Max Mannix

Writer/Director

Film

Location Gold Coast Australia

Max Mannix is a screenwriter and director who recently returned to Australia after spending 14 years in Japan. He is highly acclaimed, and has won a range of prestigious awards.

While living in Tokyo, Max wrote his first screenplay, an adaptation of SUN TZU’S, THE ART OF WAR, the classic military treatise written in 500BC. The script was sold by his US agent at Creative Artists Agency.

He then co-wrote, fight choreographed, and co-directed, DANCE OF THE DRAGON, starring Jason Scott Lee (BRUCE LEE). Shot in Singapore, the film won Best Film and Best Director awards at the West Hollywood International Film Festival, 2008.

Following this, Max wrote the original screenplay for 2008 Cannes Film Festival, Un Certain Regard Jury Prize Winner, TOKYO SONATA, directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, the film also screened in Official Selection at Toronto and New York. It was the winner of Best Asian Film at Osian's Cinefan, the Grand Jury Prize in Chicago, the Jury Prize at the Asiatica Film Festival in Rome, as well as winning Best Japanese Film at the Osaka Film Festival, and both Best Film & Best Screenplay at the 2009 Asian Film Awards.

Max then went on to write, direct, and fight choreograph, the Sony Pictures action film, RAIN FALL, starring Gary Oldman. The film was released on 300 cinemas in Japan in 2009.

More recently, Max wrote ABC's docudrama, THE EUREKA 13, as well as the Japanese screenplay, MY BLUEBIRD, and is presently writing TOKYO TRIALS, a co-production between Japan's NHK and Eyeworks of the Netherlands.

Max's writing projects in development include, CLICKERS, with Gary Oldman to Executive Produce, YELLOW EARTH, an Australian/Japanese project with Guy Pearce attached to star, JOHN JOSEPH with Roger Donaldson signed to direct, and an untitled WWI project.

Recently inducted into the Asia Pacific Screen Academy, Max lives in Australia.

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