Hired Gun TV was established in the year 2000 by Australian filmmaker Anthony ‘Ash’ Brennan.
Ash was raised in Sydney’s western suburbs, a blue-collar, multicultural environment which would shape his views on everything from music to social justice.
During the 1980s and 1990s, Ash spent his days working at Network Ten in Sydney, while moonlighting as a musician in several popular hard-rock bands. His combined music and television skills led to him becoming a Senior Producer with MTV Australia and producing, shooting and editing music videos for numerous bands. Ash honed his storytelling and filmmaking skills by producing, directing and editing short films such as ‘The Conlon’ and ‘Getting Real’. Influenced by the legendary documentarian, John Pilger, in more recent years Ash has started creating political content.
He is a passionate supporter of Australian Indigenous rights and works with the indigenous community, telling their stories through his lens. When friends in a Sydney punk band told Ash of their plans to hold a benefit concert for West Papua, Ash saw the perfect opportunity to combine his music and political interests with his filmmaking skills.
In April 2015, Ash met with West Papuan Independence Leader and two-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Benny Wenda. This meeting, along with the punk movement growing in Australia, would provide the catalyst for Anthony ‘Ash’ Brennan’s first documentary feature, ‘Punks For West Papua’.
Whilst winning film festival awards in Australia and the USA, Ash is now the official representative of the Free West Papua Campaign in Australia and still holds screenings and talks around the country to raise awareness for the West Papuan cause. As there is a total media ban in West Papua, these screenings also raise vital funds to help film makers on the ground in West Papua get their stories told to the Human Rights Commission at the UN in Geneva.
Ash followed up the success of ‘Punks for West Papua’ in the same year with his very confronting short film ‘Bad Jesus’, which delves deep into the troubled mind of a drug addict.
His 30 year TV career has seen him travel the globe, working at the worlds biggest sporting events. Football, Cricket and Rugby World Cups, Summer and Winter Olympics as a producer and editor.
Ash now resides on the Central Coast of NSW and is now producing his own podcast ‘On the Blanket’ .