Barbara Anna Chobocky

Barbara Chobocky

ROLE / ORGANISATION

Filmmaker | Documentary Films

LOCATION

NSW | Australia

SHORT BIO

Barbara Chobocky is one of Australia’s most highly respected documentary filmmakers. Her work spans five decades from 1975 to the present, during which time she has focused on subjects that illuminate the psychological impact of social history and politics on the lives of individuals and families across a multicultural spectrum. Barbara has chosen topics that throw light on the behaviour of ordinary people whose lives have been shaped by extraordinary circumstances.

BARBARA ANNA CHOBOCKY Barbara is a well-known Australian writer/producer/director with many successful and award-winning projects to her credit. In 1978, she established Documentary Films and through this company has produced a number of films dealing with urgent social issues. Among these, several have attracted particular acclaim. In 1990, Barbara was awarded the prestigious DOCUMENTARY FELLOWSHIP by ABCTV and the Australian Film Commission in recognition of the quality and creativity in her productions over the preceding decade. MARIA – her resulting fellowship film – was broadcast by the ABC and won the Dendy Award for Best Documentary at the 1992 Sydney Film Festival. Amongst many awards, it won the Australian Human Rights Commission Award and the NSW Ethnic Affairs Commission Award for best film, as well as an AWGIE for Best Documentary Screenplay, Australian Film Institute Award for Best Documentary Film Play and the Cinevex Award at the St. Kilda Film Festival. BILLION DOLLAR CROP reveals the real reasons behind the original prohibition of cannabis (a.k.a. hemp, grass, marijuana) during the 1930s. This program was broadcast on ABCTV in 1994 and 1996 and is widely-acknowledged throughout Australia as having led to legal reforms enabling farmers to grow the new non-drug varieties of this plant. In April 1992, Iranian exiles ran riot in simultaneous demonstrations in Europe, North America, and Australia. In Canberra, the trashing of the Iranian Embassy was recorded by an SBSTV news crew and was telecast worldwide. THE RAID, co-written, produced and directed by Barbara, tells the stories of those people who were labeled as terrorists by the media and tried as members of an international terrorist conspiracy. The Australian Film commission awarded Barbara her second Fellowship in 1998, which has led to the development of a project about the decade of changes in the Czech Republic since the introduction of democracy in 1989. Barbara has recently completed two documentaries. Viva La Diva – Portrait of Yvonne Kenny, is a one hour program about Australia’s best-known opera soprano Yvonne Kenny and was broadcast on SBSTV in July 2002. The other, Welcome to the Waks Family, is about one of Australia’s largest families, with 17 children to the same two parents. This will be broadcast on SBSTV in the near future.

Location: Barbara travels extensively between locations,offices, clients, family and friends in Australia, United States of America and Europe.   CONTACT NOW
Skills Areas: Career Guidance
Documentary: Directing
Documentary: Writing
Documentary-Producer
Experimental
When Available:

Depends on nature, length and logistics of assignment.

Barbara does long haul journeys between continents flying business class at client’s expense.

Budget considerations will always be taken into account as most of Barbara’s work is on a non-profit basis. Her hourly rate for consultations is negotiable based on application and circumstances.

