Award winning producer and director Danny Ben-Moshe is one of Australia’s leading documentarians who established Identity Films and Productions in 2006 driven by a passion to tell stories that matter in entertaining, compelling and creative ways.
Danny’s acclaimed films have screened on leading networks around the world, including the BBC, ABC and PBS, played at multiple film festivals, and gained rave reviews in the press from The Times of London to The Hollywood Reporter.
Danny is interested in stories of significance which trigger debate, such as his documentary for the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, ‘China’s Artful Dissident', which was reported on by global media ranging from Time Magazine to CNN.
Danny won Australia’s top documentary prize, the Walkley Award for his 2014 film Code of Silence which lifted the lid on child sex abuse in the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. The judges cited how “The work is exceptional because of the access negotiated with key players as the drama unfolded”. Forming trustful relationships and having access are fundamental for all of Danny’s films.
As an observational filmmaker Danny enjoys taking viewers into a world they otherwise would not see, such as the epic family saga My Mother’s Lost Children (2017) which the ‘New Statesman’ reviewed as a “funny, sprawling and powerfully touching film”.
Danny tells stories about subjects he is passionate about, and Jewish themes feature high on his list. His stories are often fun and quirky, including ‘Shalom Bollywood: the untold story of Indian cinema’ which had its world premiere at the 2017 Mumbai International Film Festival, and ‘Outback Rabbis’ for SBS in Australia, which is now bringing laughs and changing lives screened on the festival circuit and TV networks around the world.
Danny spent over a decade as a university professor researching diasporas, racism and anti- Semitism, Israel and Jewish Identity. He completed a law and politics degree at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and has a PhD from the University of Melbourne.
When not making documentaries, Danny can be found watching Arsenal or struggling to comprehend Trump’s tweets, both of which can be a painful experience.