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.


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


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


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


The Australian Film Television and Radio 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.