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Directing Actors: Di Drew

AFTRS-Australian Film Television and Radio School (AH Account)

About the Course

This four-day masterclass with one of Australia's most experienced directors and teachers, Di Drew, will offer directors with some experience the opportunity to extend their skills, especially in the area of working with actors and performance for camera. Working in a small class environment, Di will share her extensive knowledge and experience through discussion, screening and workshops in studio with professional actors.This will be a popular course with limited numbers, so enrol soon so you don't miss out.


This course would best suit practitioners with some filmmaking knowledge, as there will be an assumed level of knowledge.


Di Drew is one of Australia’s most respected film and television drama directors and is the recipient of the Australian Director’s Guild (ADG) prestigious annual award ‘in recognition of consistent excellence in the art of screen direction in feature film and television direction’.

Di has directed hundreds of hours Australian drama working with an impressive range of our most prominent actors including Jack Thompson, Miranda Otto, Temuera Morrison, Sigrid Thornton, Richard Roxburgh and Hugo Weaving. Her body of screen work includes feature films, telemovies , mini-series, series, short films and childrens’ series. She has garnered international recognition from some of the most prominent film festivals, including Berlin, Chicago, Kinderfest in Japan (Grand Jury Prize), Monterey, Turin and Sydney (winner of Greater Union short film award) and an array of awards in Australia including a Penguin Award for Best Director for the landmark ABC series 1915.

As a Producer, Di brought the Seven Network’s Australian drama series All Saints to the number one position as Australia’s Most Popular Drama and Most Popular Program winning a raft of Gold and Silver Logies over many years.

Di is a directing graduate of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and later returned as Head of Directing. She has contributed her teaching expertise to the University of Technology Sydney, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Griffith University, Women in Film and Television (WIFT) National Performers Conference, Wide Angle Tasmania and a recent collaboration with New York University Tisch School of Arts and NIDA.

She just completed seven years at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) as the inaugural Head of Screen. This program was an intensive integrated training of screen performance for the graduate (BFA) actors at NIDA. Di holds a reputation as an exemplary teacher and director of actors and continues as an active member of the arts and cultural community as a producer, director, mentor and board member across a broad cross section of the arts community. 


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