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In the early 1980’s Madeleine Blackwell graduated from the NIDA acting course and worked as an actor for over twenty years before training as a director at The Australian Film, Television and Radio School. (AFTRS). 

Her first short film FATHER screened at the Tehran International Film Festival and The Women on Women Film Festival, Sydney. She was nominated for an AFI screenwriting award for SO CLOSE TO HOME, which won a Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco Film Festival and a Dendy Award at Sydney Film Festival.

Her 2014 short film ELSEWHERE screened at Canberra Short Film Festival, Le Bout du Monde festival, France and Fajr Film festival in Tehran, Iran.

She is currently writing, production and filming her feature length film DAMAGE. 



Ali is not an Australian citizen. He drives a taxi using another man’s license His passenger, Esther is an old woman who forgets where she is going. Ali has suffered immeasurable loss and survives each day by risking his safety. Ali and Esther set off in search of a vague destination and all they have in common is their damage. She can't remember and he can't forget. 



FATHER is a fable about two young sisters who choose to belong to a godless vagabond instead of their strict father.

Set in an orchard - a "Garden of Eden"  this short film questions religious dogma and possession.


Inside an old car In front of the sea

A husband and a wife Negotiate their separation, while the tide and the sea change course.

My Civil Wars


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