Khoa Do

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Film director, screenwriter, and teacher Khoa Do is one of the funniest and most moving speakers in Australia. His presentation topics range from tapping into inherent creativity, following your passions, and harnessing natural talent to reach success.

Khoa arrived in Australia as a refugee from Vietnam and, since then, has specialised in working with marginalised communities, including at-risk and homeless youths, former convicted prisoners, and fellow refugees. He was the youngest film director in Australian history to be nominated for an AFI Award for Best Director for his film The Finished People, which was also nominated for 2 other AFI Awards, 3 Film Critics’ Circle Awards, 2 Australian Writers’ Guild Awards, and an Australian Screen Director’s Award. The Finished People was also shortlisted for a 2001 Academy Award.

In 2003, Khoa Do won the IF Independent Spirit Award and, three years later in 2006, he wrote and directed the film Footy Legends, which won Grand Jury Prize at the Vietnamese International Film Festival and the Phillip Parson’s Young Playwright’s Award in 2008.That same year, Khoa went on to write his next film Mother Fish, which won awards at the Sydney Film Festival, the Canada International Film Festival, the Orlando Film Festival, and the Vietnamese International Film Festival in 2011. He followed this with Falling for Sahara set in a Melbourne housing estate, and he’s currently in pre-production on the television series Better Man.

Outside of his film work, he won Young Vietnamese Australian of the Year in 2000, Young Citizen of the Year in 2001, and Young Australian of the Year in 2005. Khoa’s story of success and triumph have made him one of the most inspirational public speakers in Australia, and his innate gift for storytelling is just as apparent in his presentations as it is his films.

As a film director, writer and producer, Khoa has had incredible success, being nominated for AFI Awards, Film Critics’ Circle of Australia Awards, Australian Writers’ Guild Awards and Australian Screen Director’s Awards. His first short film was shortlisted for an Academy Award and in 2004 he was the youngest film director in Australian history to be nominated for an AFI Award for Best Direction. Today he continues to direct some of Australia’s brightest talents such as David Wenham, Bryan Brown and Claudia Karvan on his many projects.

As a keynote speaker Khoa has travelled globally, speaking to audiences in the hundreds of thousands across five continents. He has appeared in all arenas and platforms, whether it be speaking to newly arrived refugees in Cabramatta, Aboriginal kids in Alice Springs or to the Prime Minister and the leaders of our country in Canberra. After hearing him speak, the Governor General of Australia, Michael Jeffery, exclusively asked for Khoa to interview him in Kalgoorlie to launch Australia Day 2006.

As a volunteer and teacher, Khoa has received many awards for his work in the community and with young people – the Young Vietnamese Australian of the Year Award, the Young Citizen of the Year Award and the Young Australian of the Year Award.


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In Every Obstacle Lies An Extraordinary Opportunity

Khoa’s Signature Keynote Presentation

Khoa Do is a keynote speaker, film director, writer, volunteer and teacher with extensive experience working with the most disadvantaged in our community.

In Khoa’s signature keynote presentation he shares his amazing life story, one that began with an infant fleeing Vietnam on a dangerous fishing boat and culminates in Khoa being named the Young Australian of the Year. It is a journey of courage, resilience and hope amidst extraordinary opposition.


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Khoa Do

  Travels from:
Melbourne, Australia

  Contact:
1300 884 485+61295183944

  Specialty Areas:
Inspirational Speakers, Keynote Speakers, Speakers, Business Speakers

  Date of Birth:
1979

  Place of Birth:
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  Alumni of:
St Aloysius’ College

  Awards:

  • 2005 Young Australian of the Year


Movies:
  • Delivery Day (2009)
  • The Finished People (2003)
  • Footy Legends (2006)
  • Mother Fish (2010)
  • Better Man (2013)
  • Schapelle (2014)


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