Miley Tunnecliffe

Miley Tunnecliffe

Miley is an Australian writer, director and New York Stella Adler trained performer. In 2019, she won the inaugural Rebel8 Outstanding Emerging Female Director at Flickerfest for her breakout digital dramedy series Calling which she wrote, directed and starred in alongside Debra Lawrance (Please Like Me). Calling was selected to screen at numerous local and international festivals including Adelaide Film Festival, CinefestOZ and Revelation.

Miley received a nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Directing at the WA Screen Culture Awards after also winning Best International Film and another nomination for Best Comedy Award for Calling at Austin Comedy Festival. Virgin Airlines programed Calling to play its inflight entertainment before the series was acquired by SBS Australia to screen nationally on both its broadcast and streaming platforms in 2021.

Miley is currently in pre-production to direct her first feature film, an outback romantic comedy. She’s also been invited into the international feature lab ATTAGIRL with her horror feature Proclivitas which she is attached as writer and director.

Miley has written episodes on Australian broadcast series including The Heights (ABC), which debuted to critical acclaim in February 2019, and on series one and two of the ABC animated comedy series 100% Wolf. She is currently developing the new animated series Ash And The Dreamworld for Flying Bark Productions.

In 2020 Miley earned an Australian Director’s Guild Awards Best Director nomination for Molly And Cara, the short comedy series she created for SBS Australia. Miley’s latest film is the female led outback drama In Australia, which she wrote and directed. The film was funded through Screenwest’s Elevate 70K short film initiative. It premiered at this year’s St Kilda Film Festival and won the coveted Audience Choice Award as well as being nominated for Best Short film at CinefestOZ Film Festival (2021).

In 2019 Miley was invited into the prestigious MIFF Director’s Accelerator LAB Program. And in 2018, she was selected for Screen Australia’s Talent USA Program that introduces the best emerging Australian talent to the international market. On the heels of this US trip, Dynamic TV came on board as producers of one of Miley’s television projects. That same year the Director’s Guild selected Miley to attend the Producer’s Guild Conference as a directing “One to Watch.”

Miley previously won the Page International Screenwriting Awards Top Prize for Best Tv Comedy and was the recipient of Screenwest’s prestigious Bill Warnock Writer’s Award. Her writing has consistently placed in international screenwriting awards including The Oscars Academy Nicholls Fellowships.

Miley wrote and directed the romantic drama Lola & Luis (Nominated-Best Film, Winner-Best Actor at the 2016 WA Screen Awards). She also wrote, produced and starred in festival favorites Love In A Disabled Toilet and Bye Bye Lulu.

Miley Tunnecliffe

Television

ASH AND THE DREAMWORLD
Writer. Producer: Leah James & Barbara Stephen, Flying Bark Productions / ABC 2021
100% WOLF
Writer (Episode 18, 212, 223). Script Producer: Fin Edquist, Flying Bark Productions / ABC 2021
AGE APPROPRIATE (In Dev.) 
Creator, Writer. Producers: Holly Hines, Elena Blekhter, Dynamic TV
MISS FISHER’S MURDER MYSTERY PREQUEL (In Dev.)
Writing Attachment. Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger, Every Cloud Productions / ABC
MOLLY AND CARA
Creator, Writer, Director. Producer: Emilia Jolakoska, SBS 2019
THE HEIGHTS
Writer (Episode 11). Script Producer: Warren Clarke, Executive Producer: Chris Oliver-Taylor, Matchbox/NBC Universal 2019
THE SECRET DAUGHTER (Series 2)
Writer’s Attachment / Shadowing. Script Producer: Stuart Page, Screentime / Channel 7 2018

Feature Film

SIDETRACKED
Director. Producer: Kate Separovich, Meredith Garlick, Heather Macfarlane 2022
PROCLIVITAS (In Dev. With ATTAGIRL)
Writer / Director. Producer: Kate Separovich

Online

CALLING
Creator, Writer, Director, Producer         Producer: Emilia Jolakoska, 2018

Short Film

IN AUSTRALIA
Writer, Director. Producer: Emilia Jolakoska, 2020
MOTHER DAUGHTER TIME
Writer, Director. Producer: Jess Black, Black Milestone 2018
LOLA & LUIS
Writer, Director. Producer: Jess Black, Black Milestone Pictures 2016
LOVE IN A DISABLED TOILET
Writer, Producer. Director: Ruben Pracas, Red Milestone Productions 2015
BYE BYE LULU
Writer, Producer. Director: Ryan Svirac, Red Milestone Productions 2015
BARNESY’S NUMBERS
Writer, Producer. Director: Steve Fleming, Red Milestone Productions 2014

