John Swindells

2021 Judge


Lead Teacher
Melbourne Polytechnic



Short bio

John’s filmmaking journey started in southern India documenting the life of an 85-year-old English Benedictine monk who went to India in search of he other half of his soul. He documented the Sioux Indians in South Dakota and their indigenous agricultural schemes, has gotten into the head of an extraordinary young man in Melbourne who is living with schizophrenia, followed a New Age cult as they conducted a trial of their therapy on 2000 traumatised African children, and, in partnership with Peter Singer, documented the highly effective life of the activist who stopped animal testing in America.