Biography of Dennis O’Rourke
Dennis O’Rourke came from Brisbane, Australia. He was born there in 1945. Most of his young years he spent in small country towns, a little later he moved was sent to a Catholic boarding school to get his secondary education. In the middle 1960, after the 2 unsuccessful years of studying, Dennis started traveling in from the remote Australia to the Pacific Islands and then to South Asia. Dennis O’Rourke tried many professions as a salesman, laborer, a cowboy and a roughneck on oil rigs and even as a sailor. All of this time he was learning photography and became a photojournalist in 1970. Soon after this he moved to Sydney. O’Rourke was employed as a gardener assistant by The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, few years later he became a cinematographer for this corporation.
In the period from 1975 to 1979, Dennis O’Rourke lived in Papua New Guinea, which was about to be decolorized. There he worked for the newly created government, he was a professor of filmmaking technology. His first film, Yumi Yet – Independence for Papua New Guinea, was completed in 1976. This film has become very famous and received many awards.