Kate Halpin - Director

Kate is an award-winning writer and director based in Sydney. She has directed short films and music videos as well as TV Commercials and Online content pieces for brands such as Uber, Caltex, AMP Bank, NSW Health, Mission Australia, Deadly Choices, Travel NSW, TidyMe and Oztag.

Her film; ‘A Private Matter’ has screened at over 25 festivals worldwide, including the Academy & BAFTA accredited Flickerfest International Short Film Festival and St Kilda Film Festival in Australia. It has won numerous awards including ‘Best Film’, ‘Best Drama’, ‘Best Director’ & ‘Best Student Film’. Kate was interviewed about A Private Matter by FilmInk:

filmink.com.au/2016/kate-halpin-going-public-about-a-private-matter/

Kate’s latest film; ‘Hopscotch’ had its Australian premiere at Flickerfest in January 2017 and then screened at St Kilda Film Festival in Melbourne. The film is currently making it's way around the International festival circuit and recently opened the Female Eye Film Festival in Canada, where it was nominated for 'Best Short Film'.

Kate is a recent recipient of the first Gender Matters: Commercial & Content Directing Mentorship, which she is doing with Goodoil Films and is being sponsored by the Australian Director's Guild. Kate has recently also been shortlisted for the Screen Australia funded TV Writer's Room initiative: 'Smart for A Girl: Roar' which is being run by Alice Bell and Imogen Banks (Puberty Blues, The Beautiful Lie, Offspring, The Slap, etc).

http://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/sa/newsroom/news

Kate has recently co-directed and written a music video for Busby Marou’s ‘Paint this Land’ with Wayne Blair (The Sapphires, Dirty Dancing (2017), Septembers of Shiraz, Redfern Now & Cleverman) and Warner Music Australia. The music video pays homage to Indigenous Veterans and premiered on Channel 7's Sunrise on ANZAC Day and screened at the MCG to an audience of 90,000 people. The video went viral on it's first day of release and Kate and Wayne were interviewed by ABC News. Kate and Wayne have now collaborated on another two projects together which will soon be released.

In 2013, Kate wrote, directed and produced; ‘The Father, Son and the Holy Spirit’ which won ‘Best Film’ and ‘Best Cinematography’ at the 48 Hour Film Festival, and then travelled to the US. Kate was the first student and female to have won this festival.

Kate is a graduate of the International Film School Sydney (IFSS), where she completed an Advanced Diploma in Screen and Media, which is a two-year, full-time course specialising in directing, screenwriting and producing for film and television. She initially trained as an actor and has a Bachelor of Arts (Acting for Screen and Stage), which has given her an invaluable insight into directing actors and the craft of writing.

Over the years Kate has worked professionally in Australia and abroad in various roles such as editor, producer, casting, camera assistant, art director, production designer, costume designer, actor and presenter. Kate also previously worked at Christine King Casting (Moulin Rouge, Star Wars, Episode III, X-Men Origin Wolverine, etc) and Macgowan Films Production Company (Two Hands, Death Defying Acts, South Solitary), as the assistant to Christine King and Marian Macgowan respectively. Kate continues to work on the side as a freelance art director and production designer. She has worked on over 40 short films and music videos and has art directed TV commercials for brands such as; Qantas, Holden, Oral B, Neutrogena, Tourism NSW, Gumtree, Lite n’ Easy, UTS and AHM in conjunction with Survivor and Channel 10. This vast range of experience has allowed Kate a comprehensive understanding into all facets of the filmmaking experience, which unquestionably aids her as a director.

Kate is currently in pre-production on her next film, 'Atlantis' which she wrote with Lâle Teoman and is being produced by Annie Kinnane, with Tania Lambert attached as DP.

Kate Halpin Director
Kate Halpin Director