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Rachel Ward

Rachel Ward

Film/Television Director

Rachel wrote and directed two short films, BLINDMAN’S BLUFF (2000) and THE BIG HOUSE (2001) and she directed the SBS short feature film MARTHA’S NEW COAT in 2002.

MARTHA’S NEW COAT and THE BIG HOUSE both won Film Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Short Film and THE BIG HOUSE won Best Short Film at the 2001 AFI Awards. All three of her shorts were sold commercially and screened at International Festivals and competitions including Sundance and the Clermont Ferrand.

Rachel wrote and directed the feature film BEAUTIFUL KATE which stars Ben Mendelsohn, Rachel Griffiths and Bryan Brown. The film premiered at the Sydney International Film Festival screening In Competition.  It received 10 AFI Awards Nominations including Best Direction.  She co-wrote and directed PALM BEACH which premiered at Sydney Film Festival.  The film stars Greta Scacchi, Bryan Brown, Sam Neill and Jacqueline McKenzie.  Rachel is currently in post-production on a feature length documentary STANDING ON THE SOILUTION, which she wrote and is producing with WildBear Entertainment. She finds hope in the soil beneath her feet and embarks on a journey of discovery to regenerate the land on her farm, and herself.

Rachel’s television directing credits include HEART ATTACK (2005), an episode of the TWISTED TALES series starring Greta Saatchi for Channel 9, episodes of RAKE (2010), MY PLACE (2010), THE STRAITS (2011/12) and  telemovie AN ACCIDENTAL SOLDIER (2013), all for ABC TV.  Rachel was set up director on THE RETURN TO THE DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND (2013) for Foxtel and directed on THE LAST DAYS OF THE SPACE AGE (2022)  for Princess Pictures for Hulu/Star/Disney+.

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