Samantha Lang

Director, Photographer
Some of the world's most original and interesting directors--male or female--seem to emanate from Down Under. Australia has produced such diverse talents as Peter Weir and Gillian Armstrong, Philip Noyce and Jocelyn ... Read more »
Born: 12/08/1967 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Director (3)

The Idol 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

The Monkey's Mask 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

The Well 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Some of the world's most original and interesting directors--male or female--seem to emanate from Down Under. Australia has produced such diverse talents as Peter Weir and Gillian Armstrong, Philip Noyce and Jocelyn Morehouse. Add to the list Samantha Lang. Although British-born and raised, Lang has made her adopted homeland her base. Settling with her family in Sydney, she had an eclectic education, spending time in France, Germany and Czechoslovakia before earning her degree in film at Sydney's prestigious Australian Film, Television and Radio School. Lang earned attention for her short films, including "God's Bones" (1993) and "Audacious" (1995). Shortly after graduation, she caught the attention of producer-actor Bryan Brown, who tapped her to helm an episode of the Australian TV series "Twisted Tales". Lang continued her ascent (although on the first day of shooting, many crew members mistook her for either a costume mistress or a runner) with her first feature, "The Well" (1997). Adapted by Laura Jones from an Elizabeth Jolley story, the film depicted the growing love relationship between two diverse woman, a city girl and older spinster, in a rural community. Lang's second feature was "The Monkey's Mask" (2000), about a lesbian private investigator hired to find a murderer terrorizing a college campus.

EDUCATION

FAMU

attended

Spent one year in France studying literature and linguistics

earned a Qantas scholarship to study film in Germany

Australian Film, Television and Radio School

1995

earned an honors degree in visual communications

Milestones

2000

Helmed second film, the erotic thriller "The Monkey's Mask"

1997

Feature directorial debut, "The Well"

1996

Made TV debut as director with the Australian telefilm "Third Party", an episode of "Twisted Tales"

1995

Garnered attention with her thesis short "Audacious", featuring Dee Smart and Aden Young

1993

Directed first short film, "God's Bones"

1972

Immigrated to Australia with family at age 14; settled in Sydney

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