Michael Rubbo

Michael Rubbo

Michael Rubbo was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1938. He studied anthropology at Sydney University, which led to an interest in film. In 1962 he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship which led to him doing a Masters degree in Communications at Stanford University, California. His thesis film landed him a job at the National film board of Canada in Montreal in 1965.

He made over 30 international prize-winning, winning the coveted British Flaherty award, an Ertrog, and first prize at the American Film Festival (New York) four times. His film, Waiting for Fidel, is in New York’s Museum of Modern Art collection and is studied in film schools around the world. Rubbo is listed in the documentary textbooks as one of the seminal filmmakers of his era and has been honored with retrospectives of his work in New York, San Francisco and at the Sydney Film Festival.

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Michael Rubbo
  • Sad Song of Yellow Skin

    Directed by Michael Rubbo • Documentary • 1971 • 58 minutes

    A film about the people of Saigon as seen through the experiences of three young American journalists who, in 1970, explored in their own way the consequences of war and of the American presence. It is not a film about the Vietnam war, ...

  • Waiting for Fidel

    Directed by Michael Rubbo • Documentary • 1974 • 57 minutes

    Inside Fidel Castro's Cuba with a movie-making threesome whose hope is that Fidel himself will star in their film. The filmmakers are Joseph Smallwood, former Newfoundland premier, Geoff Stirling, radio and televison owner, and Michael ...