Awards & Accolades

ATTAGIRL INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM INCUBATOR – For Proclivitas (2021)
CINEFESTOZ FF Winner – People’s Choice Award for “In Australia” (2021)
CINEFESTOZ CINEWEST AWARDS Nominee – Best Short Film “In Australia” (2021)
WA SCREEN CULTURE AWARDS Nominee – Innovation in Web Series for Molly and Cara (2020)
WA SCREEN CULTURE AWARDS Nominee – Best Director for Calling (2020)
ADG AWARDS Nominee – Best Director for Online Comedy Series for Molly and Cara (2020)
SCREENWEST SMALL SCREEN FUNDING 10k for The Real Housewives of God (2020)
MIFF DIRECTOR’S ACCELERATOR LAB PROGRAM (2019)
FLICKERFEST REBEL8 Outstanding Emerging Director Award for Calling (2019)
SCREENWEST ELEVATE FUNDING GRANT 70k for In Australia (2019)
SCREENWEST/SBS DIVERSITY FUND Winner – 100k for Molly and Cara (2019)
DIRECTORS GUILD DELEGATE to Screen Forever (2018)
AUSTIN COMEDY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL Nominee – Best International Film for Calling (2018)
AUSTIN COMEDY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL Nominee – Best Comedy for Calling (2018)
TALENT USA PROGRAM Screen Australia’s talent delegation to New York and Los Angeles (2018)
SCREENWEST GENERATE FUNDING GRANT 10k for Calling (2018)
PAGE INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITING AWARDS Gold Place Winner for Disorder (2017)
BILL WARNOCK EMERGING WRITERS INITIATIVE Winner – 50k (2017)
AWG PATHWAYS PROGRAM Inductee for Disorder (2017)
AWG PRIME TIME COMPETITION Finalist for Disorder (2017)
WA SCREEN AWARDS Nominee – Best Film for Lola & Luis (2016)
WA SCREEN AWARDS Winner – Best Actor for Lola & Luis (2016)
PRINCESS PICTURES COMEDY INCUBATOR Shortlist Finalist for Mermaid’s Guide (2016)
SCREENWEST EMERGING WRITER GRANT 2k for the National Screenwriters Conference (2016)
THE ACADEMY NICHOLL FELLOWSHIP IN WRITING Quarter-finalist for Run Santos Run (2014)
PAGE INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITING AWARDS Quarter-finalist for Run Santos Run (2014)
FILM AND TELEVISION INSTITUTE OOMPF GRANT 10k for Love in a Disabled Toilet (2014)

Festival Screenings

IN AUSTRALIA
(2021) – Festival Premiere St Kilda FF
MOLLY AND CARA
(2019) – Premiering at Cinefest Oz 2019 gala closing night event.
CALLING
(2018) – Flickerfest (2019 – WINNER Outstanding Emerging Female Director Award), Adelaide Film Festival, Austin Short Comedy Festival (2018 – WINNER Best International Film), Cinefest Oz Film Festival (2018), Revelation International Film Festival (2018), Cottesloe Film Festival (2018), Setting Sun Film Festival (2019), Freshflix X Vivid Festival (2019)
LOLA & LUIS
(2016)  –  Cinefest Oz Film Festival (2016), WA Screen Awards (2016 – Nominated Best Short Form, WINNER Best Actor)
LOVE IN A DISABLED TOILET
(2015) – CinefestOz Film Festival (2015), Portland Film Festival (2015), Revelation Perth International Film Festival (2015), Heart of Gold Film Festival (2015)

Education & Training

UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME/ WESTERN AUSTRALIAN ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS
Bachelor of Performing Arts, minoring in Psychology and Film Studies.
UCLA PROFESSIONAL PRODUCER’S PROGRAM, LOS ANGELES Producing
UCB (UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE), LOS ANGELES Sketch Comedy Writing
THE STELLA ADLER STUDIO, NEW YORK Adler/ Strasberg Method, Shakespeare and
Chekov
LABRYINTH THEATRE COMPANY, NEW YORK Studies included: Performance and Writing

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