David Redman was born in the UK where his Australian parents were teaching English to the English. Returning to Melbourne as an infant David attended Camberwell Grammar School whose alumni include Sir Keith Murdoch and Barry Humphries. Upon graduation in 1984 David started work at a chartered accounting firm while studying at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and working at a nightclub at night. After almost two years of this juggle he decided to travel to the US for a 3-month holiday. Almost ten years later he returned to Australia. While overseas David started playing music while building a recording studio in Augusta, Georgia and then while working at Guitar Centre in San Francisco. Moving to the UK he played in several bands and travelled throughout Europe, being based in Amsterdam and Rome before returning to London. David worked in the City of London in the finance, insurance, and banking industries before seeking to combine his business and creative experiences by joining UK based film distribution, exhibition and sales company, Recorded Releasing, in 1988. Rapidly promoted within the company, owned by Jeremy Thomas (producer The Last Emperor) and Chris Blackwell (founder of Island Records), David was working as the Managing Director in 1991 when he left to move into film production.
His UK based film producer credits include Before The Rain, a UK, French, Macedonian Co-Production which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1994 and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1995, The Young Poisoner’s Handbook, a UK, German Co-Production awarded the Critics’ Prize at the Edinburgh Film Festival.
Returning to Australia in 1996 David set up Redman Entertainments and its subsidiary, Instinct Entertainment and the post-production facility, The Film Hub. His film producer credits at Instinct included the Paramount distributed comedy Charlie & Boots, Salute and Till Human Voices Wake Us and the highest grossing Australian movie of 2004, the comedy Strange Bedfellows which was distributed by Universal in the US and which Instinct developed into a stage musical.
David is the longest serving member of the Screen Producers Australia council and has mentored emerging producers through their ‘Ones to Watch’ program. He line produced the Bollywood hit comedy, Singh is Kinng, produced the Village Roadshow distributed comedy Take Away, the Hoyts/Nine distributed comedy You and Your Stupid Mate and the comedy romance Spin Out, that Sony Pictures released worldwide in 2016. In 2018 he expanded his experience into high end television series with Bloom, for Stan & Playmaker. His most recently production, Measure 4 Measure starring Hugo Weaving, premiered at the 2019 Melbourne International Film Festival and the Busan International Film Festival. In 2017 David co-founded Harvest Pictures Group, which is currently developing a range of projects with an emphasis on international partnerships, especially with Asia. Harvest partnered with the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts on their Asia International Engagement Program. In 2020 David joined Polaris Media.