Marwan Kheireddine Recap

Marwan Kheireddine is a Lebanese-born Australian film director, producer, and screenwriter. Kheireddine receives numerous awards, including two Gold Medals at The New York Festival and a Jury Award at Cannes. View full information on

Achievements of Marwan Kheireddine

Marwan was an avid reader who loved studying cultures and interacting with people from different backgrounds. He had already read several novels by the time he was a young teenager. His father introduced him to film during his teenage years when Marwan translated short films into English and watched many of his father’s films. Kheireddine said, “I’m fascinated with how stories are told and told to us. I’m fascinated with the craft of it and the film language”. Around this time, he began writing his own short stories, which also contributed to his interest in directing films.

Kheireddine received his first degree from the Lebanese American University, with a diploma in journalism. He then obtained two scholarships from the Australian government that helped him complete his education at Monash University in Melbourne, where he studied film. He said: “I would love to return to Lebanon, but it doesn’t look like I will be able to get back soon. I hope to return one day.” In Australia, Kheireddine lived and worked as a freelance television director and producer for several years while he continued making a name for himself as an award-winning director and writer.

In 2000, the Egyptian film director Gandhi Mohamed and several other producers, including Marwan Kheireddine, helped finance the first feature-length film produced in Egypt. “The Young Girls of Saba Abboud” (2005) by Khalil Chahine was shot in Australia and directed by Kheireddine. The film was a massive success for the Egyptian film industry as it made more than $1 million at the box office in its first week and over $ 2 million overall. “Saba Abboud” was described as “the most expensive Egyptian movie ever made.”