WRITER / DIRECTOR
Tel Benjamin is an AACTA award winning Actor, Screenwriter and Director based in Sydney, Australia.
TV credits include Les Norton (ABC), Growing up Gracefully (ABC) and Dead Scientists (Beyond Productions). Feature and short film credits include The Great Gatsby (Bazmark) The Greenhouse (Everyone We Know Films), Miss! (Flying Man Films), Dad to the Bone (Tropfest 2019), The Passenger (St Kilda Film Festival 2015), Noah (Official Selection LA Comedy Festival 2015), The Milky Pop Kid (Sydney Film Festival 2017), Granny (Fantasia Film Festival 2018), Baby (Cinefest Oz 2020) and Rat Rap (Best Dark Comedy Winner Independent Short Awards 2018).
Theatre credits include Beyond Therapy (Epicentre Theatre), School for Scandal (New Theatre), Fracture (New Ghosts Productions), Taming of the Shrew (Montague Basement), GR8 Skin (Darlinghurst Theatre Company), Osama the Hero (Tooth and Sinew), The Telescope (Red Line Productions), Air (Old 505 Theatre), Extinction of the Learned Response (Belvoir), Marriage of Figaro and Whitely (Opera Australia).
In 2014 Tel started his production company Chekhov’s Gun Pictures with his debut short film Noah premiering at the LA Comedy Festival 2015. Tel ‘s follow up films are: Ladylike, (AACTA #socialshorts Winner, Audience Award Winner at Sydney Underground Film Festival 2017, Audience & Best Performance Award Winner at Freshflix Film Festival 2018, Best International Film Award at Canadian International Comedy Film Festival, Australia’s Funniest Shorts 2017, Flickerfest International Short Film Festival 2018) and Setaceous (Fantastic Fest 2017, A Night of Horror Film Festival 2017, Horror Show Hotdog Film Festival 2017, Portland International Film Festival 2018, Chattanooga Film Festival 2018, Way Down Film Festival 2018) Setaceous was distributed through prestigious horror streaming platform ALTER this year.
Tel has a slate of television and feature projects currently in development and in 2018 completed an ABC & Create NSW funded pilot for his Virtual Reality Mini-Series, The Obscure.
He has also written and directed commercial content through Chekhov’s Gun for high profile clients such as Netflix and Urban Walkabout.
Tel holds and Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts (Actors Centre Australia 2014)