Mairi Cameron will shadow direct an episode of Hoodlum Entertainment’s Harrow with Geoff Bennett as part of the Australian Directors’ Guild’s (ADG) ongoing shadow directing program for female directors.
The initiative was created by the ADG with funding from Screen Australia’s Gender Matters: Brilliant Careers initiative. Other directors to have completed the program are Lucy Gaffy, Lisa Matthews, Darlene Johnson, Jane Eakin and Rebecca O’Brien.
Cameron’s feature debut The Second was released last year in theatres and on streaming service Stan, was nominated for the AACTA Award for Best Indie Film and Best Feature Film at the Screen Producers Australia Awards. Her 1999 short Milk was also selected for Cannes, and was pre-selected for an Academy Award.
The second season of ABC’s Harrow, which is co-produced with Disney’s ABC Studio’s International and stars Ioan Gruffudd, is shooting at the moment around Brisbane. Disney Media Distribution will license international rights. Harrow is supported by Screen Queensland. The first series is currently screening on Hulu in the US and UKTV in the UK.
“I’m grateful to both the ADG and Hoodlum for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity to try my hand at television directing, especially on such a brilliantly entertaining show as Harrow, which is not only produced in my home town of Brisbane, but really features the city as a character in its own right. Most of all though, I’m excited to be working with the formidable and inspiring Geoff Bennett as my mentor” said Cameron.
ADG CEO Kingston Anderson said: “We are delighted that we will have one of our talented new directors working on this long-running drama. The ADG thanks Hoodlum for their ongoing support of new directors and for giving Mairi this unique opportunity.”
Hoodlum’s Nathan Mayfield and Tracey Robertson said: “Mairi is an outstanding Queensland talent and we are delighted to support this next step in her career and welcome her aboard the Harrow team.”