The top film and TV directors of 2012

Wayne Blair

In this roundup from the Encore and Mumbrella Annual, we take a look at the top film and television directors in 2012.

1. Wayne Blair

Wayne Blair’s feature directing debut The Sapphires premiered at Cannes this year before being snapped up by US production guru Harvey Weinstein. It went on to become the highest grossing Australian film of 2012. Blair also flexed his directing muscle on indigenous series Redfern Now. In 2013 he’ll work on the show’s second series as well as The Gods of Wheat Street, another indigenous drama for the ABC.

2. Glendyn Ivin

From Southern Star’s stable, Glendyn Ivin’s claustrophobic telemovie Beaconsfield rated 1.6m for Nine while his direction of Ten’s Puberty Blues was well received. The series has been picked up for a second season.

3. Peter Ots

Nine’s hugely successful The Voice, which wiped the shiny floor with competitor Australia’s Got Talent this year, has turned around the fortunes of Peter Ots who was best known in 2011 for directing the catastrophic Ben Elton Live from Planet Earth.

4. Amiel Courtin-Wilson

Despite having one of the smallest Australian releases, Amiel Courtin-Wilson’s film Hail was a critical success. After premiering in Venice in 2011, the film won the Melbourne Film Festival critic’s choice award.

5. Daina Reid

Also from Southern Star’s stable of directors, Diana Reid hit ratings gold with two-part series Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War. Reid is currently working on ABC’s Paper Giants: Magazine Wars, the sequel to The Birth of Cleo.

Kieran Darcy-Smith

Actor-turned-director Kieran Darcy-Smith delivered tense thriller Wish You Were Here in 2012.

6. Kieran Darcy-Smith

Actor-turned-director Kieran Darcy-Smith delivered tense thriller Wish You Were Here in 2012.

7. Genevieve Bailey

The director of I Am Eleven saw her documentary about 11 11-year-olds from 15 countries become a sneaking hit with Australia’s doco lovers taking more than $322,000 at the box office.

 

 

 

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  1. Box Head office
    14 Jan 13
    8:40 pm

  2. This is a list of Australian Film and TV directors and Im assuming in order of dissension, film and tv directors of content that yielded some decent figures? Feel mislead by the article title. And feel stupid for then having read it. I guess its a successful piece then!!