David Heslin is a writer, editor and filmmaker born and raised in Canberra, Australia. His interest in writing began in childhood, when he produced short stories, plays, a comic strip and a satirical newspaper.
At the age of 20, following a brief stint at the Australian National University studying film and philosophy, he moved to Melbourne and began his career as a freelance writer, contributing three articles to Fairfax’s online opinion website The National Times. In 2011, David was appointed editor-in-chief of the Monash University student magazine Esperanto. This experience – together with his long-held ambition of being a film critic – led him to apply for RMIT’s Professional Writing and Editing program, a degree which he commenced part-time in 2013.
In 2014, David contributed annotations on a trio of classic European films for Senses of Cinema. He also began writing synopses for the Melbourne International Film Festival program guide, and conducted video interviews with filmmakers including Catherine Breillat, Joe Swanberg and Rolf De Heer, which were published on the Melbourne International Film Festival website. 2014 was bookended by two other film-related achievements: in February, his short film Lake Tantalus was screened at Adelaide’s 9:16 Film Festival, while his video essay collaboration with Chris Luscri – Out 1: From Conspiracy to Conspiracy – was selected by internationally renowned film critic Kevin B. Lee as one of the best five video essays of the year.
In 2015, David was selected to be part of the Melbourne International Film Festival’s second MIFF Critics Campus, a week-long intensive mentoring and development program. As part of this, six of his film reviews and one feature were published across The Age and the festival’s website.
David lives in Hampton with his partner and their young son.