Kate Woods

Kate’s extensive directing career spans almost 30 years, and includes a number of mini series, telemovies, pilots, series television and a multi award-winning feature film.

She began her career at the acclaimed Australian Broadcasting Corporation. For her work on the series Phoenix,she was nominated twice for Best Director in Television Drama at the Australian Film Institute Awards and won Best Episode in a Series. Her episodes in Phoenix and its sequel Janus were nominated an additional three times for Best Episode in a Series. Other series include Corelli for which she did the pilot, and one of her episodes received a BANFF International Award for Best Episode in a Television Series, Police Rescue, Mercury Raw FM, Wildside, Heartland, Jim Hensen’s Sci-Fi series Farscape, MDA and telemovies Blackjack and The Feds.

Kate’s direction of the miniseries Simone de Beauvoir’s Babies was nominated for a BANFF award for Best International Television Award and five AFI Awards including Best Mini Series and was awarded Best Actor and Actress. Her other mini-series for the ABC are The Farm, which received an AFI nomination for Best Actress and Changi, a six hour mini series which was nominated for three AFI Awards including Best Mini series and a world silver medal for Best Mini Series from The New York Festivals and the first place Gold Camera Award from the US International Film and Video Festival.

Kate has worked with many acclaimed actors such as Geoffrey Rush, Anthony LaPaglia and Hugh Laurie and includes the great privilege of introducing Cate Blanchett and Hugh Jackman to the screen.

Her vast experience in Television Drama culminated in being honored by the Australian Director’s Guild in 2008 with the Michael Carson Award for Excellence In Television Drama Direction, the second ever recipient of a lifetime achievement award for television directing in Australia.

Kate’s first feature, Looking For Alibrandi was nominated for eight AFI Awards, including Best Director and winning five of those including Best film, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress and Best Editing. That year it was also nominated for seven Film Critics Circle of Australia awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Editing. It went on to tour extensively in festivals. In 2010 it was declared an Australian Classic Film.

She is the only director to have appeared on both Australia top Film Directors and top Television Directors’ lists.

Kate has worked almost exclusively in the US since 2006 on prestigious network dramas such as NashvilleNCIS: LAHouse M.DBonesCastleLaw and Order SVU and Private Practice. Her cable dramas include Covert AffairsSuits and Rizzoli and Isles. In 2012 she directed the pilot for the NBC series, Camp.

Most recently she has completed a webisode comedy series Mychonny Moves In based on the characters created by U-tube comedian John Luc, whose has a million subscribers across 5 channels.

Kate has several feature films in development, including On the Jellicoe Road, based on the book by Melina Marchetta, which won the International Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature.

TV and Film Acting Course tutors Screenwise Kate Woods

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