Kate Dennis is a highly sought-after director of network, cable and premium cable television in Australia and the US. Her most recent directing credits include Hulu’s hit series The Handmaid’s Tale, for which she has been nominated for an Emmy for Best Direction; G.L.O.W. (Netflix); I’m Dying Up Here (Showtime); The Tick (Amazon); Preacher (AMC); Fear the Walking Dead (AMC); Second Chance (FX); The Mindy Project (Fox); Sleepy Hollow (Fox); and Suits (USA). In 2014 she directed two episodes of the US remake of Secrets and Lies, a ten-part series for ABC with BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning Hoodlum and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment producing, as well as episodes of CSI: Cyber (CBS) starring Patricia Arquette, and AMC’s TURN.
Her Australian directing credits include the original Secrets and Lies series, Party Tricks, Offspring (series 1-5), Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Rake (series 2 & 3), Time of Our Lives, Love My Way, The Secret Life of Us, MDA and Rush, to name a few. Her first series was Bryan Brown’s Twisted Tales, followed by Big Sky, which marked the beginning of her longstanding collaboration with Australia’s premier drama producer, John Edwards. Kate has also directed numerous pilots including the pilots for Offspring and Secretary, and the telemovie The Alice. Whilst in London, Kate developed two features, co-wrote the thriller Superstition, starring Charlotte Rampling and Mark Strong, and was lead director on the BBC/Tiger Aspect romantic comedy series Rescue Me.
Kate began her career in the camera department under awarded cinematographers John Seale and Andrew Lesnie, before moving to continuity for The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and script supervisor on Cliffhanger and Babe. She shot second unit on Gregor Jordan’s war drama Buffalo Soldiers which starred Joaquin Phoenix.
Kate has given masterclasses for the Directors Guild and the Australian Film Television Radio School (whose alumni include Jane Campion and Gillian Armstrong), and serves on the Film Victoria Evaluation and Advisory Committee convened to consider applications for production investment providing recommendations to the Board for final approval.
In 2007 Kate was nominated for an Australian Directors Guild Award for directing the Love My Way episode, ‘Cars Without Brakes’, then in 2013 she was nominated again for directing the Rake episode, ‘Greene’, and more recently in 2015 for directing Secrets & Lies.
Kate was recently awarded the Create NSW Annette Kellerman Award with Vogue Australia, which honours trailblazing women in Hollywood, at the Australians in Film Awards in LA.