Brendan Black

I’m a Melbourne-based filmmakerwriter, playwrightcopywriter and composer.

My first play, Trotsky and Friends, premiered at the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and was performed again at the 2017 Comedy Festival. My second play, The Business of God, premiered in April at the 2021 Melbourne International Comedy Festival at La Mama Theatre.

I have written, produced and directed 8 short films and have two feature films in development.

In 2012 I was one of the co-founders of the Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia and its producer for the first 3 seasons.

I write for various lifestyle magazines on topics such as wine, art and travel, and have been featured in Gourmet Traveller Wine, Grapegrower and Winemaker, Fairfax newspapers and RoyalAuto.  I also work as a proofreader/editor, as well as a videographer and copywriter.

If you’re looking to collaborate on a project, for a quote for proofreading/editing/copywriting work, or for anything else, please contact me.


18/10/21 – Gourmet Traveller Wine – Pacha Mama Wines

The Oct/Nov 2021 edition of Gourmet Traveller Wine is out now, featuring my piece on the wonderful Callie Jemmeson and Nina Stocker, winemakers at Pacha Mama and Cloak and Dagger Wines. You can read the piece on the GTW website here.

Winepilot – The Low Down on Carbonic Maceration

My first piece for the website is now online. I looked at the winemaking process known as ‘carbonic maceration’ and tasted a range of wines from Australia made using the process.You can read the article here.

Gourmet Traveller Wine – East Gippsland, & Cellar Door Awards, 2021

The April-May edition of Gourmet Traveller Wine includes a feature detailing my recent trip around East Gippsland, sampling superb wine and beer, as well as my picks for the 2021 Cellar Door Awards for Bendigo and Gippsland.

The Business of God by Brendan Black & Martin Chellew

The Business of God is a play about life, religion, and being the best possible version of yourself – even after death. Following its cancellation in 2020 due to the coronavirus, I am very happy to report that we had an amazing season at La Mama Courthouse Theatre in Carlton as part of the 2021 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, with most of our performances being sold out. You can read more about The Business of God on the theatre page

Gourmet Traveller Wine – Small Vic wineries

The Feb/Mar 2021 edition of Gourmet Traveller Wine is out now, which includes my piece on 14 small Victorian wineries whose wines I sampled during 2020. You can read the article here.

Gourmet Traveller Wine – Box Grove Vineyard

The Dec/Jan 2021 issue of Gourmet Traveller Wine is out now and it includes my feature on winemaker Sarah Gough of Box Grove Vineyard in Tabilk, Victoria. You can read the article here.

Senses of Cinema – Great Directors – Jiří Menzel

The new issue of Senses of Cinema magazine includes my Great Directors piece on Czech director Jiří Menzel, who came to prominence during the Czechoslovak New Wave and was best known for the films ‘Closely Observed Trains’ and ‘Larks on a String’. Click the image below to head to the article.