Famous Australian Directors

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Simon Baker
(Actor known for his lead roles in the CBS television series The Mentalist)
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Birthdate: July 30, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Launceston, Australia
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James Wan
(Co-creator of the Saw and Insidious Franchises and the Creator of the Conjuring Universe)
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Birthdate: February 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

James Wan is an Australian screenwriter, film director, comic book writer, and producer. He is credited with creating or co-creating the popular Insidious, Saw, and The Conjuring Universe franchises. An exponent of the horror genre, James Wan established the Atomic Monster Productions, which produces television and film projects. He is also one of the most successful filmmakers of his generation.

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Bob Morley
(Australian Actor Known for His Role as ‘Bellamy Blake’ in the TV Series ‘The 100’)
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Birthdate: December 20, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kyneton, Australia
Bob Morley is best known for his Teen Choice Award-nominated performance as Bellamy Blake in The 100 and his Logie Award-nominated role as Drew Curtis in Home and Away. He has also participated in the Australian singing contest It Takes Two and has appeared in films such as Blinder.
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Baz Luhrmann
(Film Director)
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Birthdate: September 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Baz Luhrmann is an Australian writer and filmmaker. Thanks to his deep involvement in the direction, writing, and musical aspects of his work, Luhrmann is cited as an example of an auteur. His involvement often reflects on his work as he is one of the most successful Australian directors of his generation; many of his films are huge commercial successes.

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Peter Weir
(Film director, Screenwriter)
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Birthdate: August 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney
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Rachel Griffiths
(Actress who portrayed masseuse Brenda Chenowith in the HBO series Six Feet Under, for which she earned a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in 2002)
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Birthdate: December 18, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
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Rachel Ward
(Actress and Director Known for Her Films: ‘Sharky's Machine’ and ‘Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid’)
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Birthdate: September 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom

English-born Australian actress, director, and screenwriter, Rachel Ward, has been active in the entertainment industry for over 40 years. She attended the Byam Shaw School of Art in London for some time but quit midway to start her career as a model. Following a successful stint as a model, she began acting and screenwriting.

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Tilda Cobham-Hervey
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Birthdate: 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Adelaide, South Australia

Tilda Cobham-Hervey is an Australian actress known for her work in all three major acting mediums. She is one of the few actresses with a background in physical theatre and circus. Her journey from being an entertainer at a circus, whose specialities involved acrobatic pitching, trapeze, and hula hoop, to becoming a popular actress is quite inspirational.

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Cody Fern
(Actor)
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Birthdate: July 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Southern Cross, Australia
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Leigh Whannell
(Actor, Screenwriter, Writer, Director)
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Birthdate: January 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne

Leigh Whannell is an Australian screenwriter, actor, producer, and director. He often collaborates with his friend James Wan, and the two have worked together on the movies Saw, Dead Silence, and Insidious. He also wrote the Saw video game. He worked as a reporter and film critic for TV shows before entering the film industry. 

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Hugh Keays-Byrne
(For playing the main antagonist in two films from the Mad Max franchise)
Hugh Keays-Byrne
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Birthdate: May 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Srinagar, Kashmir, India
Died: December 1, 2020
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Tom Hooper
(Director)
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Birthdate: October 5, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
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Alice Englert
(Actress)
Alice Englert
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Birthdate: August 15, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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Craig Revel Horwood
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Craig Revel Horwood
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Birthdate: January 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ballarat, Australia
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Angela White
(Actress)
Angela White
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Birthdate: March 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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Justin Kurzel
(Film director)
Justin Kurzel
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Birthdate: August 3, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gawler, South Australia, Australia
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John Farrow
(Film Director Best Known for His Films: 'Wake Island' and 'Around the World in Eighty Days')
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Birthdate: February 10, 1904
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: January 27, 1963
Born into a dressmaker’s family, John Farrow went from being a sailor to a world-renowned filmmaker. Apart from his Oscar-winning screenplay of Around the World in Eighty Days, he was also known for his numerous affairs. He later married actor Maureen O'Sullivan, and had seven children, including actor Mia Farrow.
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James Clavell
(Novelist)
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Birthdate: October 10, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died: September 7, 1994

After a motorcycle injury cut his military career short, James Clavell began writing screenplays for films such as The Fly. The Australian author and World War II veteran later penned iconic Asian Saga novels such as King Rat and Shōgun, which have been made into hit films and series.

