The Australian Directors' Guild (ADG) in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) is proud to invite you to The Director's Chair - a rare masterclass session with a filmmaker whose films have broken the glass ceiling and pushed boundaries: Haifaa Al Mansour, Saudi Arabia's first female director. The session will be moderated by ADG President, Samantha Lang.
Haifaa Al Mansour came to global attention in 2012 after directing the critically acclaimed feature film, Wadjda, which was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language and the APSA for Best Children's Feature Film. Her latest film Mary Shelley, about the author of Frankenstein, had its World Premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.
Samantha Lang is a film director, writer and visual artist. Her films have screened at festivals such as Sundance, Toronto, Locarno and Cannes, and won many awards including AACTAs. After being elected as President of the Australian Directors' Guild in 2015, Samantha was on the Screen Australia taskforce that rolled out the Gender Matters Initiative in 2016 to redress gender and diversity imbalance in the sector.
This session of Directors Chair is brought to you in partnership with the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and the Griffith Film School