Beth Armstrong

Beth Armstrong

Beth studied a Masters of Directing Film & Television at AFTRS and boasts an impressive list of accolades from her master’s film, Danya, which screened in over 20 international festivals & received 13 awards including 5 Best Film awards.

Originally trained as an actor, Beth has amassed an impressive portfolio of work since moving behind the camera. Her six short films have won numerous international awards and sold to broadcasters with screenings in Canada, Australia and Japan. Beth’s ability to draw charmingly subtle and engrossing performances from her cast, combined with a particular flare for working with children, shines in her latest short film; a dramedy titled: You Cut, I Choose. The film premiered at Melbourne International Film Festival and received special mention at the 2015 ADG Awards.

Beth’ career has been well supported by Australian funding bodies and was most recently awarded the Screen Australia/Australian Directors Guild (ADG) funded Director’s Attachment to Mel Gibson on the feature film, Hacksaw Ridge over a highly competitive field. Further to this Beth was sponsored by the ADG/Screen Australia Brilliant Careers funding to participate in the Melbourne International Film Festival Accelerator program for directors. Beth has also had directing attachments in television, with Kate Dennis on Offspring and with Peter Fisk on All Saints. Beth was selected as one of four writers for Tropnest at Fox Studios with mentors Anne Brooksbank and Nick Parsons to develop a feature comedy script and she received development funding from Screen NSW for second draft of a feature comedy/drama film.

Beth has extensive experience in the fast paced world of advertising where she has earned her success not only by delivering campaigns quickly and efficiently but by drawing remarkable performances from her cast and creating a beautiful frame for them to work in. Her successful ad campaigns include an international tourism series for Incredible India, a worldwide campaign for Walls and a cinema campaign for the AFTRS. Other clients include Tattslotto, Weight Watchers (six-part national campaign), Lite‘n Easy, Gold lotto, Pampas, Queensland Department of Health and Safety, Insurance line, Heritage Bank, Citibank, Open Colleges, SBS with Peter Kuravita, Lemnos, Paint Place, Streets, Subway and Act for Kids (an award winning television and online charity campaign).

Beth Armstrong

Television

DROP DEAD WEIRD
Director. Ambience Entertainment, Air Pig Productions, Telegael 2017
OFFSPRING
Directors Attachment (Kate Dennis). Southern Star, Ten 2011
ALL SAINTS
Directors Attachment (Peter Fisk). Network Seven 2010
MY PLACE
Writer. Chapman Pictures Pty Ltd, ABC 3 2009

Short Film

YOU CUT I CHOOSE
19 minutes. Writer/Director 2014
Official Selection – Melbourne, Flickerfest (Australia) LA Shorts (USA)
DANYA
18 minutes. Director 2005
Official Selection – Rhode Island, Atlanta, Carolina, Montreal World Film Festival, Park City Film Music Festival, St. Louis (USA); Kino Manchester (UK); Damascus (Syria); Saint Tropez – Cinema des Antipodes, France; Auburn for Children and Home Brewed, (Australia); FIKE Évora (Portugal)
TACKLE
8 minutes. Director, ABC 2004
Official Selection – Heart of Gold, St. Kilda, Byron Bay, NAFA, Shorts Downunder, Newcastle and Equinox (Australia); Cinet-vis-Cinema (Japan); Bali Realm of the Senses (Indonesia) Temecula Valley Film & Music and Mill Valley (USA)
PASSION WITH A PEDIGREE
7 minutes. Director, SBS 2004
Official Selection – Mill Valley (USA) 
St Kilda, Realms of the Senses, Falls Creek, Home Brewed (Australia)
CHEEK TO CHEEK
38 minutes. Writer/Director, Showtime Canada/Australia 2001
Official Selection – Portland, Nashville, Rocky Mountain, Mill Valley, Los Angeles, (USA) Torino (Italy) St Kilda and WOW (Australia)

 

TVCs

Selected campaigns 2007 – 2016
Ministry of Tourism India: Incredible India Health , Incredible India Art
Act for Kids: Act for Kids
QLD Health: Eat Well
Subway: Seven Dollars , Workers
Gold Lotto: Golden Casket
Open Colleges: Believe You Can
For full portfolio, see Beth’s pages on Two Little Indians and Clockwork Films

 

Feature Film

HACKSAW RIDGE
ADG Funded Directors Attachment (Mel Gibson)  Cross Creek Pictures 2015
MUSSIES IN MY CLOSET
Screen NSW Feature Film Draft Funding for feature comedy/drama 2007

 

Education

Masters in Film Directing – Australian Film Television and Radio School (2005)
Theatre Acting (1989)

Awards and Nominations

YOU CUT, I CHOOSE

  • International Gold Award- IFCOM (Indonesia);
  • Nomination Best Australian Short – Heart of Gold, Special Mention
  • Best Directing Short Film -Australian Directors Guild

DANYA

  • Best short Jackson Hole and Boston
  • Best directing & best narrative student – Carolina, Best Editing Hatchfest (USA)
  • Best fiction – Tirana, (Albania); Best Australian – Canberra (Australia)

TACKLE

  • Best Film, Shepparton and Newtown (Australia)
  • Silver, Home Brewed Australia,
  • Glen Eira Literary Awards, Australia 2006

PASSION WITH A PEDIGREE

  • Best Film – Stinkwater
  • Best Documentary – Shepparton, Mandurah
  • Bronze – Community for Communities (Australia)

CHEEK TO CHEEK

  • Awards – Best of Festival and Audience, Palm Springs
  • Best of Festival and Best International, St. Louis
  • Grand Prize Best Short, Rhode Island
  • Best Short Fiction, Corto Imola (Italy)
  • Best Short Drama, Magnolia,
  • Best Women’s Short and Humanitarian Awards, Cleveland (USA)
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