Cancer Jun 23, 1939 New Zealand Actor and Producer
David Hannay was an Australian film producer. He worked with Greater Union and was an independent producer from 1977.
He was born in New Zealand. His first job in the industry was as an extras casting assistant on Summer of the Seventeenth Doll. Hannay produced his first feature film The Set in 1968 and then moved to television and became head of production for Gemini Productions from 1970–73 and 1975–76. In 1974 he was general manager for The Movie Company, a production subsidiary of Greater Union. From 1977 he was an independent producer and was involved in almost 50 film projects including cult classics Stone and The Man From Hong Kong, Human Rights Australia Film Award winner Mapantsula, Naomi Watts' first feature film Gross Misconduct and family film Hildegarde which starred Richard E. Grant and Tom Long.
Hannay was passionate about encouraging new talent as an educator and mentor and across his career worked with many writers, producers and directors on their first feature films. In November 2012 Hannay established the Bathurst Film Factory co-operative to foster the filmmaker talent in the area.
He was diagnosed with cancer in March 2012, and died in March 2014.