Cherie Nowlan

Cherie Nowlan (born Singleton, New South Wales,[1] Australia)[2] is an Australian film and television director, best known for the 2007 film Clubland (a.k.a. Introducing the Dwights)[1][3] and the 1997 film Thank God He Met Lizzie, starring Cate Blanchett and Frances O'Connor, her feature film directorial debut.[1]

Cherie Nowlan
Years active1995–present


Nowlan grew up in the country town of Singleton, Australia, and after working briefly as a journalist began a career in film and television. She worked as a production assistant, researcher and writer for various independent production companies, including Kennedy Miller, as well as in commercial television.[4]

Nowlan's first film was a documentary entitled God's Girls (1991),[5][6][7] about the nuns who taught in her former high school. The film won the Best Documentary prize at the Australian Film Institute Awards.[2] The ABC/BBC co-production was described by The Guardian in the UK as 'much more gripping than the fictional Brides of Christ '. It was nominated for an Australian Film Institute Award and was a finalist in the Sydney Film Festival's Dendy Short Film Competition.[4]

Nowlan studied scriptwriting at the Australian Film Television and Radio School in 1993.[4]

Clubland, which starred Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn and rising star Emma Booth, sold to Warner Independent Pictures for $4.1 million,[8] after debuting at Sundance Film Festival.[3] The film generated standing ovations at Sundance,[8] and was nominated for eleven AFI awards, including Best Director and Best Actress.[3]

In 1995, she wrote and directed the short film Lucinda 31, which was screened in film festivals in New York City and Brisbane, where it was voted Most Popular Film at the 1995 Brisbane Exposure Festival.[4] The script was an adaptation of a short story by Alexandra Long.[4]

She has also had a career in television, directing episodes of The Secret Life of Us, All Saints, Dance Academy, Packed to the Rafters and the American series Life Unexpected and 90210. As well as the television films Marking Time (2003),[8] Small Claims (2004), The Alice (2005), Small Claims: White Wedding (2007), Underbelly Files: The Man Who Got Away (2011) and Underbelly: Razor (2011).



Year Title Cast Note
1991 God's Girls
1992 Everyman Peter France, Jenni Murray, Vanya Kewley
1995 Lucinda 31 Short film
1997 Thank God He Met Lizzie Richard Roxburgh, Cate Blanchett, Frances O'Connor
2004 Small Claims Claudia Karvan, Rebecca Gibney, Robert Mammone
2005 Small Claims: White Wedding Claudia Karvan, Rebecca Gibney, Lisa Chappell
2007 Introducing the Dwights
(aka) Clubland
Khan Chittenden, Emma Booth, Richard Wilson
2013 Murder in Manhattan Bridget Regan, Enver Gjokaj, Raúl Castillo
Underbelly Files: The Man Who Got Away Toby Schmitz, Claire van der Boom, Aaron Jeffery


Year Title Cast Note
2002 The Secret Life of Us Deborah Mailman, David Tredinnick, Samuel Johnson
2003 Marking Time Abe Forsythe, Geoff Morrell, Elena Carapetis Miniseries
2008–2009 All Saints Judith McGrath, Georgie Parker, John Howard
2009–2010 Packed to the Rafters Rebecca Gibney, Erik Thomson, Michael Caton
2010 Life Unexpected Shiri Appleby, Kristoffer Polaha, Britt Robertson
Dance Academy Jordan Rodrigues, Xenia Goodwin, Alicia Banit
2011 Gossip Girl Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley
Underbelly: Razor Caroline Craig, Marcus Shultz, Paul Tassone
Crownies Todd Lasance, Hamish Michael, Ella Scott Lynch
2011–2013 90210 Shenae Grimes-Beech, Tristan Wilds, AnnaLynne McCord
2013 Grey's Anatomy Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson
Mistresses Alyssa Milano, Jes Macallan, Rochelle Aytes
2014 Suits Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle
Rake Greg Kinnear, John Ortiz, Miranda Otto
2015 The Messengers Shantel VanSanten, Sofia Black-D'Elia, Joel Courtney
The Mysteries of Laura Debra Messing, Laz Alonso, Josh Lucas
2016–2019 Animal Kingdom Ellen Barkin, Scott Speedman, Shawn Hatosy
2017 Dynasty Elizabeth Gillies, Nathalie Kelly, James Mackay
2018–2019 How to Get Away with Murder Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Jack Falahee
2018 The Good Doctor Freddie Highmore, Nicholas Gonzalez, Antonia Thomas
Riverdale KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes
2018–19 Instinct Alan Cumming, Bojana Novakovic, Daniel Ings
2018 Claws Niecy Nash, Carrie Preston, Judy Reyes
The Rookie Nathan Fillion, Alyssa Diaz, Richard T. Jones
2019 Reprisal Abigail Spencer, Rodrigo Santoro, Mena Massoud
You Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail, Luca Padovan, Zach Cherry, Shay Mitchell, Ambyr Childers, Victoria Pedretti, James Scully, Jenna Ortega and Carmela Zumbado
2020 Outer Banks Chase Stokes, Madelyn Cline, Madison Bailey, Jonathan Daviss, Rudy Pankow, Austin North, Charles Esten, Drew Starkey
Helstrom Tom Austen, Sydney Lemmon, Elizabeth Marvel, Robert Wisdom, Ariana Guerra, June Carryl and Alain Uy
The Wilds Sophia Ali, Shannon Berry, Jenna Clause, Reign Edwards, Mia Healey, Helena Howard, Erana James, Sarah Pidgeon, David Sullivan, Troy Winbush and Rachel Griffiths


  1. ^ a b c Dawson, Nick (4 July 2007). "Cherie Nowlan, Introducing The Dwights". Filmmaker. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b THE DIRECTOR INTERVIEWS CHERIE NOWLAN, INTRODUCING THE DWIGHTS Archived 6 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine, Wednesday, 4 July 2007, Filmmaker
  3. ^ a b c RGM Artists Cherie Nowlan. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e Cherie Nowlan at Cherie Nowlan. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  5. ^ Ronin Films GOD'S GIRLS: Stories from an Australian Convent. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  6. ^ Australian Screen God's Girls: Stories from an Australian Convent. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  7. ^ Artfilms God's Girls: Stories from an Australian Convent. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  8. ^ a b c Urban Cinephile "NOWLAN, CHERIE - CLUBLAND". (28 June 2007) Retrieved 14 March 2015.

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