Ben Gannon (producer)

Ben Gannon (producer)

Bernard Gannon AO (23 September 1952 - 4 January 2007) was a prominent Australian film, television and stage producer.

Gannon graduated from the production course of the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1970. He then worked at the Queensland Theatre Company before stage-managing the original Australian production of Jesus Christ Superstar for Harry M. Miller Attractions. 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 Murdoch joint 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 Ward and Art Malik).

He produced the award-winning films "Travelling North" (starring Leo McKern), "Sweet Talker" (starring Bryan Brown and Karen Allen), "The Girl Who Came Late" - also known as "Daydream Believer" - (starring Miranda Otto and Martin Kemp), "Hammers Over The Anvil" (starring Charlotte Rampling and Russell Crowe), and "The Man Who Sued God" (starring Billy Connolly and 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 [] .

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 [] "The Boy from Oz", which later was successfully presented on Broadway, receiving a 2004 Tony Award nomination for Best Musical.

He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2006 [] , 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.

External links

* [ Friends of NIDA Bio]
* [ ABC News death notice]

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