Al Clark was born in Huelva, Spain. He began his working life as a journalist on the London magazine Time Out before joining the still embryonic Virgin, first as publicity director for the record company (where he represented the Sex Pistols, XTC, Phil Collins and Mike Oldfield, among others), then as founder and editor of The Film Yearbook, and finally as head of production for the film division, through which he supervised the production of six films.
Moving to Sydney, he was appointed to the board of the Australian Film Commission, and in 1994 produced Stephan Elliott’s The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which was nominated for two Golden Globes, won an Oscar, and remains one of the most successful Australian films of all time. Other production credits include Chopper, Blessed and Red Hill.
In January 2013, Al was the recipient of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Raymond Longford Award for lifetime achievement, the nation’s highest screen accolade. He was appointed to the board of Screen Australia in December 2014.