Kalu Oji is an Igbo-Australian filmmaker, writer, and visual artist. Firmly established as one of Australia’s new generation of emerging filmmakers, his work primarily explores notions of identity, in particular the African-Australian experience.
Graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2018 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Film and TV), his graduate film, Blackwood, received international acclaim, picking up the Filmmaker To Watch Award (Atlanta Film Festival), Luggi Waldleitner Award for Best Screenplay (Filmschoolfest Munich), and Best Cinematography (Flickerfest), going on to screen at a handful of other Oscar and BAFTA Qualifying festivals. Blackwood is now available for streaming on Kweli TV, Argo, and NoBudge.
Kalu’s most recent film, The Moon and Me, received post production funding from The City of Melbourne, and recently had its world premiere at the Oscar Qualifying Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles.
His poem Words Wrapped in Silence was featured in the 2020 edition of the Next In Colour zine; his experimental projection works Love Yourself and Practicing My Serve were featured as part of AfroUrban’s 2019 outdoor art exhibit in Melbourne and Sydney, and in 2019 he had his video essay Ideas On Race in Film featured as part of the Emerging Writers Festival in Melbourne.
Kalu is currently in development with his debut feature film.
currently located, Melbourne/Naarm