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Jocelyn Moorhouse

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Diploma Directing, 1983

Jocelyn Moorhouse worked as a television script editor, writer and director before turning her short film Proof into a feature starring Hugo Weaving and Russell Crowe, premiering at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival. Capitalising on the acclaim she received, Jocelyn relocated to Los Angeles to direct How to Make an American Quilt (1995) and A Thousand Acres (1997).

In addition to directing, Jocelyn has also produced several films directed by her husband (and fellow graduate) P.J. Hogan—including Muriel’s Wedding, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 1994. Moorhouse would return to the festival two decades later with her own film The Dressmaker. The film was a major box-office success and received 13 AACTA nominations.

More recently Jocelyn has directed episodes of Wanted (2018) Les Norton (2019), and Stateless (2019), and is developing feature films with Dressmaker producer and fellow alumna Sue Maslin. Jocelyn’s memoir Unconditional Love: A Memoir of Filmmaking and Motherhood was published by Text Publishing in 2019.



Meeting my future husband, P.J. Hogan, who was a fellow student in my year. We made many short films together and began our creative partnership that continues to this day.


One of my biggest career highlights was standing on stage with Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth and Sarah Snook when we attended the world premiere of The Dressmaker at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015.