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Famous Film Directors from Australia

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List of famous film directors from Australia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Australia has given birth to some great movie directors over the years, many of who have gone on to direct popular comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best Australian directors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Australia and an aspiring director then these are people you should look up to.

List ranges from Michael Spiccia to Peter Dodd and more.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Australian directors?" and "Which directors are from Australia?"

You can click on the names of these legendary directors of Australia in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Australian directors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.
  • BirthplaceSubiaco, Australia


    Films DirectedExtinction, Ronan's Escape, Peter Brock: 25 Years of HDT Special Vehicles

    A. J. Carter is an Australian film director, screenwriter and producer. In his recent emerging...  more
  • A.R. Harwood

    Dec. at 83 (1897-1980)

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia


    Films DirectedIsle of Intrigue, The Avenger, Show Business, The Man Who Forgot, Secret of the Skies

    Alexander Roy Harwood, better known as A. R. Harwood, or Dick Harwood, was an Australian film...  more
  • Aaron Fa'aoso (born circa 1976), an Indigenous Australian of Torres Strait Islander, Samoan...  more
  • Aaron J. March

    Age: 41

    BirthplaceDVD Region 4, Oceania, South Australia, Australasia, Adelaide


    Films DirectedThe Experimental Witch, Heron's Story

    Aaron J. March is an actor, a film producer, a film director and a screenwriter....
  • Aaron Wilson

    Age: 43



    Films DirectedWind

    Aaron Wilson is a film director, producer and screenwriter....
  • Abe Forsythe

    BirthplaceSydney, Australia


    Films DirectedNed, Computer Boy

    Abraham Forsythe (born 26 July 1981) is an Australian film and television actor, director,...  more
  • Adam Bayliss

    Age: 40

    BirthplaceWollongong, Australia


    Adam Bayliss (born 17 September 1979 in Wollongong, Australia) is an Australian producer of...  more
  • Adam Elliot

    BirthplaceBerwick, Australia


    Films DirectedCousin, Cinema16: World Short Films, Uncle, Mary and Max, Harvie Krumpet

    Adam Elliot (born 2 January 1972) is an independent Australian stop-motion animation writer,...  more
  • Adam Howard

    BirthplaceVictoria, DVD Region 4, Oceania, Australasia, Melbourne


    Adam Howard is a film director, cinematographer and editor....  more
  • Aden Young

    Aden Young

    Age: 47

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    NationalityCanada, Australia

    Aden Young (born November 30, 1971) is a Canadian-Australian actor. He is best known for his...  more
  • Adrian Carr

    Age: 67

    BirthplaceVictoria, DVD Region 4, Oceania, Australasia, Melbourne


    Films DirectedMind Games, Blood Makes Noise, Now and Forever

    Adrian Carr is a tv and film director....
  • Andy Anderson

    BirthplaceNaenae, New Zealand

    NationalityNew Zealand

    Neville Anderson (born 18 July 1947) known professionally as Andy Anderson and also billed as...  more
  • Albie Thoms

    Dec. at 71 (1941-2012)

    BirthplaceSydney, Australia


    Films DirectedPalm Beach

    Albie Thoms is a film director and film producer....  more
  • Alby Mangels

    Age: 71

    BirthplaceNetherlands, Kingdom of the Netherlands


    Films DirectedWorld Safari

    Albertus Zwier "Alby" Mangels (born 16 November 1948) is an Australian adventurer and...  more
  • Alex Kelly

    Age: 40

    BirthplaceNew South Wales, Albury, Australasia, Australia


    Films DirectedQueen of the Desert

    Alex Kelly is a female freelance artist, film maker and producer based in Alice Springs,...  more
  • Alex Proyas

    BirthplaceCairo, Egypt


    Films DirectedBook Of Dreams: "Welcome To Crateland", I, Robot, Gods of Egypt, Paradise Lost

    Alexander Proyas (; born 23 September 1963) is an Australian film director, screenwriter, and...  more
  • Alexandra Billington
    Alexandra Billington is a film director, writer, producer and actress....  more
  • Alexandra Schepisi is an actress, screenwriter and film director....  more
  • Alfred J. Goulding

    Dec. at 76 (1896-1972)

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

    NationalityUnited States of America, Australia

    Films DirectedDon't, Swing Your Partners, Hey There!, All Aboard, Off the Trolley

    Alfred John "Alf" Goulding (January 26, 1885 – April 25, 1972) was an Australian-born...  more
  • Alfred Rolfe

    Dec. at 81 (1862-1943)

    BirthplaceVictoria, DVD Region 4, Oceania, Australasia, Melbourne


    Films DirectedMates of the Murrumbidgee, The Sunny South or The Whirlwind of Fate, How We Beat the Emden, King of the Coiners, The Love Tyrant

    Alfred Rolfe, real name Alfred Roker, was an Australian film director and actor, best known...  more
  • Alison Ellwood



    Films DirectedHistory of the Eagles Part One, No Limits, Magic Trip

    Alison Ellwood is a film and television director; film and television producer; and a film and...  more
  • Alison Thompson is a film director and producer....  more
  • Alister Grierson

    BirthplaceCanberra, Australia


    Films DirectedKokoda, Mary Mother of Christ, Sanctum

    Alister Grierson (born 1969) is an Australian film director and scriptwriter. Born in...  more
  • Alkinos Tsilimidos
    Alkinos Tsilimidos (born 1966) is an Australian film and theatre director. He has won the...  more
  • Alyson Standen

    Alyson Standen is a film director, actress and screenwriter....