Hong Kong-based award-winning presenter and filmmaker, born in Tasmania, Australia. Craig is the director and writer of the acclaimed global feature documentary "A Plastic Ocean", which he appears in as one of the films explorers. Craig has worked in print, radio and television media for more than 30 years and currently helms Leeson Media International and Ocean Vista Films (www.oceanvistafilms.com) - a production company he started in 2003. He is also the co-creator of the I Shot Hong Kong Film Festival (see www.ishothongkong.com), an annual independent film event organised by OVF.
Craig has conceptualized, produced and directed countless documentary series for global broadcasters such as National Geographic Channel Asia, including its 10th anniversary project "Nat Geo's Top 30". He wrote, produced and directed the Channel's first in-house Asia production series, "GeoWatch Asia" and produced its biggest documentary series for 2004, “ Marco Polo: The China Mystery Revealed ” (shot on film). Among other work featured on National Geographic Channel is the Action Asia Challenge, an extreme sports documentary series held in countries throughout Asia; "Tiger Weekend", a two-day documentary fund-raising series for the Tiger Foundation; and “Behind The Pain”, a series on extreme sports athletes.
Craig's work has also featured on CNN (international), CNBC, ABC (Australia), Channel Seven (Australia), CBC (Canada), Reuters (international), APTN (international), and BskyB (Europe). His films have won many awards, including the 2005 Asian TV Award for his documentary, "Rebel Impasse", on the Maoist rebels of Nepal; an Australian Society of Cinematographers gold medal for the same documentary; two 2004 Asian TV awards for Marco Polo (best cinematography and best score), a New York Festivals medal for Best International Affairs Documentary on the violence that swept Jakarta following the downfall of President Suharto, and a Foreign Correspondents' Club/Amnesty International award for a Hong Kong documentary called “Police Brutality”.
He has also won awards in Australia for his television features made for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and has held the positions of News Anchor for both the ABC (Australia) and ATV (Hong Kong). As well as Hong Kong, Craig has been based in London, Jakarta and Miami.
His passions include aviation, surfing, classic cars, art and particularly music through his band Uranus.
|English Name||Craig Leeson|
|Member Since||June 16, 2008|