Benjamin Gilmour has been a paramedic for 20 years. He is also an author and film director. His last film, Jirga, was Australia’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, 2019, and won the Best Independent Film at the AACTA Awards. His other films include Paramedico (2012) and Son of a Lion (2008), which was selected for the Berlinale. He is the author of the best-selling book Paramedico – Around the World by Ambulance, a tie-in with his film of the same name, and Warrior Poets about the making of his first feature film in Pakistan. His children's book, The Travel Bug, with illustrator James Gulliver Hancock is published by Penguin Random House. He is based in northern New South Wales, Australia, where he lives with his wife Kaspia and three children.