Famous Australian Directors

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Angela White
(Australian Porn Actor and Director )
Angela White
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Birthdate: March 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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Simon Baker
(Australian Actor Who Is Best Known for His Lead Role in the TV Series 'The Mentalist')
Simon Baker
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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)
James Wan
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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’)
Bob Morley
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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
(Filmmaker, Writer, and Producer Known for His Films: ‘Moulin Rouge!’ and ‘The Great Gatsby’)
Baz Luhrmann
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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)
Peter Weir
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Birthdate: August 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney

Peter Weir is an Australian former film director. He is best known for directing critically acclaimed and successful films like Picnic at Hanging Rock, Gallipoli, and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. In 2022, Peter Weir was honored at the Academy Awards with the Academy Honorary Award for his lifetime achievement.

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Rachel Ward
(Actress and Director)
Rachel Ward
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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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Rachel Griffiths
(Australian Actress Best Known for Her Performance in the TV Series 'Six Feet Under')
Rachel Griffiths
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Birthdate: December 18, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Rachel Griffiths is an Australian actress best known for her portrayal of Brenda Chenowith in the American drama television series Six Feet Under, which earned her two Screen Actors Guild Awards, Australian Film Institute Award, and Golden Globe Award. Rachel Griffiths has also won several other prestigious awards, such as AACTA Awards and Helpmann Award.

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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
(Australian Actor-Director Who Is Known for His Roles in the American Horror Story Franchise)
Cody Fern
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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)
Leigh Whannell
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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
(Actor and Film Director)
Hugh Keays-Byrne
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Birthdate: May 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Srinagar, Kashmir, India
Died: December 2, 2020

Hugh Keays-Byrne was a British-Australian actor and film director. He is best remembered for playing the antagonist in two Mad Max movies: Toecutter in Mad Max and Joe in Mad Max: Fury Road. Hugh Keays-Byrne is also remembered for his performance in one of the episodes of Rush, which earned him the prestigious Logie Award for Best Actor in 1977.

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Craig Revel Horwood
(Australian-British Dancer, Choreographer, Author, Theatre Director, Conductor, and Former Drag Queen)
Craig Revel Horwood
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Birthdate: January 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ballarat, Australia

Craig Revel Horwood is an Australian-British dancer, choreographer, author, theatre director, conductor, and former drag queen. Also a TV personality, Horwood is best known for appearing as a judge on the British television dance contest, Strictly Come Dancing. Craig Revel Horwood has also released three autobiographies by joining hands with Michael O'Mara Books.

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Justin Kurzel
(Film Director and Screenwriter)
Justin Kurzel
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Birthdate: August 3, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gawler, Australia

Justin Kurzel is an Australian screenwriter and film director. He is best known for directing critically acclaimed films like Snowtown, Macbeth, and Nitram. His films Snowtown and Nitram earned him AACTA Award for Best Direction.

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George Miller
(Australian Filmmaker Best Known for His 'Mad Max' Film Franchise and 'Happy Feet')
George Miller
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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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John Farrow
(Film Director Best Known for His Films: 'Wake Island' and 'Around the World in Eighty Days')
John Farrow
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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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Aden Young
(Actor Known for His Portrayal of Daniel Holden in the SundanceTV Drama ‘Rectify')
Aden Young
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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')
Benedict Samuel
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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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Nash Edgerton
(Actor, Film Director, and Stuntman)
Nash Edgerton
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Birthdate: January 19, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Blacktown

Nash Edgerton is an Australian actor, film director, and stuntman. He is best known for his work as a stuntman in popular films like The Matrix trilogy, Superman Returns, and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. Nash Edgerton is also known for directing critically acclaimed short films like Bear and Spider.

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Phoenix Raei
(Actor famous for his work in Clickbait, Stateless, The Heights, and Black Site)
Phoenix Raei
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Birthdate: October 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Shiraz, Iran
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John Jarratt
(Actor, Director, Producer, and TV Presenter)
John Jarratt
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Birthdate: August 5, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wongawilli, Australia

John Jarratt is an Australian actor, director, producer, and TV presenter. He has played important roles in popular films like Picnic at Hanging Rock, We of the Never Never, and Dark Age. John Jarratt is also known for his performance in the Australian drama TV series McLeod's Daughters.

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John Pilger
(War correspondent, Writer, Director, Journalist)
John Pilger
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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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Alex Proyas
(Australian Filmmaker Who Is Known for His Futuristic Films)
Alex Proyas
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Birthdate: September 23, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
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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
 25 
Andrew Dominik
(Film Director and Screenwriter)
Andrew Dominik
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Birthdate: October 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wellington

Andrew Dominik is an Australian film director and screenwriter. He is best known for directing the 2000 crime drama film Chopper, which earned him several awards, including AFI Award and Film Critics Circle of Australia Award. Andrew Dominik's 2012 American crime film Killing Them Softly won the Best Screenplay award at the 2012 Stockholm International Film Festival.

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Craig Gillespie
(Commercial director, Film director)
Craig Gillespie
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Birthdate: September 1, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney
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Storm Keating
(Fashion Designer, Producer, Director)
Storm Keating
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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)
James McTeigue
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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)
John Hillcoat
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Birthdate: 1960 AD
Birthplace: Queensland, Australia
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Frank Thring
(Stage actor, Film actor)
Frank Thring
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Birthdate: May 11, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Melbourne
Died: December 29, 1994
 33 
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.)
Bruce Beresford
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Birthdate: August 16, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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Phillip Noyce
(Film director, Screenwriter, Actor)
Phillip Noyce
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Birthdate: April 29, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Griffith
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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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John Polson
(Actor, Film director)
John Polson
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Birthdate: September 6, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney
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Robert Luketic
(Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter)
Robert Luketic
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Birthdate: November 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney
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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)
Paul Fenech
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Birthdate: November 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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Fred Schepisi
(Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer)
Fred Schepisi
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Birthdate: December 26, 1939
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne
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Jim Sharman
(Theatre director, Film director, Screenwriter)
Jim Sharman
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Birthdate: March 12, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sydney
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Jocelyn Moorhouse
(Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Writer)
Jocelyn Moorhouse
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Birthdate: September 4, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Melbourne
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Carol Burns
(Actress, Theatre director)
Carol Burns
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Birthdate: October 29, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia
Died: December 22, 2015
 45 
Nabil Elderkin
(Film and music video director and photographer)
Nabil Elderkin
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Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
 46 
Helmut Bakaitis
(Director, Actor and Screenwriter)
Helmut Bakaitis
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Birthdate: September 26, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Luban, Poland
 47 
Khoa Do
(Film director)
Khoa Do
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Birthdate: 1978 AD
Birthplace: Ho Chi Minh City,
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Mojean Aria
(Actor who won the 2017 Heath Ledger Scholarship award)
Mojean Aria
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Birthdate: 1993 AD
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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Yoram Gross
(Film producer, Screenwriter, Film director)
Yoram Gross
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Birthdate: October 18, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kraków
Died: September 21, 2015
 50 
Martin Sharp
(Australian Artist, Cartoonist and Film-maker Best Known for His Distinctive 1960s Music Posters)
Martin Sharp
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Birthdate: January 21, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: December 1, 2013

Apart from being a renowned artist and filmmaker, Martin Sharp was also a talented musician and songwriter. His art included posters for popular musicians such as Donovan and Bob Dylan. He often included psychedelic patterns and cartoons in his art. He also gained fame as an editor of the satire magazine Oz.