Rohan Spong is an Australian born independent filmmaker. Although best known for his feature length documentary films, his work spans film, video, photography and animation. He has made numerous acclaimed music videos, contributed projections to theatre and exhibited photographs internationally.
Rohan studied film theory and practice at the University of Melbourne. Whilst living in Los Angeles in 2008, Rohan began to assemble his first feature length documentary T IS FOR TEACHER (2009), about the experiences of four transgender schoolteachers in American schools. The film went on to screen at a number of international festivals alongside Oscar contenders and was named by two Australian reviewers as amongst the best films of 2009.
Rohan’s next major work, ALL THE WAY THROUGH EVENING (2012) is a musical documentary which considers the early era of HIV/AIDS in New York City via the music composed by men lost to the pandemic. It was in high demand for international festival screening and won Audience Choice and Jury Prizes at the NYC Downtown and Birmingham SHOUT! Film Festivals respectively. It was also closing night of Dublin’s 20th GAZE Film Festival
The film was then screened in a series of worldwide World AIDS Day (Dec 1) screenings and opened theatrically in Australia in late 2012. It received a great deal of critical acclaim (including four star reviews in The Age, SBS, FilmInk and ArtsHub), which culminated in a 13 week season screening at Melbourne’s Cinema Nova and a special engagement screening at MONA in Tasmania. The film was also nominated by the Australian Film Critics Association for the Best Documentary of 2012, ultimately losing to Academy Award winner SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN. Since July 2013, it has screened on Australian cable network STUDIO and has been used in Australian high school syllabus.
In December 2013, ALL THE WAY THROUGH EVENING began its US theatrical season in Manhattan at the Village East Cinema and was subsequently invited to screen at the United States Library of Congress in Washington DC.
In late 2015, Rohan completed WINTER AT WESTBETH, a feature length documentary film about the elderly occupants of a New York City artist housing community. The film is a production of Unicorn Films, in association with Screen Australia, Film Victoria and DDP Studios (Deluxe Heartbeat Fund). The film had its world premiere at the Sydney Film Festival and will also screen as part of the 65th Melbourne International Film Festival in 2016. It screened theatrically in Australia and New Zealand and as been broadcast in Australia (ABC) and the United States (America ReFramed, PBS).
In addition to his film work to date, Rohan has also created projections for theatre, notably for Sixxters Grimm’s irreverent Green Room award winning productions LITTLE MERCY (Melbourne Fringe 2010) and THE SOVEREIGN WIFE (MTC 2013).
His photographs have appeared in numerous publications including The Age, Herald Sun, TimeOut and Frankie magazine.