Born in Adelaide, Australia 1972, Emma-Kate Croghan received an alternative education, which fuelled her interest in the arts at a young age. At eighteen she was accepted into the BA course at the VCA Film and Television School in Melbourne. While at VCA, Croghan made two highly successful short films, SEXY GIRLS, SEXY APPLIANCES and DESIRE. Both were warmly received on the Australian and international festival circuits. They went on to enjoy theatrical release locally and abroad.
Just after leaving film school, Croghan co-wrote and co-directed COME AS YOU ARE, a documentary funded by the Australian Film Commission.
At twenty-three, Croghan made her feature film début as the director of LOVE AND OTHER CATASTROPHES starring Frances O’Connor and Radha Mitchell, which was nominated for five 1996 Australian Film Institute Awards: Best Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Performance by an actress in a leading role, Best Performance by an actress in a supporting role, Best Achievement in Editing.
The 1996 Film Critics’ Circle of Australia also nominated Croghan for Best Original Screenplay for LOVE AND OTHER CATASTROPHES. The film was shown at numerous international film festivals, including Venice and Sundance and was released in the US by Fox Searchlight.
In 2000, Croghan directed and co-wrote her second feature film, STRANGE PLANET starring Hugo Weaving and Naomi Watts, which was nominated for a Bronze Horse at the Stockholm Film Festival.
Emma Kate is currently in development on 5 feature films, SWIMMING with producer Amy Israel; THE LIFE with producer Anastasia Sideris and starring Radha Mitchell; BE NICE with producer Manuel Puro; INTO MY ARMS with Beyond Films and producer Martin Fabyini and THE HOUSEHOLD GUIDE TO DYING as writer/director with producers Catriona Hughes and Leesa Kahn.