Graduating from Queensland University, Dennis later completed the Swinburne Film and TV School animation course in 1977. After working as writer/director/producer of his own films as well as TV commercials and other commercial and sponsored work, he was appointed Lecturer in Animation at the VCA School of Television (1992-4). Since then he has continued making independent films as writer, director, producer, and (often) designer/animator. These have been both fictional and documentary, animated and live-action, comedy and drama - and sometimes inventive combinations of various categories.
Dennis’ work has been shown at film festivals around the world, and he has won numerous awards. His recent Chainsaw has won many Grands Prix in animation festivals such as Ottawa, Animadrid, Anifest etc as well as in competition with live-action films at Oberhausen, Huesca, Mecal (Barcelona) etc. His films are often shown in retrospectives. His Mother's Voice (1998) has been included in many programmes of documentary animation (eg: IDFA 2007, Zagreb 2008, Leipzig 2008) and is discussed at length in several recent books: “Introduction to Documentary” (Nichols), "Animated Documentary" (Honess Roe), “The Animation Bible” (Furniss), and “Australian Documentary” (Fitzsimons, Laughren, Williamson). Several of his films are discussed in Judith Kriger's "Animated Realism" (2012). Dennis was also featured in Chris Robinson’s 2005 book as one of the “Unsung Heroes of Animation”.
Dennis has taught widely at universities, film and art schools in North America, Europe and Australia.
The First Interview (2011, 15mins + 27mins, HD/Digital Betacam )
Silly and Serious (2008, 25', Dvcam)
Chainsaw (2007, 25', 35mm)
Taringa 4068: Our Place and Time (2002, 26’, Betacam)
Into the Dark (2001, 6’, 35mm)
The Heat, The Humidity (1999, 4’, 16mm)
His Mother’s Voice (1997, 14’30”, 35mm)
The Darra Dogs (1993, 10’, 35mm)
The Bear (1990, 30’, 16mm)
Dance of Death (1983, 7’30” , 16mm)
My Big Chance (1977, 1’30”, 16mm)
Please Don’t Bury Me (1976, 4’, 16mm)
Jungle Pictures was established in 2000 by Fiona Cochrane and Dennis Tupicoff to produce film and television projects of mutual interest. Several films have been completed and screened in Australia and internationally; others are currently in production or development.
Fiona and Dennis have long experience across a wide range of film and television programmes: shorts and features, live-action and animation, fiction and documentary. Their films have screened around the world and have won many awards.