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Warwick Young OAM

Master of Screen Arts: Directing, 2013

Warwick completed a Bachelor of Applied Science at Queensland University of Technology before he trained as an actor at the University of Southern Queensland.

As a screen actor Warwick’s film credits include Wolverine, Superman Returns, The Great Raid, Beneath Hill 60 and Evicted: A Modern Romance. His television credits include All Saints, Small Claims, Water Rats, Sea Patrol, Rescue Special Ops, Rake, Carlotta and The Killing Field. Warwick is also an experienced theatre actor.

In 2013 Warwick completed his Masters in Directing at AFTRS. Upon graduation he was awarded the prestigious European Union Film Award. His capstone film Stuffed won Best Foreign Film at the 2016 Beverly Hills Film Festival, received a nomination for an Australian Directors Guild (ADG) Award, an AACTA award nomination in the Social Shorts category, for which Warwick was nominated for a 2017 Best New Filmmakers LA Award.

Warwick’s other work has screened in official competition in multiple international film festivals and obtained several awards; including Best Student Film at the 2014 UK Film Festival; the Rising Talent Award at the Down Under Berlin Film Festival; the Antipodes program of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival; and runner up for the Nicolas Baudin Prize for Best Short Film at the 2015 Saint-Tropez Film Festival.

Warwick has served as an officer in the Australian Army Reserve since 1996 and saw active service in Iraq in 2006. He was appointed by the Governor General to the Veterans’ Review Board as a Services Member in 2008, a position which he still holds. In 2014 he was instrumental in the design and delivery of the Australian Defence Force Theatre Project, a joint venture between the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the Sydney Theatre Company, The project was designed to provide wounded, injured and ill members of the ADF an opportunity to utilise theatre as a form of therapy to assist them in overcoming their injuries, both physical and psychological. The resulting production The Long Way Home toured nationally and Warwick was engaged as a cast member and mentor to the participants. Warwick was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2019 for his services to veterans and their families through the Arts.

At AFTRS Warwick took up the role of head tutor for the three-week film school in 2016 & 2017 and was an adjunct lecturer in Screenwriting and Directing for the Bachelor of Arts Screen Production in 2016 & 2017. In 2018 Warwick was an adjunct lecturer in Creative Writing for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at the University of Sydney. He also is the current Executive Chairman of the Veterans Film Festival.

Warwick completed a director’s attachment on the Goalpost Films production of the Foxtel Mini-series Fighting Season. He was selected as a member of the Australian Directors Guild Delegation to attend Screen Forever 2019 and is the current NSW Chapter Head of the ADG.



I had a great time at AFTRS, but the opportunity to do the Masters was the most significant and memorable period. Intense, challenging, and transformative. The most enjoyable part of that was making my film Stuffed.


I have been very lucky to have a long and varied career in the screen industry, with so many highlights, but, if I had to single one thing out, it would be an element as opposed to an event; and that would be the people. I have had the privilege to work with so many talented and inspiring people, and on fantastic projects. That has been the highlight.


Watch Stuffed on ABC iView