The Australian Directors Guild (ADG) today announced that it has appointed Mairi Cameron as the new chapter head for the Guild in Queensland. She takes over from Evan Clarry who has been the chapter head for the past twelve months but will be busy working on the second series of “The Bureau of Magical Things”.
“Being the chapter head for the ADG in Queensland, albeit for a brief 1 year period, was a great opportunity. I was involved in the development of several ongoing projects with Screen Queensland, GOMA and Griffith University, as well as provide representation at a host of Industry events. It has been both an honour and a valued experience. I am thrilled to pass the baton onto one of Queensland’s finest directors, Mairi Cameron. I have known Mairi for many years and I know she will be a tireless and strong advocate for the ADG and for Queensland” said Evan Clarry.
Mairi a Queensland-based film and television director and screen educator in development on a range of long form projects, and teaching into the Masters and Bachelor programs at SAE Creative Media Institute. Earlier this year she directed an episode of ABC drama series HARROW. Last year her first feature film THE SECOND was released in cinemas nationally and on streaming platform Stan. THE SECOND was nominated for both AACTA (Best Indie Film) and SPA (Feature Film of the Year) awards. Previously she’s balanced academic leadership roles and directing, with a handful of award-winning short films such as MILK which competed at Cannes, Bilbao and Palm Springs, and music videos such as J Award winning SUNDAY BEST for local singer-songwriter WASHINGTON to her name. She is currently developing a range of long-form projects including a feature film adaptation of American novel THE SECRET LIVES OF DRESSES, and an episode of Hoodlum and Lucky Chap's SHAKESPEARE NOW anthology series. “With the current boon in local and international production happening in the state, it is an exciting time to be a Queensland director. After my first feature film, The Second, fully funded by Screen Queensland, was released in 2018 on Stan and in cinemas nationally, I was given the opportunity to direct an episode of Hoodlum's locally produced television drama series, Harrow. This was thanks to the ADG's Shadow Directing program that provides opportunities for female directors to break into television. It was a brilliant opportunity for me which is opening more doors, so it is with great pleasure that I take on the role of Queensland Chapter Head. I'm looking forward to engaging with the wider Queensland screen industry to represent the interests of the ADG and all local members” said Mairi.
“We owe a great debt of gratitude to our chapter heads who look after the interests on our members in each state. We thank Evan for his great work over the last twelve months and welcome Mairi,” said Kingston Anderson CEO of the ADG. “We look forward to working closely with Mairi to develop programs of support for Queensland directors.”