KIERAN DARCY-SMITH

As a director, Kieran Darcy-Smith is best known for his feature film, WISH YOU WERE HERE, which won the AACTA Award for Best Original Screen Play at the 3rd AACTA Awards, BEST FILM and BEST SCREENPLAY at the Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards and multiple award wins on the international film festival circuit. WISH YOU WERE HERE was selected as the opening night film for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.  Also, as a writer, director and actor, Kieran has worked on more than 20 short films including BLOODLOCK, winning Most Popular Film at FlickerFest and KATOOMBA, which won Best Short Film at Sydney International Film Festival. As a photographer and music video director he has worked with numerous Australian artists, including Powderfinger, Alex Lloyd, You Am I, Kasey Chambers, Shane Nicholson and Troy Cassar-Daley.

Kieran’s selected feature film credits as an actor include: TWO HANDS, THE CAVE, THE SQUARE, SEPTEMBER and THE REEF. Kieran’s second feature film as director, THE DUEL, starring Woody Harrelson and Liam Hemsworth, was released by Lionsgate in 2016. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Felicity Price, and their two kids, Levi Jimmy and Sunny Valentine. In late 2015 Kieran was brought in as the set-up director for JACK IRISH, starring Guy Pearce. The series was shot in Melbourne and the Philippines and as set-up director, Kieran was responsible for the overall casting, look/feel/tone, design and photography of the show, before directing the first two episodes. The 6 part series screened on the ABC through early 2016 and was the highest rating television drama in the country throughout its run.

How did you get into short filmmaking?  

Purely by happenstance, i was 29 years old and just out of drama school. Joel, Nash, myself and a friend wanted to put some stunts and some acting down on tape, really just as a kind of show-reel for ourselves. I knocked together a script and the four of us went out and shot it. Nash cut it together, and somehow it worked. From there we just wanted to keep making stuff. It was all a happy accident, in a way. For me anyway. 

Favourite short film of all time?

A three-way tie, between Taika Waititi's, 'TWO CARS, ONE NIGHT', Luke Doolan's, 'MIRACLE FISH' and David Michôd’s 'CROSSBOW'. 

Most valued asset onset when making a short film? 

Support.

Top tip for emerging short filmmakers?  

Man... I don't know. Do what you can to put at least some of what 'you' are into it. Whatever that is. 

In three words, describe your first short film:  

4 words (kind of):  Hi-8 black and white.

What are you currently working on?  

I'm currently directing Wolf Creek series 2 in the Flinders Ranges. Then returning to the US for the next movie, commencing pre-production in September.