's most successful television exports ever, being sold to 80 countries [http://friendsofnida.org/bio-Ben-Gannon.htm] .
For ABC Television he produced the documentary "Peter Allen: The Boy From Oz".
In 1998 he co-produced with London producer, Robert Fox, Australia's highest-grossing theatre production [http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200701/s1821619.htm] "
The Boy from Oz", which later was successfully presented on Broadway, receiving a 2004 Tony Awardnomination for Best Musical.
He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2006 [http://22.214.171.124/search?q=cache:noe9GdLvLvkJ:www.gg.gov.au/res/File/PDFs/honours/qb06/Media%2520Notes%2520AO.pdf+Ben+Gannon&hl=en&gl=au&ct=clnk&cd=56&client=firefox-a] , with his citation reading::"For service to the performing arts as a producer contributing to the development of film, television and theatre in Australia, and in promoting Australian productions and talented actors overseas, and to the community"
He died in January 2007, aged 54, following a long battle with cancer.
* [http://friendsofnida.org/bio-Ben-Gannon.htm Friends of NIDA Bio]
* [http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200701/s1821619.htm ABC News death notice]
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