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Samuel Rodwell is an award-winning multidisciplinary filmmaker.

Best known for directing and producing the internationally acclaimed documentary short Inferno capturing frontline firefighters battling the 2018 Mount Canobolas and 2019/20 Black Summer mega-fires.

In 2023, Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) acquired the Australian broadcast and streaming rights to Inferno which aired on February 10.

In 2022, Inferno was awarded Best Documentary (Academy Award® accreditation), Best Achievement in Sound Post Production and nominated for Best Achievement in Cinematography at the Oscar® qualifying St Kilda Film Festival


Inferno continually proved to be an international success for Rodwell with in-competition screenings at the Oscar® qualifying Cinequest Film Festival for Best Short Documentary (Academy Award® accreditation) and Antenna Documentary Film Festival for Best Australian Short Documentary.

Rodwell received further acclaim for Inferno with an
Australian Cinematographers Society nomination in the 2022 NSW & ACT Awards for Cinematography recognising his frontline camera work.

​In 2019, Rodwell was selected for Screenworks Directing Intensive supported by Australian Directors’ Guild, where he was mentored by acclaimed directors Kriv Stenders and Rachel Landers. In addition, Rodwell was the screenwriter recipient for Screenworks Inside of the Writers Room program supported by Fremantle Australia and Screen NSW.​

In the years leading up to his filmmaking ventures, Rodwell had produced multimedia projects and programs for Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Nine Entertainment, NSW Police Force, NSW Rural Fire Service and various regional local governments. 

An alumnus of Charles Sturt University, Rodwell graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication (Media Practice) from the distinguished school of Communication and Creative Industries.

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