STEVE RAVIC (Stipe Ravić) is an internationally recognized Australian-Croatian film director, producer and writer from Australia who also deals with public speaking, mentoring, management and investigative journalism.
He was born in a Croatian family in Melbourne, Australia in 1973. He grew up in the western suburbs of Melbourne, in St. Albans, a well-known enclave of the Croatian diaspora, of which he has been an active member since his youth. Today, he actively writes for the most famous newspapers from the Croatian diaspora, such as “Vjesnik” (Croatian Herald) from Australia.
In his various projects, he also collaborates with numerous prominent Croats around the world, such as Charles Billich and Marko Perković Thompson. He started his career as a creator of innovative productions of music videos and rock documentaries for established and popular artists on an international level, and as an organizer of music performances and events, but also as an actor, although occasionally when it intrigues him.
As the owner of the company Metal Warriors Pty. Ltd.” worked on the music scene as a promoter, producer, manager and participated in various tours and festivals with international Rock / Heavy Metal bands such as Dungeon, MYSTERY (his son Rocky’s band), Vanishing Point, ManOwar, Alice Cooper, Doro , Motorhead, Destruction, Edguy, Saxon, Iron Maiden, Twisted Sister, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Scorpions, The Poodles, Europe, Gamma Ray, The Sweet, Angra, Nightwish, Rhapsody, Megadeth and many more.
As a director, he tried his hand at different styles and genres of filmmaking, from popular music videos and rock documentaries to feature films in which he breathed his unique artistic signature. Some of the projects under his leadership or thanks to his involvement realized distribution through companies such as Universal Music, Sony, Warner / East West, Nuclear Blast, and were broadcast by large commercial television networks such as European RTL, ABC in Australia and cable television around the world.
His first feature film “Warrior” (also known as “Metal Warriors”), an unusual street drama that he directed, wrote and acted himself, was shown in Australian cinemas in 2010/11. year, after the premiere at the most prestigious film festival in Cannes under the auspices of the Australian Film Commission.
In 2010, Frontiers Records released Ravić’s documentary and concert “The Poodles: In The Flesh” about the most popular Swedish band at the time, The Poodles. A documentary that has been awarded numerous prizes and praises. Ravić also produced various projects with a number of very popular international bands such as Doro (Germany), Manowar (USA) and Rhapsody (Italy). Among other various productions, in 2006, Ravić completed the film ”Diary of a Fatman”, a comedy that also won several international awards in Los Angeles and he received the Hollywood Dreams award as the best director at the AOF festival after its premiere at the film festival in Cannes in 2016.
In 2019, he returns to the Cannes Film Festival as a director and producer with the world premiere of his documentary film “Billich: Beyond The Canvas”, dedicated to the world-famous painter, the Australian Croatian Charles Billich.
In 2022, his action thriller Hotel Underground is shown at the Cannes Film Festival, starring James Storm from the USA, the world champion of TNA professional wrestling and the popular Australian actor Andy McPhee. His film won a large number of international awards at the Los Angeles Motion Picture Festival, and Ravić himself won the golden award as best director.