Russell Mulcahy is an openly gay Australian film and music video director, who first made a name for himself in the early 1980’s. After moving to the UK in the late 1970’s, Mulcahy began directing music videos for several popular British acts, including Elton John, Duran Duran, and The Rolling Stones. In 1981, Mulcahy became a household name when his video for The Buggles “Video Killed the Radio Star” premiered as the very first music video to ever appear on MTV.
Released in 2009 and directed by Russell Mulcahy, Prayers for Bobby is a movie about a religious mother who must come to terms with her gay son’s suicide. The film was nominated for large number of awards including an Emmy, and won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Movie. Shot primarily in Detroit, the film features actors Sigourney Weaver, Henry Czerny, and Ryan Kelley.