Peter Carstairs directed his first short film GATE, starring Joel Edgerton, in the year 2000. It was a major success – screening at most major festivals in Australia and overseas and winning awards at many including Best Comedy at the Melbourne Film Festival and being nominated for an AFI Award and a Film Critics’ Award for Best Australian Short Film.
Peter was then accepted into the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) where he made two more films AFTERWARDS and LITTLE BLUE. Upon graduation from AFTRS in 2002, Peter was awarded the school’s highest honours – Best Director, Best Drama Director, and Most Outstanding Documentary.
After leaving film school Peter co-wrote and directed his critically acclaimed debut feature film, SEPTEMBER, starring Xavier Samuel and Mia Wasikowska. SEPTEMBER was also a major festival success screening in Official Selection at both the Berlin International Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. Produced by John Polson, SEPTEMBER was released theatrically in Australia by Hopscotch Films in early 2008.
Peter has recently added series television to his body of work directing the high-concept television series NOWHERE BOYS for Matchbox Pictures/NBCU. For his work on NOWHERE BOYS, Peter was nominated for a 2014 Australian Directors Guild (ADG) Award. NOWHERE BOYS also won the 2014 AACTA Award for Best Children’s Television Series as well as the 2014 Logie Award and was nominated for a 2014 International Emmy Award and a 2015 BAFTA Nomination for Best International Children’s Series.
In his personal capacity, Peter has a number of long-form projects in development including 20 YEARS OF SNOW, an Australian-Canadian co-production being produced by Tim White & Anna Vincent in Australia and Paul Barkin & Alex Lalonde in Canada.
Peter also directs TV commercials in Australia through Exit Films and in the UK through Anonymous Content.