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Beck Cole

Master of Arts (Film & Television) - Documentary (2001)

A screenwriter and director of drama as well as documentary, Beck Cole started her career as a TV journalist for Imparja television, working for ABC TV and the Central Australian Media Association (CAAMA).

In 2011, after several acclaimed shorts including Plains Empty (2005) and Nana (2007), she directed feature film Here I Am. Her debut feature followed three generations of Indigenous women, and premiered at the Adelaide Film Festival

Beck’s documentary credits include Making Samson & Delilah – behind the scenes of the acclaimed feature drama, with director and fellow graduate Warwick Thornton.

Her other TV credits include episodes of sketch show Black Comedy and children’s series Grace Beside Me, as well as The Warriors, Redfern Now, Mustangs FC, Wentworth and Between Two Worlds.

Her latest feature We Are Still Here is a unique Indigenous anthology film from New Zealand and Australian filmmakers made in response to the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s arrival to both countries. Cole not only co-wrote and directed one of the contributing shorts, Grog Shop, but also oversaw the merging the eight pieces together as Supervising Director alongside editor and fellow alum Roland Gallois.



At AFTRS I made many lifelong creative connections. For me the highlight of my year was chilling out in the library, immersing myself in films, books, journals, magazines. The AFTRS library is my happy place to this day.


Every gig is a highlight and I express gratitude every time I’m offered a job. A professional career as a filmmaker takes dedication and perseverance; it also takes trust and faith from the people who are choosing to work with you and vice versa. I’m grateful for every story room I’m invited to join, every script I’m offered to read.