After studying Ecology and Medieval History at Melbourne University, Ben Chessell graduated from Victorian College of the Arts in 2001. Palace Films released his highly acclaimed graduation film, The Only Person In The World theatrically with Italian For Beginners. It was a finalist at the 2002 Dendy Awards, was nominated for an AFI award and won Best Short Film at the Australian Circle of Film Critics, as well as screening at over twenty film festivals.
Ben directed episodes of the first season of the children’s drama series, Dance Academy (ABC TV/ZDF Germany), episodes of RUSH Seasons 3 and 4 and Offspring Seasons 3 and 4 as well as writing episodes of both those shows (Southern Star, Channel 10) and then directed episodes of the first season of Camp for Matchbox and NBC Universal. He has recently finished work on The Family Law as Series 2 Director.
Ben was a finalist in the Kudos/Red Planet Pictures Screenwriting Prize in 2011 and is currently developing a number of feature films and television dramas as writer/director: Writing Rain with producer Louise Smith (Australian Writers Guild un-produced screenplay award in 2009), The Uncertainty Principle (with co-writer, Rjurik Davidson) and Dirty Old Town (with producer Tait Brady). He is also the writer of Jerusalem, an epic historical romance and is developing The Century, and The Department (with Werner Film & Television Productions) for television.
Ben’s first feature film, Sucker (co-written with Lawrence Leung, produced by Jason Byrne and Robyn Kershaw) premiered at MIFF in 2015 and recently won the Best Narrative Feature Award at the St Lawrence International Film Festival. The film stars John Luc, Lily Sullivan and Timothy Spall.