Miranda is an award-winning writer-director. She has combined her passions for story-telling and social justice on diverse projects; from devising theatre with trafficked women, to running film workshops in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border.
Originally training as an actor, Miranda has performed in film, theatre and television. She wrote and directed her first short film in Paris in 2003, while studying at the prestigious Jacques Lecoq École Internationale de Théâtre. On return to Australia, she shifted her focus to writing and directing, especially driven to create strong complex roles for women. In 2010 she completed a Graduate Diploma in Directing at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.
Miranda has a strong interest in social justice and has been involved in many community-based initiatives over the course of her career. The stories she has been privileged to share have increasingly inspired her film work. In 2009, while running an after-school program for at-risk youth in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, Miranda made ELI THE INVINCIBLE with a group of young non-actors. Eli premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival and won the SBS Programming award at Flickerfest.
Miranda’s short film PERCEPTION was produced through Screen Australia’s highly competitive Springboard Program. PERCEPTION won the Dendy Award for Best Short Film at the 2013 Sydney Film Festival, was nominated for a 2014 AACTA Award and had its international premiere at Clermont-Ferrand in 2014.
In 2015, Miranda received a Director’s Acclaim grant from Screen Australia to work as Director’s Attachment with writer/director Cate Shortland on her feature film BERLIN SYNDROME.
Miranda’s feature screenplay ZERO CIRCLE was a semi-finalist in the 2015 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.
Miranda’s debut feature film UNDERTOW premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival 2018 to great acclaim, had its international premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival 2019, and its North American premiere at the Austin Film Festival 2019. It is due for cinema release in early 2020.
In 2019, Miranda was funded through Screen Australia’s Talent People program to work as Director’s Attachment to acclaimed director Jocelyn Moorhouse on 6 part drama series STATELESS for Matchbox/ Dirty Films/ NBCU.
She is currently developing several feature and long-form projects, including 6 part sci-fi series, ALEPH (producer Liz Watts, Porchlight Films) and psychological horror IN MY BODY with Truant Pictures, Animal Logic’s new live action feature film division.