David King won his first Australian national writing award in 1971 at the age of 16.
Following a three-year university course in vocational writing (during which he was heavily exposed to avant-garde and European cinema), he embarked on a varied career as an independent filmmaker, a freelance cameraman, and radio advertising copywriter. In the early 1980’s, he became a radio and television scriptwriter with the ABC and penned four episodes of the Awgie-award-winning young people’s TV series, Home. He also co-wrote and co-edited the independent rock ‘n’ roll sex comedy feature film Coming Of Age.
After several feature film deals had fallen through, he turned to journalism and became a senior writer with the Herald Sun’s award-winning leisure and lifestyle magazine, Time Away. In the 1990’s he wrote for a wide variety of newspapers and magazines in Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria before returning to independent filmmaking in 1997.
His short films, Enigma and The Job screened at film festivals in England, Italy, and Australia. The Job also screened on community and cable TV in Australia and New Zealand and was picked up for international distribution by Kanopy Streaming. He continued writing casually for magazines and by 2007, was an international journalist published in England, New Zealand, and the USA.
In 2010, he completed his first ultra-low budget sci-fi feature film, the critically-acclaimed Purge, which was picked for international distribution by Troma Entertainment, New York. The three-minute experimental video spin-off, Dystopic Overload, was selected by the Cologne International Videoart Festival and screened in Italy, India, Morocco, Mexico and the USA.
David also published the critically-lauded sci-fi novella, Outcast by Marc Saville, available at Amazon Kindle store. Outcast is a novelization of Purge. Born with a sensory-neural hearing impairment, David has lost most of his hearing over the years. He now divides his time between publishing, writing, and experimental/underground filmmaking.
Some of his experimental works - What If You Woke One Day...? Infatuation and Dystopic Overload - can be seen on Vimeo and YouTube. Rendezvous is a short story that showcases his visual style and sense of the bizarre and surreal. It was based on an idea for an experimental film that proved too expensive and logistically complex to make. David lives with his partner and daughter in a seaside town on the edge of Victoria’s Port Phillip Bay.
This member has not published any books.