About Bill Bennett

I am an Australian based producer and director of feature films and documentaries.

Hope Bridges

I did a Facebook Live video the other day on the concept of “Hope Bridges,” and thought I’d do a blog too, for those that never saw the video. 

A Hope Bridge is someone who provides a bridge of hope from one part of your life to another. 

To give you an example: during the making of my movie: PGS – Intuition is your Personal Guidance System – at critical points in the production when I needed finance to keep shooting, various people at various times stepped forward and offered me funding. 

Sometimes these offers were considerable – in a few instances I was offered big bucks to complete the film. Sometimes I was left dangling for years – literally years. But for one reason or another, these offers never materialised. 

Often, fear kicked in. 

That’s ok – because I later realised that these people served an important function – with their promises of help they bridged me over a period where, had they not made that offer, I might have given up in despair. 

They provided me a bridge of hope during a vulnerable period. 

It’s easy to consider these people as giant time-wasters, energy-wasters, to look at them disparagingly and call them flakes, or worse – and there were occasions where we ourselves invested money, as well as time, in traveling to meet with them, take them out to dinner, or pick up the tab at lunch – not to mention the emotional investment involved.

And later, you discover their promises are worthless. 

Now I realise that wasn’t their purpose – that’s not why they came into my life. They came into my life to give me hope – sustained hope until such time as someone else presented that did step forward and enable the film to continue. 

So these people, who in another life I would have called nasty names, in this life I say Thank You! – for being a hope bridge, and for allowing me to gracefully transition across an abyss of worry and despair, so that I land on the other side, my hope fully realised. 

Another near death ~

I’ve been screening my film PGS theatrically for the past twelve months, both in the US and Australia. And at almost every screening someone – sometimes more than one person – steps forward and tells me their own personal story about how a voice saved their life.

It happened the other night at a screening in Leichhardt, in Sydney. During the Q&A the photographer covering the event regaled the audience with an account of a voice that yelled at him while he was driving – he did exactly what the voice told him to do – and lives were saved. 

I now want to share with you an email I got from a lady named Lynne, who contacted me to tell me her story – and more. 

By the way, before I do that, remember that the movie goes on sale online on November 1st, off the film’s website – http://www.pgsthemovie.com

Here is a 45sec trailer – please feel free to download it and share it – we want to get this film out wide!  https://vimeo.com/296858942

Here now is part of the email that Lynne has given me permission to share:

Thought I’d quickly let you know I am another one of those people who has had a similar experience to you. I can’t remember the year now, it was early 2000s in Brisbane, driving down Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley early in the evening. I had a voice yell at me “Put the brake on NOW!!! Put the brake on NOW!!!” It was a voice, definitely not a thought.

Shocked, I immediately obeyed and as I did a man lurched from in front of a parked car on the side of the road. He was drunk or on drugs, totally out of it. I had already slowed down and now I really hit the brakes. If I hadn’t listened and acted I would have run him down and more than likely killed him. As the scene played out, I am thinking what the f…. is going on here.

Around about the same time I started having some precognitive dreams, some of which were profound, most mundane as well as other ‘noetic abilities’. This ‘noetic ability’ term I have since learned from IONs, – Institute of Noetic Sciences – with noetic meaning inner wisdom, direct knowing, or subjective understanding. Since then I have been on a path of trying to figure out what it’s all about. Along the way, I have learned that it takes time to discern who you can learn from.

Even though I haven’t read your book or watched your movie yet, I have just watched your youtube video with Michael Sandler and I really relate to what you say. Another thing that I have learned along the way is the difficulty in sharing such noetic experiences with others, as many are quick to judge and put you in the strange or loony category. 

So, the reason for telling you this is that I firmly believe we are coming to a point of our evolution (individual and collective) where there is the opportunity to raise awareness about such noetic things so that they become a recognised, validated and accepted part of life and that they are tools to get us to through to the next stage of evolution. And it is for this reason I really want to THANK YOU for the work you have done and are continuing to do creating such awareness. It is so needed and you evidently have the great practical skills to deliver it. Good upon you!

PGS the Movie online next week!

PGS the movie is coming online next week!

Ever since the film premiered at the Dendy Opera Quays in Sydney a year ago now, and then at the San Rafael Film Centre north of San Francisco in January of this year, audiences have been raving about the film.

Many have called it “life changing,” Caroline Myss – a legend in the field of intuition – called it “truly superb.” Paul Selig says the film is a “major contribution to the awakening of humanity.” Michael Tamura described it as “the finest film ever made on intuition.”

Here is a new 45 second trailer: PGS AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 1st

The film will only be available off the film’s website – and streaming only, to rent or buy. There will be Spanish and German subtitled versions – with more languages to follow. DVDs will be available next year. 

For those of you who have heard about the film but not been able to get to a screening, here’s your chance. 

Here’s the website – http://www.pgsthemovie.com

screenshot of the website

I’m not special ~

In starting off a blog with the title ‘I’m not special,’ it kind of implies that actually I am special, and I know I’m special, and anyone who knows me must also know that I’m special, because bloody hell isn’t it obvious?

I mean, crikey – you’d have to be a total dumb arse if you knew me and weren’t in awe of how special I was.

And in writing a blog titled I’m not special I’m actually pretending to be humble, and that, in a perverse kind of way, makes me even more special.

Does that make sense?

Nah – it doesn’t make much sense to me either. 

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m not special, because we all are special, and that makes none of us special.

