Graduating from Queensland University, Dennis later completed the Swinburne Film and TV School animation course in 1977. After working as writer/director/producer of his own films as well as TV commercials and other commercial and sponsored work, he was appointed Lecturer in Animation at the VCA School of Television (1992-4). Since then he has continued making independent films as writer, director, producer, and (often) designer/animator. These have been both fictional and documentary, animated and live-action, comedy and drama – and sometimes inventive combinations of various categories.
Dennis’ work has been shown at film festivals around the world, and he has won numerous awards. His 2007 film Chainsaw has won many Grands Prix in animation festivals such as Ottawa, Animadrid, Anifest etc as well as in competition with live-action films at Oberhausen, Huesca, Mecal (Barcelona) etc. His films are often shown in retrospectives, and are discussed in Judith Kriger’s book “Animated Realism” (2012). His Mother’s Voice (1998) has been included in many programmes of documentary animation (eg: IDFA 2007, Zagreb 2008, Leipzig 2008) and is discussed at length in several recent books: “Introduction to Documentary” (Nichols), “The Animation Bible” (Furniss), and “Australian Documentary” (Fitzsimons, Laughren, Williamson). Dennis was also featured in Chris Robinson’s book as one of the “Unsung Heroes of Animation”. He has spoken at international conferences, and taught, presented his work and run workshops at many universities and film schools around the world.
Since 2000, Dennis and Fiona Cochrane have worked together on various projects as Jungle Pictures Pty Ltd.
*THE FIRST INTERVIEW (writer/director/co-producer)
15 minute documentary 2011
*SILLY & SERIOUS – William Robinson and Self Portraits (writer/director/co-producer)
25 minute documentary 2009
24 minute animation 2007
*TARINGA 4068 – OUR PLACE AND TIME (writer/director/co-producer)
30 minute documentary 2002
* INTO THE DARK (writer/director/animator/co-producer)
6 minute animation 2001
* THE HEAT, THE HUMIDITY (writer/director/producer/animator)
4 minute animation 1999
* HIS MOTHER’S VOICE (writer/director/producer/animator)
15 minute animation 1997
* THE DARRA DOGS (writer/director/producer/animator)
10 minute animation 1993
* DANCE OF DEATH (writer/director/producer/animator)
8 minute animation 1983