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Melinda Doring

Melinda Doring

Film/Television Designer

Melinda Doring is an award-winning production designer, who has had a prolific career designing a number of highly regarded Australian feature films and television series since graduating with an MA in Film & TV Design from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in 1998.

Melinda’s recently completed work on APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, a Netflix 6-part limited series created by showrunner Sam Strauss, directed by Jeffrey Walker and produced by See Saw Films.

Melinda won the 2024 AACTA AWARD for Production Design for Television for her work on the 7-part limited series THE LOST FLOWERS OF ALICE HART, adapted from Holly Ringland’s book of the same name and directed by Glendyn Ivin for Made Up Stories and Amazon.

Her other recent television credits include THE NEWSREADER, directed by Emma Freeman and produced by Werner Film Productions, winning 2021 AACTA Award for Production Design, and STATELESS, directed by Emma Freeman and Jocelyn Thomas, produced by Dirty Films and Matchbox Productions for ABC, for which Melinda won the 2020 AACTA Award for Best Production Design in Television and the 2021 APDG Awards for Best Production Design in Television.

Earlier television credits include the mini-series WAKE IN FRIGHT, directed by Kriv Stenders, UNDERGROUND: THE JULIAN ASSANGE STORY; TV movie directed by Robert Connelly and produced by Matchbox Pictures, and the award-winning mini-series THE SLAP, based on the  Christos Tsiolkas novel which gave Melinda the opportunity to work with directors; Robert Connolly, Tony Ayres, Jessica Hobbs and Matt Saville.

Melinda’s feature film credits include PALM BEACH, directed by Rachel Ward, and STORM BOY, a remake of the 1976 Australian classic, directed by Shawn Seet. In 2015 Melinda designed BERLIN SYNDROME (for which she received a nomination for Best Production Design AACTA Awards 2017), directed by longtime collaborator Cate Shortland, and STRANGERLAND, directed by Kim Farrant.

Melinda designed Wayne Blair’s award-winning film, THE SAPPHIRES, which received a standing ovation at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and for which Melinda was awarded 2013 AACTA for Best Production Design. Her other film credits include TRACKS, directed by John Curran, ORANGES AND SUNSHINE, directed by Jim Loach, THE BOYS ARE BACK, directed by Scott Hicks, the UK/Australian psychological horror film TRIANGLE, a feature documentary UNFOLDING FLORENCE, directed by Gillian Armstrong, JEWBOY directed by Tony Krawitz,  THE EYE OF THE STORM, directed by Fred Schepisi, (for which Melinda won the inaugural 2012 AACTA award) and THE HOME SONG STORIES, directed by longtime collaborator Tony Ayres, for which she won both an AFI award and an IF award for Best Production Design in 2007. In 2003 Melinda designed Cate Shortland’s critically acclaimed film SOMERSAULT, for which Melinda won an AFI in 2004 for Best Production Design, in addition to the film being selected for Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2004.

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