Photo Credit: Ben Lawrence
Ray Lawrence has been a director for over thirty years during which time he has made three feature films.
Bliss was screened In Competition, Cannes Film Festival in 1985 and the film won Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay at the AFI Awards and was nominated for ten other categories.
In 2001 came Lantana, based on the play Speaking In Tongues by Andrew Bovell. The film won seven AFI Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Anthony LaPaglia), Best Actress (Kerry Armstrong), and Best Adapted Screenplay, and also performed exceptionally well at the Australian box office.
Ray’s film Jindabyne, had its world premiere at Cannes and its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film was released in Australia in July 2006. Jindabyne received 8 nominations at the 2006 Film Critics Circle Awards and won Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Actress in a Supporting role. It received numerous nominations at the 2006 AFI and IF Awards and won the prestigious FIPRESCI prize for Best Film and the Best Screenplay Award at the 2006 Stockholm Film Festival.
Ray is currently in development on an adaptation of Andrew Bovell’s play Holy Day.