Graduate Diploma of Arts (Film and Television) - Directing, 1999
Serhat’s films have screened at over 50 local and international film festivals, winning numerous prizes and awards. His feature A Lion Returns was released to critical acclaim and garnered praise from The Guardian, The Australian, Flicks and Filmink Magazine’s best Australian films of 2020 lists. It also received an AACTA nomination.
His first feature Cedar Boys, won the Audience Award at 56th Sydney Film Festival, screened at several international film festivals and garnered nominations and accolades in Australia, including AWG, ADG, IF and an AACTA nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
Serhat is currently attached to direct the film adaption of best-selling American author Michael Prescott’s book Mark of Kane, and the true crime story Killer Country inspired by Sandra Lee’s book ‘Beyond Bad’. He is also working on numerous other projects in various stages of development through his company Bonafide Pictures with support from Screen NSW, Screen Australia and other production companies.
Serhat comes from an extensive background in theatre, drama and performing arts. His acting credits include the award-winning Australian TV series East-West 101 and The Principal, also the 2016 U.S Sci-Fi series Hunters, produced by Gale Anne Hurd (Terminator 1 & 2) and created by Natalie Chaidez (Heroes).
Serhat also teaches at UNSW, Sydney Theatre School and NIDA.
Being surrounded with so many talented, inspired, and passionate filmmakers and teachers. I learnt a lot. Forever grateful for the experience.
There have been a few high ones and some low points. However, being on set and directing is my greatest high.