Dee McLachlan has made films all over the globe - from the Masai Mara in Kenya to downtown Los Angeles; from the ice cap of Patagonia to the jungles of Sri Lanka. After directing and producing over 25 hours of television in South Africa, Dee made her first feature, Scavengers. With a natural flair for comedy and action, Dee is also an accomplished writer, cinematographer and editor, having won awards globally with films like Solo Ascent, Born Wild (starring Brooke Shields and Martin Sheen) and Silent Hunter (winner of a Gold Award at the NY Film Festival 1987).
Dee’s first Australian film after The Second Jungle Book (Columbia Tristar, starring Roddy McDowall) was The Jammed (as writer, producer, director), hailed by Australia’s leading critics and the likes of David Stratton as “The Best Australian film of 2007”. Amongst other awards, The Jammed was winner of Best Script, Best Music and Best Film at the 2007 Inside Film Awards and received seven AFI nominations in 2008. Her film, 10Terrorists, is a cutting-edge comedy that examines our fascination with reality television and marries it with hyper-vigilant terrorist culture. The film took out the Kickass Original Feature Award at the 11th Los Angeles Comedy Festival.
Dee later directed on the second series of Wentworth for Fremantle Media and Foxtel’s SoHo network, and in 2016, she wrote and directed horror feature Out of the Shadows for Bronte Pictures. Out of the Shadows received a nomination for Best Australian Indie Film Award at the 2017 Gold Coast International Film Festival. Dee has most recently directed The Wheel, a futuristic thriller starring David Arquette, for SunJive Studios.