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David Cook


David Cook, a First Nations writer, director, producer, and actor from Meanjin/Brisbane, is more than just an emerging creative force in the industry—he's a storyteller with a heart deeply connected to his roots.

Passionate about empowering First Nations voices and stories, Cook's journey in the last 5 years has been nothing short of remarkable. From wearing multiple hats in projects like Darby and Joan, ABC’s Troppo, Joe VS Carol, Harrow, Strangeville, and Nexus, he has emerged as a versatile force. However, it's his debut feature film, 'Heart of the Man,' where he truly shines. Having not just written, but also produced and directed it, the film recently completed post-production at The Post Lounge and is currently embarking on the start of its ANZ distribution path.

As the founder of New Dream Productions, Cook is on a mission to expand his creative horizons and enrich the broader screen industry. His latest venture, the short documentary 'Skate or Cry,' directed by him and produced with the support of Screen Queensland, is making waves in the festival circuit, earning well-deserved accolades.

​But for Cook, storytelling is not confined to a single medium. With a feature documentary, TV series, and another feature film in early development, he embraces the diversity of challenges that storytelling presents. Navigating the dynamic entertainment landscape, he remains committed to crafting narratives that not only captivate but also resonate with audiences, leaving an indelible mark on the world of storytelling.

Beyond the glitz and glamour of the industry, Cook's passion lies in empowering First Nations & Diverse voices and stories. His work is a testament to the rich cultural tapestry he weaves into every project, ensuring that the narratives reflect the warmth, resilience, and authenticity of his heritage and the shared stories he encounters within his community. As he continues to tread this path, David Cook stands as a beacon, shining a light on the importance of community, culture, and the profound impact of storytelling on our shared human experience.

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