Kriv Stenders is one of Australia’s most renown and respected film and television directors with numerous critically acclaimed and award-winning shorts, documentaries, music videos, television series and feature films to his credit.
His feature films include THE ILLUSTRATED FAMILY DOCTOR (Official Selection Tribeca Film Festival), BLACKTOWN (Audience Award Winner Sydney Film Festival), BOXING DAY (Adelaide Film Festival Premiere and Jury Special Mention/ Best Actor Award at the Busan and Montreal Nouveu Cinema International Film festivals). Kriv’s fourth feature, LUCKY COUNTRY received two AFI nominations as well as being in Official Selection for the Adelaide, Cork, Montreal, Palm Springs and St Tropez Film Festivals.
His fifth feature, RED DOG, released by Roadshow in August 2011 has now earned over $22 million at the box office, making it the eighth highest grossing Australian film of all time. As of 2012, it became the highest selling Australian DVD of all time. RED DOG won both Best Director and Best Film at the 2011 IF Awards and the Best Film Award at the inaugural 2012 ACCTA Awards. In 2013 Kriv directed KILL ME THREE TIMES starring Simon Pegg, Alice Braga, Teresa Palmer, Sullivan Stapleton and Bryan Brown. It was released theatrically by Magnolia Pictures in the U.S. in April and eOne in Australia. Kriv followed up the success of RED DOG with RED DOG: TRUE BLUE, which was released by Roadshow in 2016.
For TV, Kriv’s credits include AUSTRALIA DAY for Foxtel, which also received a theatrical release and screened at the Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane Film Festivals; the first and second series of DOCTOR DOCTOR for Channel 9; A PLACE TO CALL HOME for Channel 7; THE PRINCIPAL, a four-part Television drama for SBS TV, starring Alex Dimitriades and Aden Young; the feature-length documentary, WHY ANZAC with Sam Neill for ABC TV; and HUNTERS for NBC Universal/SyFy Channel/Matchbox Pictures.
Kriv’s next releases are the TV series WAKE IN FRIGHT, the reimagining of the seminal film for Channel 10; UNCHARTED, the feature documentary with Sam Neill for ABC TV that follows the journey of Captain Cook and RIGHT HERE: THE GO BETWEENS, the feature documentary about the extraordinary band and their journey.
Kriv also continues to work as a director on numerous award-winning television and online advertising campaigns both in Australia and overseas.