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Name  John Winter
Role  Film writer

Awards  AACTA Award for Best Film

Occupation  Australian film and television writer, director and producer
Movies  Rabbit‑Proof Fence, Doing Time for Patsy Cline, Paperback Hero, Black & White & Sex, My Mother Frank
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Education  University of Melbourne

John Winter (born 29 March 1956) is an Australian film and television writer, director and producer. He is best known for producing Rabbit-Proof Fence, Doing Time for Patsy Cline and Paperback Hero. His directorial debut Black & White & Sex premiered at the 2011 Sydney Film Festival with its international premiere at the 41st International Film Festival Rotterdam. The film won the 'Best Experimental' at the 2012 ATOM Awards.



Winter began his career at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) where he was a production manager. His credits during this time include the Nature of Australia series, A Dangerous Life, Bodysurfer, Police Rescue and Come in Spinner. During this period he co-wrote and directed the short film Paper Dart that screened at the St Kilda Film Festival.

Winter's producing career has had many successes. In 1995 he produced Vacant Possession which received 4 Australian Film Institute (AFI) nominations and won a Special Jury prize at Créteil.

In 1997 John also produced Doing Time for Patsy Cline which opened Sydney Film Festival and received 10 AFI nominations including Best Film. The film was a critical and box office success.

Winter was script producer on the first series of the ABC's high rating television drama series, SeaChange, before returning to producing with Paperback Hero starring Hugh Jackman and Claudia Karvan. My Mother Frank followed, premiering at Berlin International Film Festival. It starred Matthew Newton, Sinéad Cusack, and Sam Neill, closed the Sydney Film Festival and won Most Popular Feature Film at the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Winter also produced Phillip Noyce's acclaimed Rabbit-Proof Fence that won Best Film at the 2002 AFI Awards.


Winter has directed several short films, most recently Mirror Mirror, starring Roy Billing, that screened at 27 international film festivals including Frameline and the London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.

Winter's feature film directorial debut is Black & White & Sex (2011).The film had its world premiere at the Sydney Film Festival on June 18, 2011.


  • Winner 2002 AFI Award - Best Film Rabbit-Proof Fence
  • Nominated 1997 AFI Award - Best Film Doing Time for Patsy Cline
  • References

    John Winter (producer) Wikipedia

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