Australian Directors' Guild   

ADG Member Spotlight - November 2021

Samuel Van Grinsven 

Samuel Van Grinsven is a writer and director whose debut feature film SEQUIN IN A BLUE ROOM won the Audience Award at the 2019 Sydney Film Festival.

It soon became a festival hit screening globally at festivals including Palm Springs International Film Festival, TIFF Next Wave, BFI Flare and MIFF. Nominations for AACTA and ADG Awards followed, as well as domestic and international theatrical releases.

He is currently in development on his second feature WENT UP THE HILL, an Australia / New Zealand co-production with Causeway Films (The Babadook) and POP Film (Savage). 

Executive Director Alaric McAusland talks to ADG member Samuel Van Grinsven about his journey across the ditch with a family of professional impersonators, finding his voice in experimental theatre in Brisbane and finding his collaborators at film school. Sam steps through the casting and production of his award winning graduate project ‘Sequin in a Blue Room’, its queer and mainstream festival strategy and picking up a global distributor.