Cate writes and directs for film and television.
She has a BA in Fine Arts from Sydney University (1991) and a Graduate Diploma in Directing from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (2000).
Cate wrote and directed short films, PENTUPHOUSE (Dendy Award, Sydney Film Festival 1999), FLOWERGIRL (Dendy Award, Sydney Film Festival 2000, Oberhausen 16mm Best Film) and JOY (Best Film, Melbourne International Film Festival 2000).
She wrote and directed her first feature SOMERSAULT which premiered at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival in Un Certain Regard. The film won many awards including: 13 Australian Film Institute Awards including Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, 6 IF Awards including Best Film, Best Direction and Best Script, Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Best Script, 5 Film Critics’ Circle Awards including Best Film & Best Director, Best Feature at the Edinburgh Film Festival, Special Jury Breakthrough Award at the Miami Film Festival and Best Screenplay at the Festival International du Film d’Amour de Mons. The film was released in over 15 countries.
Cate co-wrote and directed the feature, LORE, (in German language) based on the book THE DARK ROOM by Rachel Seiffert. The film premiered In Competition at the Sydney Film Festival in 2012 and won many awards including the Audience Award at the Locarno Film Festival, the Golden Starfish Narrative Feature Award, the Jeremy Nussbaum Prize for Provocative Fiction, Hamburg Film Critics Award at Filmfest, Pilar Miro Best New Director Award at the Seminci Valladolid Film Festival, DRAGON Audience Award at the Ljubljana International Film Festival, Best Film Award at the Hesse Filmforderung in Frankfurt, The Aurora Prize at the Tromsø International Film Festival in Norway and Best Film In Competition at the Titanic International Film Festival in Budapest.
BERLIN SYNDROME, based on the book by Melanie Joosten, premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2017, screening In Competition. The film screened at numerous film festivals including a special Panorama Presentation at Berlin International Film Festival. The film was nominated for Best Director and Best Film at AACTA Award, nominated Best Film and Best Director at FCCA Foxtel Awards, nominated Grand Jury Prize at Dallas International Film Festival and nominated for Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival.
BLACK WIDOW which Cate directed for Marvel Studios, starring Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh, is due to be released in 2021.
Cate’s television directing credits include set up director and multiple episodes of THE SECRET LIFE OF US, for Channel 10, the 2 x 1 hour miniseries THE SILENCE, for ABC TV and SMILF, ABC Signature Studios and Showtime.
Cate’s TV writing credits include adapting ROSIE from Christos Tsiolkas’ novel THE SLAP, for ABC TV ( the series was nominated for a BAFTA Award), episodes of the TV miniseries THE DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, for Foxtel (Cate’s episode won the Betty Roland Prize for Scriptwriting at the NSW Premiers Literary Awards), DEADLINE GALLIPOLI, for Foxtel and THE KETTERING INCIDENT, Foxtel/Amazon Prime/BBC. THE MONARO is an original miniseries in development with Matchbox Pictures.
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