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Phoenix Raei
(Actor famous for his work in Clickbait, Stateless, The Heights, and Black Site)
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Birthdate: October 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Shiraz, Iran
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George Miller
(Australian Filmmaker Best Known for His 'Mad Max' Film Franchise and 'Happy Feet')
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Birthdate: March 3, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia
A filmmaker who was catapulted to fame with his Mad Max franchise, George Miller has exhibited his diversity, too, with projects such as Happy Feet. The Academy Award-winning director-producer was a practicing physician before stepping into films. He is all set to shoot his next venture, Furiosa, in post-COVID Australia.
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Andrew Dominik
(Film director, Screenwriter)
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Birthdate: October 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wellington
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Aden Young
(Actor Known for His Portrayal of Daniel Holden in the SundanceTV Drama ‘Rectify')
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Birthdate: November 30, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Canadian-Australian actor Aden Young is best known to fans as Daniel Holden from Rectify. Born to a CBC broadcaster father, he participated in theater even as a child. He later also gained fame with films such as I, Frankenstein and The Unseen. He is married to Australian singer Loene Carmen.

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Benedict Samuel
(Actor Best Known for His Role in the TV Series 'Gotham' and 'The Walking Dead')
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Birthdate: April 15, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

A graduate of the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art, Australian actor-writer-director, Benedict Samuel, has made his mark both on screen and stage. Beginning his career with television series, he debuted on stage with Tis Pity She's A Whore and starred in feature films like Asthma. Playing Mad Hatter in Fox crime series Gotham is the hallmark of his career.

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Sir Robert Helpmann
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Birthdate: April 9, 1909
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mount Gambier, Australia
Died: September 28, 1986
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Nash Edgerton
(Actor, Film director, Film producer, Stunt performer, Film editor, Screenwriter)
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Birthdate: January 19, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Blacktown
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Alex Proyas
(Director and producer)
Alex Proyas
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Birthdate: September 23, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
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John Jarratt
(Actor, producer and director)
John Jarratt
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Birthdate: August 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wongawilli, Wollongong, Australia
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John Pilger
(War correspondent, Writer, Director, Journalist)
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Birthdate: October 9, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney

Multiple BAFTA award-winning Australian journalist and documentary filmmaker John Pilger had begun his career working for media houses such as Daily Telegraph and Daily Mirror. He is vocal about social issues, such as the treatment of the indigenous community in Australia and the US and UK foreign policies.

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Craig Gillespie
(Commercial director, Film director)
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Birthdate: September 1, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney
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Storm Keating
(Fashion Designer, Producer, Director)
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Birthdate: October 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Childers, Queensland, Australia

Born to a cattleman father, Storm Keating spent her early years on her family farms. Initially a TV producer, she has been part of shows such as The Apprentice Australia and The Voice UK. Now a luxury fashion designer, she also maintains a fashion blog. She is married to singer Ronan Keating.

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James McTeigue
(Film director)
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Birthdate: December 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tauranga
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Matilda Brown
(Actress)
Matilda Brown
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Birthdate: 1987 AD
Birthplace: Australia
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Lyndall Hobbs
(film director)
Lyndall Hobbs
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Birthdate: 1952 AD
Birthplace: Australia
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John Hillcoat
(Film director)
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Birthdate: 1960 AD
Birthplace: Queensland, Australia
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Russell Mulcahy
(Film director, Screenwriter)
Russell Mulcahy
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Birthdate: June 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Melbourne
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Bruce Beresford
(Film director who has made more than 30 feature films over a 50-year career.)
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Birthdate: August 16, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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Frank Thring
(Stage actor, Film actor)
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Birthdate: May 11, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Melbourne
Died: December 29, 1994
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Phillip Noyce
(Film director, Screenwriter, Actor)
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Birthdate: April 29, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Griffith
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Paul Fenech
(Actor and Filmmaker who has been in many television series and films including Fat Pizza in 2003 and Housos)
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Birthdate: November 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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P. J. Hogan
(Film producer, Film director, Screenwriter)
P. J. Hogan
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Birthdate: November 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brisbane
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Gillian Armstrong
(Film director, Screenwriter)
Gillian Armstrong
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Birthdate: December 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Melbourne
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Robert Luketic
(Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter)
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Birthdate: November 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney
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John Polson
(Actor, Film director)
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Birthdate: September 6, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney
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Jim Sharman
(Theatre director, Film director, Screenwriter)
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Birthdate: March 12, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sydney
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Fred Schepisi
(Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer)
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Birthdate: December 26, 1939
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne
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Helmut Bakaitis
(Director, Actor and Screenwriter)
Helmut Bakaitis
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Birthdate: September 26, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Luban, Poland
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Jocelyn Moorhouse
(Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Writer)
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Birthdate: September 4, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Melbourne
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Carol Burns
(Actress, Theatre director)
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Birthdate: October 29, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia
Died: December 22, 2015
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Nabil Elderkin
(Film and music video director and photographer)
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Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Yoram Gross
(Film producer, Screenwriter, Film director)
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Birthdate: October 18, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kraków
Died: September 21, 2015