Bob ConnolLY


Director / Producer

Bob Connolly began his career at the ABC, directing some 30 documentaries there in the 1970s before teaming up with Robin Anderson to work independently. In 1983 they released and  FIRST CONTACT, followed by JOE LEAHY'S NEIGHBOURS (1989) and BLACK HARVEST (1992). Shot in the PNG Highlands over ten years, these 3 films won 30 national and international awards, including an Oscar nomination for First Contact. All three won the Grand Prix at France’s Festival Cinema du Reel, and AFI awards for Best Documentary.

In 1996 Connolly and Anderson released RATS IN THE RANKS. Their last film together was FACING THE MUSIC (2001) which like all its predecessors enjoyed a lengthy national theatrical release. It too won the AFI Award for Best Documentary, and was voted most popular film at the Sydney and Brisbane Film Festivals.

In March 2002, Bob Connolly’s wife and colleague Robin Anderson died aged 51.

With co-director Sophie Raymond, MRS CAREY'S CONCERT is Bob's 6th major film release.