Kate Riedl is a director of film, TV, documentary and commercials, with a background in producing and writing. She divides her time between Sydney and New York. Her work has aired on both Australian and US television, and has screened at festivals internationally, including Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA Film Festival, Long Beach International Film Festival, the British Film Festival, Dendy Awards, Australian Dance Awards, POV Film Festival, St Kilda Film Festival and the Sydney Film Festival.
Most recently Kate directed The Suitor, a short starring Tilda Cobham-Hervey, which will have its world premiere at Flickerfest in 2017, as part of its Best Australian Short Film section. Kate’s feature project, Em, written by AFI nominated writer Matthew Dabner (The Square) and starring Tilda Cobham-Hervey, is an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma, set in 1950s Australia. It is currently in pre-production with development financing from Screen NSW and Screen Australia. She is also in development with the feature Every Day’s a Holiday, written by Jay Riedl, to be shot in New York.
Kate directed the pilot episode for the highly-rated Australian series Two Twisted, produced by Bryan Brown (F/X) and Karen Radzyner (Paper Giants). Kate’s documentary film The Man Who Saved A Million Brains (shot in Tibet) won two Best Documentary Awards at the ATOM Awards, and aired to record ratings on the Australian Broadcasting Channel (ABC), the Discovery Channel in the US, with screenings at festivals worldwide. On A Roll, a thriller shot in New York, starring Cameron Daddo and written by J. David Harden, screened throughout the US, and was a finalist at the USA Film Festival. Kate also directed a documentary for Baz Luhrmann and Disney, Strictly Ballroom – From Stage to Screen, about the inception of the play Strictly Ballroom and its impact 30 years later, which was distributed throughout Australian and the US.
Kate’s commercials include award-winning campaigns starring supermodel Sarah Murdoch for Bonds, Rebecca Gibney for Advil, and her spot for the Australian Wildlife Conservancy was narrated by Hugo Weaving. She has also directed a commercial campaign starring New Yorker cartoonist and graphic novelist Marisa Marchetto, and another with trapeze artist Sarah Callan of the New York Trapeze School. Her clients have included LG, Kelloggs, Wyeth, Orange, Unilever and Bonds, working with agencies including JWT, BMF, The Campaign Palace, Euro, Lowe and Singletons.
She graduated with an MA (Hons.) from the Australian Film Television and Radio School where she won the Kenneth Myer Fellowship to intern in China with director Zhang Yimou (Hero, Raise The Red Lantern). She also studied at the International Centre of Photography NY under Amy Arbus, and trained with acting coach Judith Weston. In 2005 and 2006, she managed Screen Australia’s holistic script development program, IndiVision Project Lab, and prior to directing film and TV she was General Manager of the Australian National Playwrights’ Centre, Australia’s largest script development organisation for theatre and radio.