Dr. Rachel Landers

Head of Documentary

Dr. Rachel Landers completed a PhD in History at the University of Sydney and a Post-Graduate Directing Diploma at the National Institute of Dramatic Art. Working in theatre after graduation Rachel then moved into film as a writer/director and producer of drama and documentary. Her films have screened at numerous international festivals, been broadcast all over the world and have won and been nominated for a number of awards.

Most recently Rachel made the feature documentary A Northern Town nominated for the prestigious UK Grierson Innovation award, a United Nations media award and was a finalist for best documentary in the Dendy's and the Film Critics Circle of Australia. A Northern Town, which she also shot, won an AFI for Best Cinematography and the 2009 Premiers History Award and is in competition at FIFO in 2012.

Rachel produced the feature documentary The Snowman in 2010 selected for competition at IDFA; nominated for an AFI award for Best Feature Documentary and won the Foxtel Australian Documentary Prize.

Her last film was the documentary The Inquisition screened on the ABC and France 1 and was in competition at FIFO in 2011.

Rachel was awarded the 2011 NSW Premier’s History Fellowship. In 2012 she was appointed Head of Documentary at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. In 2015, she completed production on the ABC/DVA/Screen Australia documentary Lest We Forget What? for the centenary of World War 1. She published her first non-fiction book Who Bombed the Hilton? With New South Books in 2016 for which she won the 2016 national NIB award for excellence in research in the creation of a literary work.

Education

PhD University of Sydney, 2002


First Class Honours History University of Sydney, 1995

Post Graduate Diploma in Directing National Institute of Dramatic Art, 1990

Professional History

2001 - 2011 Director Pony Films Pty Ltd. Writer/Director/Producer


1995 - 2000 Freelance Writer/Director/Producer


1991 - 1995 Freelance Theatre Director

Awards

History Fellowship NSW 2011


Foxtel Australian Documentary Prize 2010


NSW Premier's History Award 2009


AF1 Best Cinematography 2008


UN Media Award 2008


Dendy Award, Sydney Film Festival 2004


Best Documentary MIFF 2000


UN Media award 2000


Gold Hugo Chicago Film festival 1999

Filmography

The Inquisition, 2011, Writer, Director


The Snowman, 2010, Cinematographer, Producer


A Northern Town, 2009, Writer, Cinematographer, Director


Storage, Writer, 2007


The Lost Tribe 2006, Producer, Cinematographer, Director


A Debt of Honour 2005 Writer, Director


Missing 2004 Series Writer, Producer, Director


A Girl, A Horse, A Dream 2003/4 Writer, Director


24 Hours Director 2002


Drama School, Director 2001


Whitey's Like Us 1998/9


Revisionism 1997

Acknowledgement

The Australian Film Television Radio and School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.