Aussie invasion: Australian TV directors working around the world

By 2 September 2015The latest, World Stage

You’re used to hearing about Australian actors scoring leads around the globe – hey, even Michael Douglas knows it – but did you know our TV directors are nailing it overseas too?

We take a look at a few of the talented Australian TV directors working on some of the most high-profile shows of recent years, including Broadchurch, Doctor Who, Humans, Grey’s Anatomy and Suits.

Jessica Hobbs

Jessica Hobbs cut her teeth on Heartbreak High in the late 90s, before going on to work on iconic Aussie TV shows like McLeod’s Daughters, Love My Way, All Saints, The Slap and Rake. This year she made the jump to one of the U.K.’s hottest properties of the past few years: ITV’s Broadchurch, filming two episodes in the second season.

Daniel Nettheim

Daniel Nettheim, best known for directing 2011’s The Hunter with Willem Dafoe, is also a prolific TV director, having racked up credits for The Secret Life of Us, All Saints, Rush and Dance Academy. More recently Daniel’s been busy on the UK/US sci-fi show Humans and the new season of the BBC’s Doctor Who. He’s currently back in Australia filming Jack Irish with Essential Media for the ABC.

Jonathan Teplitzky

You may remember Jonathan Teplitzky’s work directing the Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth WWI drama, The Railway Man last summer, but he’s also very active in TV world. Jonathan directed two episodes of Australian show Rake last year, before going to the UK to direct episodes of ITV’s Broadchurch and Channel 4 miniseries Indian Summers, about the decline of the British Empire and the birth of modern India.

Cherie Nowlan

Cherie Nowlan is one of the busiest women in TV, racking up credits both here and in the US. Cherie made a name for herself in Australia on shows like Dance Academy, Packed to the Rafters and Crownies, before going Stateside. In the US, she’s directed shows like Gossip Girl, 90210, Grey’s Anatomy, Suits, The Mysteries of Laura, The Messengers and Satisfaction.

Kate Woods

You’ll know Kate Woods from her first feature: the Australian classic and AFI award-winning, Looking for Alibrandi. But you might not know that since then, Kate’s been prolific in the States. She’s worked on shows like Nashville, NCIS: LA, Revenge, Suits, Bones, Castle, Law and Order SVU, Private Practice and Rizzoli & Isles. Kate does occasionally work back home – this year she directed a webisode of Mychonny Moves In with John Luc, and she’s got an adaptation of On the Jelicoe Road in development, which sees her reunited with Alibrandi author Melina Marchetta.

Mat King

Mat King directed Underbelly here in 2011, before going on to direct an episode of Doctor Who for the BBC in 2013 and Law & Order: UK for ITV. Back home, he’s currently shooting season 4 of Nine’s House Husbands with Playmaker and upcoming SyFy series Hunter with Matchbox Pictures.