Brendan Maher is a highly accomplished director whose strong creative vision and commitment to story has resulted in three Australian Film Institute (AFI) awards for Best Director. His career in the UK is equally stellar having directed the Starz Network’s critically-acclaimed ratings hit Outlander, as well as Sky1 action series Strike Back and BBC World War One drama The Passing Bells. Brendan’s other international credits include: Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Spartacus: Vengeance, Upstairs Downstairs, Identity, Spooks, Spooks: Code 9, Silent Witness, Kidnapped, Farscape, Lost World, and the telemovie adaptation of Wide Sargasso Sea.
His Australian credits include the television adaptation of Tomorrow, When the War Began, Sisters of War and Dirt Game, all for the ABC, the latter earning him an Australian Directors Guild Award for Best Direction in a TV Mini-Series; as well as The Cooks, White Collar Blue and The Secret Life of Us (Network Ten). Brendan also directed two award-winning mini-series, The Road from Coorain and After the Deluge, both of which earned him the AFI Best Direction Award. Brendan’s telemovie credits include the highly acclaimed Society Murders for Screentime and Halifax FP: Swimming With Sharks.
Brendan also directed the feature film, Return to Nim’s Island, which was released in 2013 and starred Bindi Irwin.