Tony Maniaty

Shooting Balibo


Tony Maniaty is an award-winning author, journalist, reviewer, academic and screenwriter. He has lived and worked in Australia, Britain, France, Greece, Russia, Brazil and the United States. He is currently Adjunct Professor in Creative Practices at the University of Technology Sydney, and moves between in Sydney, Moscow, London and New York. He is married to the Russian literary translator Galina Lazareva.

He has published two novels, The Children Must Dance (Penguin) and Smyrna (Penguin), which was short-listed for Australia's leading literary prize, the Miles Franklin Award. He has also written a memoir of his Greek-Australian boyhood, All Over The Shop (Penguin); edited The Power of Speech: 25 Years of the National Press Club (Bantam); and is the author of Shooting Balibo (Penguin/Viking), his acclaimed account of reporting the conflict in East Timor (Timor-Leste), described as 'a real coup' (Helen Garner), 'a brave and complex achievement' (David Malouf), and 'the best book yet on East Timor' (John Birmingham). He is currently writing his third novel, The Fish Will Swim in Thy Dark Streets, set in Brazil at the height of the Cold War. Tony has been awarded Senior Fellowships from the Australia Council for the Arts, and is the winner of the Martin Bequest for Literature, the New South Wales Premier's Writers Award and the National Short Story of the Year Award.

Tony began his journalism career with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He also worked as a broadcaster for Australia's SBS TV network, Reuters Television and the BBC World Service in London, and Monitor Television in Boston. He was Diplomatic Correspondent for Radio Australia, covered the conflict in East Timor, and was the Paris-based European Correspondent for SBS's Dateline. His reporting of post-Soviet Eastern Europe included the documentary, Lithuania: Surviving the Revolution, nominated in Australia's Walkley Awards for Best International Report. He has been Executive Producer of Australia's leading nightly current affairs show, ABC's The 7.30 Report, and was Senior Advisor, Policy and Program Development, for ABC News and Current Affairs during the transition to online news. He formed the communications and media training consultancy ManiatyMedia, and was Communications Manager at the Australia Council for the Arts. He is a regular book reviewer for The Australian newspaper and the Qantas in-flight program Up & Away, and has written for a wide range of international newspapers and magazines.

Tony attended the Australian Film, Radio and Television School and wrote Mr Ikegami's Flight (director: Robert Connolly, screened at Cannes) and television drama for the ABC and SBS. In association with film director/producer Robert Connolly (ArenaMedia) and games developer Morgan Jaffit (Defiant Development), Tony created Warco, an interactive video game based on the work of television war correspondents. A prototype was completed with funding from Screen Australia, and development is continuing.

Tony holds a PhD (Media) for his research into war correspondents' memoirs, and a Master of Arts (Media) degree for his research into television coverage of warfare from Vietnam to Iraq. His doctoral thesis was awarded the Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor's Commendation for Excellence. He has conducted Risk Reporting courses at the Danish School of Journalism in Arhus and, as an Erasmus Mundus scholar, taught the School's Foreign Policy Reporting course. He was Associate Professor of International Journalism and Creative Practice/Writing at the University of Technology Sydney, and is a former Director of the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism. Tony is a member of the International News Safety Institute, PEN International, and the Australian Society of Authors.

Maniaty tells an important story, that journalism is first of all about living to tell the story...
Chris Masters

Shooting Balibo by Tony Maniaty