Phillip Adams

Phillip Adams


Phillip Adams was born in Maryborough, Victoria. He has had a broad career in journalism, television, the Australian film industry and as a raconteur; he maintains a high profile in the area of Australian arts.

He has worked as a columnist for the Melbourne Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Bulletin, the Adelaide Advertiser, the Brisbane Courier-Mail, London Financial Times and the New York Times. Currently he is the host of the ABC's Late Night Live.

As advisor on Australian media and performing arts he has occupied the position of chairman on numerous arts boards; from 1972 to 1975 he was chairman of the Film, Radio and Television Board; from 1972 to 1975 a foundation member of the Australia Council; from 1982 to 1986 was president of the Victorian Council of the Arts, and 1983 to 1990 chairman of the Australian Film Commission; from 1985 to 1990 chairman of the Commission for the Future, and from 1981 to 1987 was a member of the Australian Children's Television Foundation.

Adams was concerned in the founding of the Experimental Film Fund and Australian Film Development, and the Film School. He has produced the Australian films, The Adventures of Barry McKenzie, Don's Party, The Getting of Wisdom and We of the Never Never.

He is the recipient of several Film Festival Awards, and two international gold medals.

In 1981 he was made Senior Anzac Fellow, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts; and received the 1981 Raymond Longford Awards; the 1987 Australian Arts Award (conferred at the Henry Lawson festival), and in 1987 he was awarded the AM.

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ABC Late Night Live

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ABC Late Night Live

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Media Man Australia interviews Phillip Adams


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