Chris Keely

Chris Keely

My first job was... dreadful. After graduating with a law degree I found myself at a major law firm churning out property transactions. But I’m forever thankful for the experience, as it set me on a new path into the film and broadcasting industries which I still love to this day.

I have been greatly influenced in life by...  the one and only Mike Lattin. He was a phenomenal figure in broadcasting, and I was lucky enough to work with him for part of my career. He embraced everything the media was about – not only was he passionately creative but he was a master of the business side of the industry. Kim Williams captured the essence of Mike last year when he commented that Mike was “a friend, colleague and adviser who flew high like the big bird he was."

When I'm not at work I spend time...  enjoying all the culture that living in Sydney has to offer. After spending several years in Singapore in my last position, it’s wonderful to move back to Sydney and to discover so much has changed. I live close to Kings Cross and exploring the new galleries and small bars that are emerging in the surrounding suburbs is really exciting.

The last interesting book that I read was... “The Australian Moment” by George Megalogenis, a fascinating insight into the great leadership of past Australian PMs.  Paul Keating, Bob Hawke and John Howard implemented bold reforms and Megalogenis makes the case that these created the best economy in the world which would later emerge unscathed from three worldwide recessions.

At school, I was known for... completely opting out of maths. I wasn’t allowed to, but I couldn’t stand it and I wanted to spend more time on subjects I loved such as literature, history or economics. Luckily excel was invented!

My guiltiest pleasure is... what my great friend and communications law guru Trudi Bean christened a “glass of crisp white wine”, particularly after a long day and in front of an exciting new film.

My favourite movie of all time is... I Killed My Mother most recently. We are screening it this Friday 8.30pm as part of WM Mardi Gras – it’s a French Canadian film that was written and directed by Xavier Dolan at the age of 18. It’s a truly astonishing achievement which looks at the intricacies of a modern mother and son relationship. But I think we make some incredible cinema here in Australia too – Animal Kingdom and Shine are two of my all-time favourites.

I know it's not cool but I love... V8 Supercars, I’m always on the edge of my chair for a Craig Lowndes or Jamie Whincup thumping of the blue oval mob.

One of my favourite series on STV is...  Failure Club on STUDIO is riveting television. It’s a brand new series by Morgan Spurlock, who made the documentary Supersize Me, about a support group for people that are giving their failed dreams one more shot. I also loved the antics of the people on Come Dine With Me Australia on Lifestyle FOOD.

The person I most admire is... Paul Keating or Lyndon B. Johnson. Leaders that brought about exciting changes and went beyond the egos of politics to better their nations while they could. Paul Keating was extremely important for the arts in Australia, and I was lucky enough to work for him on Creative Nation – Australia’s first and only arts policy.

My friends say that I... know how to entertain – whether it’s a programming line-up or a Friday night get-together at my place.

My hope for the future is that... the subscription industry continues to innovate to deliver new ways for our subscribers to consume the brilliant programming that Foxtel delivers. Innovations like Foxtel Go are proof that we’re on the right path, and our success means we can continue creating exciting and unique content here in Australia and around the world.

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