I’ve made a movie on intuition, and now I’ve written a book about it too – but that doesn’t make me special. It makes me curious. It just so happens that over the past forty years I’ve developed certain skills that have enabled me to turn that curiosity into films and books. 

I heard a voice early one morning, while driving. It told me to slow down as I was approaching an intersection. A truck ran a red light and nearly killed me.

That voice saved my life. 

I was curious about that voice – so I made a movie about my search to find out what it was. 

And what I discovered was that what happened to me wasn’t so special – many many people have had similar experiences. Most of them just don’t want to talk about it – and none have made a film about it. 

Paul Allen died the other day. Paul Allen was the co-founder of Microsoft, along with Bill Gates.

Paul Allen was 65 – same age as me.  He used his years on this planet in ways different to me. And to you.

Does that make him special? More special than me, or you?

We are all special.

None of us are more or less special than anyone else. We are all part of divine energy and it’s this divine energy that’s special. 

If you want to read my book of the film PGS – Intuition is your Personal Guidance System – here is a link to its Amazon site. 

PGStheBook – Amazon




PGS the Book is now available ~

PGS the Book is now on sale on Amazon – 

The book goes even deeper than the film into the mechanics of intuition, and details how you can use your intuition every day to make better choices, to enrich your life in ways you never thought possible.

Over the past year, the film has been playing to sell-out screenings across the US, and Australia. The film has been called a “life-changer,” and Caroline Myss described it as “truly superb.”  

The film finally goes on sale online on November 1st!

Thanks to James Terry of Arcadia Press for publishing the book!

By the way, for those of you in Australia, because Amazon still hasn’t worked out its GST issue with our country, the paperback won’t be available for another month or so. If you want one, email me on billbennett.pgs@gmail.com, and I’ll post you a copy. Cost is AU$25 + postage.

The Realities of my life…

The major reality of my life is that I am human. With all the failings and weaknesses and dreams and disappointments that come with being human. 

Why would I think I were not human? you might rightly ask.

Because for most of our lives, our human-ness does not call us to account. 

Lately, mine has. 

Here’s something I’ve just read that I want to share with you:

The witchdoctor succeeds for the same reason the rest of us doctors succeed. Each patient carries his own doctor inside him. They come to us not knowing this truth. We are at our best when we give the doctor who resides within each person a chance to go to work.

This quote is attributed to Albert Schweitzer, the physician best known for his work in French Equatorial Africa in the 50s. He also won though the Nobel Peace Prize for his philosophical piece, Reverence for Life. 

What is Reverence for Life? Here is how Albert Schweitzer describes it:

The ethical values that underpin the true ideals of civilisation.

It’s heady stuff. 

I got that quote above from an academic book I’m reading at the moment on shamanism. This is part of my research into the third book in the Palace of Fires trilogy, the final book being called Beast.

I have to deliver this manuscript to my publishers, Penguin Random House, by October 31st. 100,000 words, or thereabouts. In May, I decided that the only way I could do this was by starting June 1st, and writing 1,000 words a day for 100 days. 

Now, you may think that writing 1,000 words is no big deal. Believe me, when you’re writing a complex novel – the third in a series which has to bring everything, and every character, to a satisfying conclusion – and it has to be good writing, well, let me tell you, it’s a huge task. 

I set myself the goal of the end of September to complete the 100,000 words – and it’s the end of September and I’m at 97,685. I have probably another four or five days of writing to complete the manuscript. This then gives me all of October to do revisions, before handing it in on schedule. 

To that extent, it’s like walking a Camino. It’s best not to think about the gargantuan task of walking across the whole of Spain – just think where you’ll end up that night. How many kilometres you’ll need to walk a day to get to Santiago by a certain date.

That’s how I approached this writing task.
Day by day – through the power of incrementation.

In amongst it though I have been working solidly on PGS – with continual marketing and preparing for the upcoming online release, and also the release of the book of the film, which I will announce very soon.

The end result of this though is that I’m knackered – and I simply can’t face the immediate prospect of a long walk – my “Front Door” 3,000km walk which I had slated for November. 

I need to rest. 
I need to recover.
I can’t keep pushing myself like this.
I’ll fall over. 

So, that means I will have to reschedule my beloved walk to next year. 
And next year I want to begin production on my next film in the PGS trilogy: Fear Not.

It will look at fear, in all its aspects, and look at how we can live without it. I see it as a companion piece to PGS, and intuition. 

By the end of this year I will have had two 100,000 word books published by Penguin Random House, I will have written a third, I will have written and had published by Arcadia Press PGS – Intuition is your Personal Guidance System – the 50,000 word book of the film. I will have travelled for five solid months back and forth across the US attending screenings of PGS – and I will have overseen and marketed the online release of that film. 

A massive year.

I need a rest, before I embark on my next journey.



Unholy – 2nd book in Palace of Fires trilogy

Unholy – the second book in the Palace of Fires trilogy, goes on sale on Monday, Sept 3rd.

According to my publishers Penguin Random House, the first book in the series, Initiate, has sold particularly well, requiring several additional reprints.

Anyone who read Initiate will want to read Unholy because the first book finished on a cliffhanger, and Unholy leads straight on from where Book1 finished.

On the broader front, we’re preparing for the online launch of PGS, which we’ll announce separately – and Jennifer and I are now starting to do PGS workshops around the country – teaching people how to tap into and use their intuition in a real world context.

The first workshop is in Frankston, Victoria, on Sunday Sept 9th. Contact me if you want details – or if you’d like to attend a workshop anywhere else – billbennett.pgs@gmail.com