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20TH edition NOVEMBER 24 TO DECEMBER 2, 2023

DIRECTOR

JUSTIN KURZEL

AUSTRALIA

Biography

Justin Kurzel was born in Gawler, Australia, in 1974. He made his directorial debut with the short film Blue Tongue (2004), then went on to win the AACTA Award for Best Direction and the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award in the same category for his first feature-length film, Snowtown (2011), which also won the Jury Prize at the Marrakech International Film Festival.
His second feature, a compelling adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth (2015), was selected for the Official Competition at the Festival de Cannes.
His subsequent feature films include Assassin’s Creed (2016), based on the hugely popular video-game franchise, and True History of the Kelly Gang (2019), a new take on Australia’s notorious outlaw Ned Kelly that had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Kurzel’s most recent work, Nitram (2021), had its premiere in the Official Competition at Cannes, where the Best Actor prize went to Caleb Landry Jones; the film went on to win an array of AACTA Awards, including those for Best Film, Best Direction, Best Original Screenplay, and all four best performance awards.

Director, Screenwriter

Morning (upcoming)

Nitram (2021)—Best Film, Australian
Academy of Cinema and Television Arts

True History of the Kelly Gang (2019)

Assassin’s Creed (2016)

Macbeth (2015)

The Turning (segment; 2013)

Snowtown (2011)—Best
Feature, Adelaide
Film Festival; Best Director, Australian
Academy of Cinema and Television Arts; Jury Prize,
Marrakech International
Film Festival

Blue Tongue (short; 2005)