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. In 2018 Beth was nominated for an Australian Director’s Guild award for best directing of a children’s TV series for her work on Ambience Entertainment’s Drop Dead Weird. The series is an Australian/Irish co-production set in Western Ireland which aired on Channel 7 in Australia, and internationally. Beth directed ten half-hour episodes.

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, including Best Film at Palm Springs and sold to broadcasters with screenings in Canada, Australia and Japan. Beth’s ability to draw subtle and gripping performances from her cast shines in her last short film You Cut, I Choose, which she wrote and directed. The film premiered at Melbourne International Film Festival and was nominated for Best Director at the 2015 ADG Awards, receiving special mention.

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. 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 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. Screen Australia also post-produced her mid-length film, Cheek to Cheek, which she wrote and directed, and supported Beth to present the film in America.

Beth has extensive experience in the fast-paced world of advertising. Her successful ad campaigns include an international tourism series for Incredible India, Worldwide for Walls, a six-part national for Weight Watchers, and a cinema campaign for the AFTRS. Other clients include Tattslotto, Lite‘n Easy, Gold lotto, Pampas, Queensland Department of Health and Safety, Insurance line, Heritage Bank, Open Colleges, SBS with Peter Kuravita, Lemnos, Optifast, Paint Place, Streets, Subway and Act for Kids.

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 & Nominations

2014 IFCOM (Indonesia): International Gold Award for You Cut, I Choose
2014 Heart of Gold: NOMINATON Best Australian Short, Special Mention for You Cut, I Choose
2014 Australian Directors Guild: NOMINATION Best Directing Short Film, Special Mention for You Cut, I Choose
2006 Glen Eira Literary Awards for Tackle
2005 Jackson Hole and Boston: WINNER Best Short for Danya
2005 Carolina: WINNER Best Directing and Best Narrative Film Student for Danya
2005 Hatchfest: WINNER Best Editing for Danya
2005 Tirana (Albania): WINNER Best Fiction for Danya
2005 Canberra: WINNER Best Australian for Danya
2004 Shepparton and Newtown: WINNER Best Film for Tackle
2004 Home Brewed Australia: Silver for Tackle
2004 Stinkwater: WINNER Best Film for Passion With a Pedigree
2004 Shepparton: WINNER Best Documentary for Passion With a Pedigree
2004 Community for Communities: BRONZE for Passion With a Pedigree
2001 Palm Springs: WINNER Best of Festival and Audience for Passion With a Pedigree
2001 St Louis: WINNER Best of Festival and Best International for Passion With a Pedigree
2001 Rhode Island: WINNER Grand Prize Best Short for Cheek to Cheek
2001 Corto Imola: WINNER Best Short Fiction for Cheek to Cheek
2001 Magnolia: WINNER: Best Short Drama for Cheek to Cheek
2001 Cleveland: WINNER: Best Women’s Short and Humanitarian Awards for Cheek to Cheek

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