Denny Lawrence

Denny Lawrence

Denny Lawrence studied at Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art (where Mel Gibson and Cate Blanchett trained) and the Australian Film and Television School (where Phillip Noyce and Jane Campion were students) as well as with Stella Adler and Jerzy Grotowski. He has had a long and varied career as actor, writer, producer, director in Film, Theatre and Television in Australia, North America and the U.K. His work as an actor began with tours for Sir Tyrone Guthrie and the Royal Shakespeare Company and then included seasons for leading theatre companies in Australia and England and a great deal of film and television acting. After making some award-winning short films he went on to direct more than 100 hours of multiple-camera television before embarking on his first feature, which won an AFI Award (Australia’s Oscars). He has written five feature films, directed six and also written and/or directed a number of television movies and miniseries. He has been the recipient of two Australian Film Institute Awards and a number of awards from the Australian Writers Guild and also a BAFTA (English Oscar) nomination. He has worked with many of Australia’s well-known actors, including Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe, Wendy Hughes, Nicole Kidman, Guy Pearce, Geoffrey Rush, Naomi Watts and Hugo Weaving. He is currently Executive Director of Television and Acting & Directing studies at Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

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