Topics: Happy to speak about any of the films – earliest or latest. Career guidance in documentary film-making. Writing, producing, directing documentary.
YEAR DOCUMENTARY AWARDS & RECOGNITION
2006 CAPITALIST DRIVE
  • New Zealand International Documentary Film Festival
  • Nominated AWGIE, Best Broadcast Television, 2005
  • JIHLAVA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, 2004 Official Selection, Czech Republic
2003 WELCOME TO THE WAKS FAMILY
  • REAL LIFE FILM FESTIVAL, Melbourne
  • SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL – Dendy Awards – Finalist
  • AWGIE Awards – Finalist Public Broadcast television
2002 VIVA LA DIVA – Portrait of Yvonne Kenny
  • BANFF Television Festival
1999 PASSPORT TO PLANET SUB
  • Puppet and animation about an alien trapped in a High Voltage Electricity Sub-station
  • Finalist – 1999 ATOM Awards (Australian Teachers of Media)
1997 AUSTRALIAN FILM COMMISSION DOCUMENTARY FELLOWSHIP
1997 THE RAID
  • BRONZE APPLE awarded by the National Educational Media Network, USA.l
  • Dendy Award Finalist, Sydney Film Festival
1996 ATOM AWARD
  • Australian Teachers of Media Award for Best Documentary
1995 AWGIE
  • Australian Writer’s Guild Award for Best Public Broadcast Documentary
  • MEDIA NET AWARD, International Competition judged in Munich, Germany
  • BILLION DOLLAR CROP
  • Screened ABCTV in 1994 and 1996
  • Special Recommendation – Environmental Film Festival, France
  • Featured on LANDLINE, ABC TV 1997
  • Broadcast internationally on television (cable and free to air) in USA, Europe, Canada
  • WOMEN HEAL WOMEN
1996 GOLD
  • MOBIE for Best Training Film, International Television Association of Australia.
  • ATOM, Australian Teachers of Media – Best Training Film
    AUSSIE RULES
1993 MARIA
  • Finalist Atom Awards for Best Documentary
1992 Australian Human Rights Commission Award – Best Documentary
  • NSW Ethnic Affairs Commission Award Sydney Film Festival
  • Dendy Award for Best Documentary Sydney Film Festival
  • AWGIE Australian Writer’s Guild – Best Public Broadcast Documentary
1991 AUSTRALIAN FILM COMMISSION AND ABCTV DOCUMENTARY FELLOWSHIP
  • Awards and Film Festival Screenings prior to 1990
1989 Right Angles (Writer)
  • Girls and mathematics
  • Finalist ATOM AWARDS
1987 THE WITCH HUNT
  • Feature Length Documentary Film
  • Sydney Film Festival
  • AFI Award for Best Screenplay
  • Golden Gate Award, San Francisco Film Festival
  • Special Pater Award, Brisbane
1981 Violation (Co-Producer, Co-Writer)
  • Training Film commissioned by
    NSW Film Corporation to assist officers in dealing with victims of rape,
  • Finalist: Sydney Film Festival
1982 Talking Hands
  • 18 x Twenty-Minute Interactive Instructional Videos
  • Australian Deaf Sign Language
1981 EORA – Unique Aboriginal School in Sydney
  • Television Film
  • 1982 Cinema du Reel, Paris, International
  • Ethnographic Film Festival
1979 Pins & Needles
  • 42 Mins. GENNI BATTERHAM’S struggle with Multiple Sclerosis.
  • Shown on Channel 9, Sixty Minutes
  • Winner: New York Rehabilitation Film Festival
  • 2nd Prize Montreal Film Festival
  • Silver Boomerang Award, Melbourne Film Festival
  • Finalist, Greater Union Awards, Sydney Film Festival
  • Finalist, 1980 American Film Festival
  • 1981 Chicago Film Festival
  • 1981, Berlin Film Festival
1979 Child Development Film Series
  • Gentle Birth, Baby in Arms, First Year, Bill a Lone Parent -Writer-Producer/Director, 2nd Camera
  • Sponsored by Tresillian, Society for Welfare of Mothers and Children
    Four Short Films -Finalist: Sammy Awards
  • Nominated: Melbourne Film Festival 1977,1978,1979,
  • Nominated: Tokyo Scientific Film Festival 1978
  • International Scientific Film Festival, Paris 1979
  • Cilect IV RIFE Budapest 1977
1979 Nobody Else Can Feel it For You
  • Melbourne Film Festival
1979 Seen But Not Heard
  • Training Film
  • International Year of the Child
  • Sydney Film Festival
1977 Birth at Home
  • Finalist: Greater Union Award
  • Finalist: Melbourne Film Festival
  • Screened: Cannes Film Festival
  • London Film Festival
  • American Film Festival

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