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Michael Rubbo


Michael Dattilo Rubbo (born 31 December 1938) is an Australian filmmaker who has written and directed over 50 films in documentary and fiction. Rubbo studied anthropology at Sydney University, and then travelled on a Fulbright scholarship to study film at Stanford University, California where he got his MA in Communication Arts.
For 20 years he worked as a documentary film director at National Film Board of Canada, taking time off in between films to teach both in Australia at the just opened National Film School, and U.S. universities (including Harvard University). At the NFB, Rubbo directed over 40 documentaries, winning many international prizes. His best known documentaries are Sad Song Of Yellow Skin, (1972) (filmed in Vietnam during the war), Waiting for Fidel (1973), Wet Earth and Warm people (a personal journey though Indonesia), Daisy: Story of a facelift (1982), Margaret Atwood: Once in August (1984), and Much Ado About Something (2001)
His films have been widely shown on TV, and are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) New York and film schools around the world.
He has been visiting lecturer at New York University (NYU), UCLA, Stanford. Univ. of Florida with longer teaching periods at Harvard University and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS).