• 2014 ADG Awards Venue – Powerhouse Museum Sydney

    This year's event will take place on Friday 2nd May at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney with the Awards ceremony taking place in the large 300-seat theatre followed by the annual Awards dinner which will occur in the Turbine Hall. The Powerhouse Museum has existed in various guises for over 125 years, and is home to a number of unique exhibits including the oldest operational rotative steam engine in the world.

    Please find more info on the Powerhouse Museum and for those attending the Awards here.

    Tickets are available directly through the ADG office or online at Moshtix

    This year we will have an exclusive early bird ticket price which will be available until early April. Tickets for the dinner are limited so get in early for a great night.

  • Hotels close to the Powerhouse Museum

    10% discount, limited availability
    1888 Hotel

    139 Murray Street, Pyrmont NSW 2009
    Phone:(02) 8586 1888

    1888 Hotel Sydney is a boutique accommodation, eatery and bar by 8Hotels. 1888 is located in Pyrmont, just minutes from the heart of Darling Harbour.
    To access the special discount book direct by emailing Sonia at

    Aspire Hotel
    383 - 389 Bulwara Rd, Sydney NSW 2000
    Phone:(02) 9211 1499

    Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments
    243 Pyrmont St, Darling Harbour NSW 2009
    Phone:1300 667 078

    Novotel Sydney Darling Harbour
    100 Murray St, Pyrmont NSW 2009
    Phone:(02) 9934 0000

  • Claire Hooper to host the annual Australian Directors Guild Awards on May 2

    Friday 2 May 2014, 5:00pm

    In what promises to be a night of both celebration and hilarity, comedian and television personality Claire Hooper will host the annual Australian Directors Guild (ADG) Awards on Friday May 2 at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.

    Claire will host the ADG Awards ceremony at the Powerhouse’s Cole Theatre with a sit down dinner to follow in the Museum’s atmospheric Turbine Hall.

    More than 300 guests are expected to attend the Awards, including many of Australia’s best directors of film, television and commercials.

    Nominees in the 16 Award categories are to be announced in mid April with judging by panels of industry peers currently underway.

    Tickets are now on sale for the Awards. Earlybird tickets are available until April 11. Earlybird tickets for Awards Ceremony and Dinner are $120 for ADG Members and $135 for non-ADG Members. After April 11, tickets for Awards Ceremony and Dinner are $135 for ADG Members and $155 for non-ADG Members. Ceremony-only tickets are available or $35.

    Tickets are available at:

    Media enquiries:
    Tracey Mair, TM Publicity
    Ph: 02 8333 9066 or 0419 221 493

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  • 2014 ADG AWARDS

    Friday 2 May 2014, 5.00pm

    "With the new location for the Awards at the Powerhouse Museum we will have a unique experience for those attending the Awards ceremony and the dinner. 2013 saw the greatest attendance at the Awards since they were established in 2007. This has set the standard and we hope to increase on these numbers again in 2014", said ADG Executive Director Kingston Anderson. "The Powerhouse Museum's Coles Theatre gives us increased capacity for the presentation ceremony, but the dinner will be limited to 210, so people need to get their tickets now. This year you have the opportunity to get discounted tickets if you snap up our early bird offer. No doubt the tickets will go fast."

    For the first time we have an EARLYBIRD RATE.
    Available until 11 April, so book early as seating is limited (applies to tickets for the ceremony and Dinner only).

    ADG members  Earlybird $120  After 11 April $135
    Guilds/Concessions  Earlybird $135  After 11 April $150
    Non-members  Earlybird $155  After 11 April $170
    Awards Ceremony only  $35

    Tickets can be purchased at Moshtix.

  • Perth to host world class digital media event
    X Media Lab “Video+Social”

    This Friday 28 March 2014

    Perth creatives, entrepreneurs and business leaders keen to add a dynamic digital edge to their online presence will get a serious helping hand from six international experts this month.

    X Media Lab, one of the world’s most acclaimed and dynamic digital media events, will throw open the minds of a handful of video and social experts from across the US, Australia and India, for a not to be missed Video+Social seminar at Studio Underground at the State Theatre Centre of WA on Friday 28th March.

    Set to be the hottest ticket on this year’s digital and business calendar, X Media Lab “Video+Social” is a day of hands-on masterclasses that will teach delegates exactly what they need to know right now to help their brands succeed.

    Brendan Harkin, Directorof X Media Lab said, “Regardless of industry and irrespective of industry sector and job title, “Video+Social” has something for everyone. It will add value, create clarity and encourage innovation in fields such as media, apps, games and interactive design with relevance for branding agents, marketers and webmasters working on advertising, PR and social media strategies.”

    X Media Lab is known for organising value-add events that cover everything from concept development and business matching to distribution and collaboration with world-class professionals. Video+Social is its newest initiative, tailored specifically for Australia’s creative and cultural industries professionals and entrepreneurs. Those attending Video+Social will learn from six handpicked international experts and get the inside track on how to thrive in a world soon to be dominated by video. As well as picking up strategic insights, hints and tips, ticket holders will come away with the very latest news and views currently shaping the digital media and screen industries.

    Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidisaid, “We are very excited to welcome X Media Lab “Video+Social” to Perth. We recognise just how important social, video, mobile and online media are to local businesses. Every business needs these skills to succeed so the Video+Social event is very timely and a wonderful opportunity for Perth businesses to make great strides forwards in this area.”

    Ian Booth, CEO of ScreenWest said, “Whether you are a producer, an editor, a broadcaster or a writer, there is sure to be something for you at X Media Lab “Video+Social” this March. It is a rare opportunity to learn what you need to know from some of the most experienced names in the field.”

    The list of international mentors attending the digital media event, includes James Cameron’s Executive Advisor, Corey Bridges. Bridges also had a hand in launching Netflix and was the CMO and Executive Producer of video game company The Multiverse Network. Damon Berger will also be attending, bringing with him all the knowledge and experience that comes with being a Director of Digital Marketing for 20th Century Fox (working on movies like Avatar and the A-Team). Four other industry experts will join these two prominent figures to offer masterclasses and seminars throughout the day.

    The event has secured an impressive roll call of partners including Western Australia’s screen funding and development agency, ScreenWest, the Perth Theatre Trust and the Central Institute of Technology. The Departure of Culture and Arts (DCA) is also deeply involved with Video+Social, as is the City of Perth local government. All partners play a key role in supporting Western Australia's creative and cultural industries, start-ups, entrepreneurs and businesses.

    For more information and to reserve tickets, visit the X Media Lab website:

    About X Media Lab: X Media Lab is the internationally acclaimed creative industries event. X Media Lab creates a meeting place uniquely designed to assist companies and people in getting their own creative ideas successfully to market, through concept development, business matching, and direct access to world-class networks of creative professionals.

    Please find PDF with more info here!

  • Q & A Night with Hollywood Australian Director Michael Rymer

    Adelaide - Thursday 12 December, 8.00pm
    Sydney - Wednesday 18 December, 8.00pm
    Melbourne - Friday 20 December, 8.00pm

    Mystique Productions and the Australian Directors Guild are bringing you a Q & A Night with Hollywood Australian Director Michael Rymer. Director of Battlestar Galactica, Hannibal, American Horror Story and more.

      - Thursday 12 December, 8.00pm
      - South Australian Film Corporation
      - Wednesday 18 December, 8.00pm
      - Palace Chauvel Cinema in Paddington
      - Friday 20 December, 8.00pm
       - George Revival Cinema in St Kilda
    Cost: $35 Admission, $30 ADG members
    Bookings: at Trybooking search 'Michael Rymer'
    or the ADG on 1300 539 639 or

  • AWG/ADG ScreenPlay Reading - Out of Nowhere

    Wednesday 27 November, 7:00pm to 9.00pm

    Screenplay by Matthew Barker, directed by Corrie Chen

    Ed and Kelvin meet at rehab following separate accidents; Ed from a car accident after he found his boyfriend cheating on him, and Kelvin from a footy injury. At first, Ed has no idea that Kelvin is a Brownlow Medal winner. And while Ed is openly gay, Kelvin’s profile as one of the ALFs’ top players means their relationship must be kept behind closed doors, no matter the torment it causes both of them.

    Winner of the Australian Writers’ Guild, 'What's Love Got To Do With It?' Screenwriting Competition, the AWG and ADG are proud to present Out of Nowhere. From the screenplay written by Matthew Barker, the reading directed by Corrie Chen will be presented as a rehearsed reading, followed by feedback and consultation with the audience.

