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            Nadia Tass

            Biografie

            Nadia Tass, a contemporary of Australian director Jane Campion, started her career as an actress in the acclaimed TV series "Prisoner," which ran for an unprecedented 692 episodes, before she turned to directing. Her 1986 debut feature Malcom was a worldwide smash, winning 21 international awards and starred Colin Friels and John Hargreaves with a soundtrack by the renown Penguin Cafe Orchestra. It went on to win an unprecedented eight Australian Film Awards (including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor and Actress). The film is considered today an enduring Australian comedy classic, an Aussie ode to Ealing Studios. The film vied with Crocodile Dundee and Aliens for the top spot at the Australian box office that year.

            Ms. Tass followed her debut success with Rikky and Pete, a quirky story about a talented geologist and her off-the-wall mechanical genius brother who travel to the outbacks of Australia to find peace of mind but instead meet up with a desert mining town full of zany individualists. Stephen Kearney and Nina Landis are joined by three of Australia's stalwart character actors, Bill Hunter (Mad Dog Morgan, Gallipoli, Heatwave, Strictly Ballroom), Bruno Lawrence (Goodbye Pork Pie, Smash Palace, The Quiet Earth) and Bruce Spence (The Cars That Ate Paris, Road Warrior, Newsfront). "This film is a real winner, a true surprise"- Gene Siskel, Siskel & Ebert.

            The third feature by Ms. Tass was 1990's The Big Steal and introduced the American film-going public to Ben Mendelsohn, most recently seen in Animal Kingdom (Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress) and Killer Elite. The film was an Aussie twist on Hollywood's teen romantic comedy genre; blokes, cars and Sheilas. Once again, Ms. Tass swept the Australian Film Institute Awards winning three and being nominated for six more. The film was such an international success for Ms. Tass that Hollywood came calling once again and she went on to direct Pure Luck with comedian Martin Short and Danny Glover which opened on 1,600 screens; and, the acclaimed three-episode TV series "Stark" that was so successful it was edited into a feature and theatrically released.

            Ms. Tass continued on her acclaimed trajectory by next directing Mr. Reliable aka My Entire Life starring the charming Colin Friels which was nominated for three Australian Film Institute Awards. Amy, starring Rachel Griffiths and Ben Mendelsohn was Ms. Tass' next international critical and box office success. An eight year old girl, deaf and mute since witnessing the horrible death of her beloved father, a rock musician, who can only communicate through music, struggles with her mother (an extraordinary performance by Rachel Griffiths) to overcome their grief with the help of a bemused folk singer. The film won 23 international awards, including two at the Cannes Film Festival. Once again Ms.Tass was nominated for two Australian Film Institute Awards.

            In 2000 Ms. Tass expanded her horizons by directing the critically and commercially acclaimed Australian theater productions "Miss Bosnia" and "Cosi." Her experience as a director of theatre is extensive and diverse ranging from improvised theatre, classic plays, contemporary pieces and musical theatre. Her production of "The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe" in 2002/2003, adapted by David Parker from the C.S. Lewis novel, premiered to rave reviews and sell out business, touring across Australia and New Zealand.. The play garnered her a nomination for Best Direction Of A Musical for the prestigious Sir Robert Helpmann Awards (Australia's Tony Awards). Recently she directed "The Gronholm Method" (2010) and "The Aliens (2011) in Melbourne; and "Three Women In An Ice-Cream Cone" (2010) in London.

            During the last decade Ms. Tass has continued to direct high end television movies for Disney, ABC, CBS and the WB. These rating winners include "The Miracle Worker" with David Straithairn; "Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story" with Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) and Malcolm himself, Colin Friels; "Undercover Christmas" with Jami Gertz and Tyne Daly; "Samantha: An American Girl Holiday" with Mia Farrow and AnnaSophia Robb (Soul Surfer); "Felicity: An American Girl Adventure" with Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), John Schneider and Marcia Gay Harden; and "Custody" with Rob Morrow ("Northern Exposure").

            Ms. Tass returns to the big screen in 2012 with Matching Jack featuring Jacinda Barrett (Ladder 49, School For Scoundrels), Richard Roxburgh (Mission: Impossible II), James Nesbitt ("Ballykissangel", Waking Ned Devine, The Hobbit) and the ever reliable Colin Friels. The film won three awards at the Milan International Film Festival and was nominated for an Australian Film Institute Award. Matching Jack is a gripping melodrama that explores a complex set of relationships amidst the intensity of a child's deadly illness and spousal infidelity. "Warm, surprisingly funny and deeply touching." - Film Ink (Australia)

            Ms. Tass is considered to be one of Australia's most respected and unique filmmakers with her films being responsible for twenty-three Australian Film Institute nominations, while garnering eight wins including Best Film and Best Director. She has had retrospectives of her body of work in Moscow, Capetown & Johannesburg and New Delhi. In addition, Ms. Tass has sat on film festival juries for the Hawaii Film Festival, St. Tropez, Asian Festival Of First Films, and most recently, the Pune International Film Festival.

            A consummate professional, Ms. Tass has given back to the industry by presenting Masterclasses around the world from New York to London to Singapore to nearby New Zealand (Auckland & Wellington) and of course in Australia's major film cities of Sydney and Melbourne on multiple occasions.

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