Esben Storm
Born(1950-05-26)26 May 1950
Støvring, Denmark
Died28 March 2011(2011-03-28) (aged 60)
  • Actor
  • screenwriter
  • producer
  • director
  • voice artist
  • songwriter
Years active1972–2008
Spouse(s)Pamela Barnetta
Lisa Meagher

Esben Storm (26 May 1950 – 28 March 2011) was a Danish Australian actor, screenwriter, television producer, television director, voice artist and songwriter.

He was well known for his work with the Australian Children's Television Foundation, headed by Patricia Edgar, where he worked for 15 years. The company sold programs to 92 countries, and Storm was involved in writing, acting, editing, and directing numerous programs, including Round the Twist.[1] He worked to adapt John Marsden's Tomorrow series but lost the rights to the film.

His acting credits included roles in the films The Coca-Cola Kid (1985), Wrong World (1985) and Young Einstein (1988); his last acting role was in the medical drama series All Saints.[2]


Storm came to Australia with parents Laurits and Ane in 1958 after Laurits lost the family farm to lawyers. After having settled in Melbourne, his father worked as a builder's labourer and built a darkroom where Esben learned photographic processing, composition and lighting.

Storm started making films at 18 with his partner Haydn Keenan. His early work was mostly serious in nature, including a 1983 documentary about the Hilton Bombing in Sydney called With Prejudice. He wrote and directed 27A (1974), In Search of Anna (1978) (with film stills and publicity shots by Carol Jerrems, who was then his girlfriend),[3] Deadly (1991), and Subterano (2003); he directed Devil's Hill (1988) and the Tasmanian film in the Touch the Sun series of bicentennial telemovies. In 2007, he directed the SBS comedy series Kick.[2]

Storm also worked on several television series such as Round the Twist, The Genie from Down Under (in which he was scriptwriter and director), Sky Trackers (in which he was script consultant), Li'l Elvis Jones and the Truckstoppers (in which he was the show's creator, scriptwriter and dialogue director), Blue Heelers (as a director), Crash Zone, and Winners (for which he directed the episode "The Other Facts of Life").


In 1976, Storm acted in Hanging About, a film by Carol Jerrems, who was then his girlfriend and living with him in Willoughby. He played Tom in Room to Move and Leo George in The Other Facts of Life, and also appeared in More Winners (in which he played The Waiter in the episode "The Big Wish") and Phoenix (in which he played Pat). In Blue Heelers (which he also directed), he played Colin Roper in the episode "Breaking the Cycle".


Storm died, aged 60, on 28 March 2011.[4]

Select filmography

Unmade films



  1. ^ Esben Storm, 1950 - 2011., The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 April 2011.
  2. ^ a b Finney, Sarah: Vale Esben Storm (1950 – 2011) Archived 14 April 2013 at, Australian Film Institute, 29 March 2011.
  3. ^ Cover, July 1977, Cinema papers, Global Village Cinema Publications, 1977
  4. ^ Industry mourns Esben Storm Archived 1 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Encore, 29 March 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Interview with Esben Storm", Signis, 22 August 1995 Archived 3 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine accessed 21 November 2012.
  6. ^ AFI Award Winners Feature Categories 1958-2009 Archived 7 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Australian Film Institute.