Ben Chessell


  • Deadloch (Amazon) – Set Up Director
  • Surviving Summer (Netflix & ZDF) – Set Up Director


  • The Great for Hulu – Director – produced by MRC Studios for Hulu
  • 2019 Giri/Haji for Netflix and BBC – Director – Sister Pictures/BBC/Netflix
  • 2018 Doctor Doctor Series 3 – Series Director Block 2 – Nine Network
  • 2018 The Family Law Series 3 – Series Director – Matchbox Pictures/NBCUniversal


  • 2018 Finalist, Best Direction of a TV/SVOD Comedy Program in the Australian Directors’ Guild Awards
  • 2015 Winner, Best Narrative Feature Award at the St Lawrence International Film Festival
  • 2009 Winner, Best Unproduced Screenplay, Australian Writers’ Guild Awards

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 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. Ben co-wrote and directed his first feature film, Sucker (co-written with Lawrence Leung) premiered at MIFF in 2015 and won the Best Narrative Feature Award at the St Lawrence International Film Festival.

Ben directed episodes of the first season of the children’s drama series, Dance Academy (ABC TV/ZDF Germany), episodes of RUSH Seasons 3 & 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 Universsal, was series director The Family Law (Series 2 & 3) and then completed directing two episodes of Doctor Doctor for the Nine Network.

Ben was a key director on season 1 of The Great (created by Oscar Nominee, Tony McNamara) produced by MRC Studios for Hulu/STAN. Prior to The Great, he also directed half of the critically acclaimed and BAFTA Nominated, Giri/Haji, produced by Sister Pictures for BBC/Netflix.


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