Jocelyn Moorhouse and producer Sue Maslin.

Jocelyn Moorhouse has joined this year’s Vivid Ideas program, appearing in an ‘In Conversation’ event presented by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA).

The event will be held June 16 at Event Cinemas on George Street.

Moorhouse’s most recent film, The Dressmaker, received five AACTA Awards, including the AACTA People's Choice Award for Favourite Australian Film, and quickly became one of the most successful films of all time at the Australian box office.

Moorhouse also directed Proof, starring Hugo Weaving and Russell Crowe, and produced Muriel's Wedding, which made stars of Toni Collette and Rachel Griffiths.

Internationally, Moorhouse directed Anne Bancroft and Winona Ryder in How to Make an American Quilt, and Michelle Pfeiffer, Colin Firth, Keith Carradine, Jason Robards, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jessica Lange in A Thousand Acres.

Topics to be discussed during Directing The Dressmaker: In Conversation with Jocelyn Moorhouse include: Is modern filmmaking business or art?; from page to script to screen – adapting books for film; the importance of social media in promoting Australian films; and how to secure and work with an all-star cast.

“Jocelyn Moorhouse first caught the attention of the Australian Film Institute 25 years ago with her breakthrough film Proof earning her two AFI Awards and garnering industry attention at home and abroad", AFI-AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella said.

“In addition to her considerable filmmaking talents, which effortlessly cross crafts, Moorhouse is credited with spotting and nurturing the talent of some of our best practitioners and performers, in turn launching their international careers." 

"Her latest film, The Dressmaker, took the Australian Academy as well as audiences by storm last year, and we’re delighted to provide an exposé into the fascinating world of filmmaking with Jocelyn as part of Vivid Ideas during this year’s Vivid Sydney festival, bringing the creativity of directing to diverse audiences wishing to expand their imagination and knowledge by attending this great event in Sydney,” Trewhella said.

Moorhouse said, “Vivid is an important and exciting annual event in Sydney, and I am thrilled to be able to participate this year with thanks to AACTA. I hope that, by sharing some of my experiences in making The Dressmaker, I might inspire others to pursue their creative dreams”.

Tickets are available here.

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