    When: Wednesday 27 November, 7:00pm to 9.00pm
    Where: Auspicious Incubator, 228 Bank Street, South Melbourne
    Cost: $5 AWG/ADG members, $10 guests
    Bookings: via the AWG website (ADG members please call AWG National office to receive member price)

    This is the second in the series of ScreenPlay readings, a new initiative by the Australian Writers' Guild and the Australian Directors' Guild. Readings of AWG writers' work will be directed by ADG members. The aim is to develop scripts and skills, and to build networks between our memberships.

  • From scene to screen: the Drama of filmmaking

    Sun 25 Aug - Sun 22 Sep 2013, 10.30am - 4:30pm

    This short hands-on course in screen direction runs over 4 Sundays late August thru September.

    The course kicks off with an inspired session from feature/TVC director Stephen Lance, then the following week ACS winner DOP Aron Leong looks at camera coverage. In the last two sessions participant’s one to two-page scenes will be read by professional actors and camera coverage deconstructed under the guidance of feature/TV director Evan Clarry. These sessions also include a segment on script breakdown, looking at beats and units of action with award winning actor Sally McKenzie.

    Sunday 25th August
    Sunday 8th September
    Sunday 15th September
    Sunday 22nd September
    Sundays 10.30am to 4.30pm

    Participants: ADG Members $300 (plus GST)
    Non Members $350 (plus GST)
    Student Participants: QUT Students $150 (plus GST)
    Other Students $175 (plus GST)
    Observers: $200 (plus GST)

    Download event PDF

  • 9246 - Talking Pictures - Resistance = Futile? The Activist Film in Australia

    Wed 31 July 2013, 5.30pm

    What is the state of Australia’s activist filmmaking? Join filmmakers David Bradbury (On Borrowed Time, A Hard Rain), Jeff Daniels (The 10 Conditions of Love, MIFF 2009), Alex Kelly (Nothing Rhymes with Ngapartji, Queen of the Desert) and Kitty Green (Ukraine is not a Brothel), who made headlines after her arrest in Belarus, as they speak with documentary filmmaker John Hughes to find out about the future of local film as protest, and the difference between – to apply some Godard – "making political films, and making films politically".

    Date: Wednesday 31st July
    Time: 5:30pm
    Code: 9246
    Venue: The Wheeler Centre

    For more information please visit

  • Meet the Filmmaker: Kriv Stenders

    Thu 20 June 2013, 5.30pm - 7.00pm

    Kriv is best known for his highly successful Red Dog. Kriv was also the recipient of the ADG Finders Award in 2008 for his feature film Boxing Day.

    Chaired by West Australian Director, Melanie Rodriga.
    Join us for a Q&A with Kriv Stenders.

    A working director for many years. Recently he has focused on making feature films, working independently before the international and commercial success of Red Dog.

    How does an independent director make, or manage, the leap to commercial success?
    What is the director’s role in keeping a feature film on track, and on vision?

    What is the process when defining the style of the film?

    Why Western Australia? Does the outback tale, like Red Dog have a worldwide audience? Why, and how?

    Is a director an artist? Or a business-leader?... the screen industry is different to any other—How do we define ourselves? and how can we be most effective in our work as creative practitioners?

    The Australian Directors Guild (ADG) and Screen Australia have launched the Director’s Attachment Scheme, a new industry incentive for emerging feature film directors to develop their craft. Funded by Screen Australia and managed by the ADG, the scheme will provide three director’s attachments annually, beginning with director Kriv Stenders’ new film Kill Me Three Times to be filmed in Western Australia.

    This event is proudly supported by ScreenWest and Lotterywest.

    Thursday 20 June 2013, 6:30 - 8.00pm
    Northbridge Piazza Community Room
    upstairs, entrance behind the Northbridge Piazza Screen,
    cnr Lake and James Sts, Northbridge, 6003 WA

    Please email include ‘YOUR SURNAME – Kriv Stenders’ in the subject header of the email. Please RSVP by Tuesday, 18 June 2013

  • Director in Conversation

    Wed 12 June 2013, 6.30pm - 8.00pm

    An in-depth conversation between a special guest Official Competition filmmaker and Australian writer/director Cate Shortland (Lore, Somersault).

    Cate Shortland released her debut feature film Somersault in 2004 to great acclaim. The film was selected for Un Certain Regard at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. Her highly acclaimed second feature Lore had its Australian premiere at the 2012 Sydney Film Festival. The film was selected as Australia's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards®.

