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Directing

‘Sweet Tooth’ | Dir. Shannon Ashlyn

Explore Directing: In our digital world, the skills and capabilities demanded of the director are increasingly complex. AFTRS helps you to master your directing skill-set. 

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Why study Directing at AFTRS

Develop your skills as a screen director while gaining access to world-class mentors, lecturers and practitioners. You will work with cinematographers, writers, producers, designers and editors across several workshops and projects to realise your vision.

Hone your craft

Hone your craft by working with leading industry practitioners

Perfect your creative skill-set

Develop an adaptable, creative skill-set

Career opportunities

Over the past 45 years, AFTRS Directing alumni have been nominated for a slew of awards. Notable alumni include: Jane Campion, nominated for BAFTA and Emmy Awards for Top of the Lake (2013-2014) and nominated for an Academy Award as Best Director for The Piano (1994); Gillian Armstrong, winner of AFI and London Critics Circle Film Awards for My Brilliant Career (1979), and winner of Australian Director’s Guild Awards for Love, Lust & Lies (2010); Chris Noonan, nominated for an Academy Award Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for Babe (1996); Cate Shortland, winner of Best Director at the AACTA Awards for Somersault (2004) and Berlin Syndrome (2017); and current AFTRS Head of Directing Rowan Woods, winner of AFI and BAFTA Awards for his feature films and TV.

Meet your Lecturers

Rowan Woods

Rowan Woods is an AFTRS alumni and award-winning director of TV and feature films. As Head of Directing he concurrently…

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Pearl Tan

Pearl Tan was born in Perth, Western Australia. She is the founder and director of Pearly Productions, creating independent films…

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Megan Simpson Huberman

Megan Simpson Huberman is a writer, director, development consultant, script editor, story producer and senior development, production, and creative executive…

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Nadia Townsend

Nadia Townsend has worked in the Australian film, television and theatre industry for the last 20 years; as an actress,…

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