    A co-presentation with the Australian Directors Guild

    Wednesday 12 June, 6:30 - 8.00pm
    Theatrette, Sydney Film Festival Hub @ Lower Town Hall
    483 George Street (enter on Druitt Street)

    NOTE: The previously scheduled guest speaker for this event, Čalin Peter Netzer, is unable to attend the festival. We apologise for any inconvenience.

  • 2013 Music Industry Sundowner Series

    Mon 10 June 2013, 6.00pm - 7.30pm

    WAM and APRA|AMCOS in association with the Australian Directors Guild of WA announce the third instalment of the 2013 Music Industry Sundowner Series, taking place on Monday 10 June at the Rosemount Hotel from 6pm to 7.30pm.

    This session will focus on the visual element of music consumption and how crucial music video has become to any promotional campaign, its application to digital marketing, the production costs involved and the access to funding.

    Moderated by Justine Smith (ADG WA), we have invited the crème de la crème of local directors with Ben Young (videos for Drapht, Voltaire Twins, Emperors), Andrew Nowrojee (videos for San Cisco, Felicity Groom, Mama Kin) and Steven Aaron Hughes (Blue Forest Media, Usurper of Modern Medicine).

    Moderator: Justine Smith (ADGWA)
    Presenters: Ben Young, Andrew Nowrojee, Steven Aaron Hughes
    Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm, with networking time after the session
    Venue: The Rosemount Hotel, 459 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth
    Cost: Free for WAM members who RSVP before midnight Sunday 9 June via or (08) 9227 7962
    $10 general admission for non-members or unregistered members at door.
    APRA members will need to contact their relevant organisation to register.

  • Finding your perfect match: Relationship between the director and cinematographer

    Mon 27 May 2013, 6.30pm

    The relationship between the Director and the Cinematographer has often been likened to a creative 'marriage'. Like any successful relationship it takes commitment, respect, trust and understanding. This forum will explore some of the traits essential for successful creative collaborations, as well as techniques to get the best out of each other. Featuring collaborators Natasha Pincus and Warwick Field. Moderated by Victoria Goodyear.

    Presented by Australian Directors Guild and Australian Cinematographers Society

  • Wed(ited) Bliss

    Sat 18 May 2013

    Under the covers of the Director/Editor relationship

    Director Martin Scorsese and Editor Thelma Schoonmaker
    Director Steven Spielberg and Editor Michael Kahn
    Director Clint Eastwood and Editor Joel Cox
    Director Francis Ford Coppola and Editor Walter Murch

    These Director/Editor couples have been together for more than thirty years and have produced some of the most memorable films in cinema history. What is it that makes a Director/Editor relationship so enduring? What is the glue that binds them, who really holds the sharpened scissors and what does go on in the dim light of the edit suite?

    Join us in a forum discussion lead by Director James Bogle (In The Winter Dark, Closed For Winter), Director Franco di Chiera (Big Mamma's Boy), Editor Meredith Watson Jeffrey (Blame, The Shark Net), Editor Lawrie Silvestrin ASE (Serangoon Road)

    Saturday 18th May 2013
    4pm to 6pm
    AWG Offices
    266 William Street
    Northbridge WA

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  • In conversation with Garth Davis

    15 May 2013

    In 2012 Garth Davis co-directed the chilling six hour mini series TOP OF THE LAKE with Jane Campion, which has received overwhelmingly positive reviews.

    Garth’s drama experience also includes the highly acclaimed series LOVE MY WAY, and his short film ALICE received the Dendy Award. Garth's commercials are some of the most memorable and acknowledged. His experience encompasses many international and local productions and his work has been recognised around the world.

    Join us to discover Garth Davis’s journey from directing highly successful commercials into toprating drama.

    Wednesday 15 May 2013
    7.00pm - 9.00pm

    Cinema 2,
    Victorian College of the Arts
    234 St Kilda Road, Southbank
    Entrance via Grant St (Tram stop 17)

    ADG Members FREE
    Non-members $10
    Current VCA Students FREE, All Other Students $5

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  • Actor phobia: The 5 day cure

    April 2013

    A five day introduction to directing actors in film and television with Stephen Wallace

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  • Workshop with Tom Zubrycki

    20 April 2013

    Directing & producing workshop.

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