Kurzel at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival
|Born||3 August 1974|
Gawler, South Australia, Australia
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter|
Essie Davis (m. 2002)
Kurzel was born in Gawler, South Australia to a family of immigrant roots, his father hailing from Poland and his mother from Malta. His younger brother, Jed Kurzel, is a blues rock musician who has scored most of Justin's films. Kurzel is married to actress Essie Davis.
In 1999 he was awarded a Mike Walsh Fellowship. His film debut was the Australian short film Blue Tongue (2004). His feature film debut was Snowtown (2011), for which he won the AACTA Award for Best Direction. Though controversial for its violence, the film was generally praised and holds an 84% on Rotten Tomatoes with the critic consensus: "It's a bleak and brutal endurance test, but for viewers with the strength and patience to make it to the end, Snowtown will prove an uncommonly powerful viewing experience."
Kurzel directed True History of the Kelly Gang in 2018, adapted from Peter Carey's 2001 Man Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name, written from the viewpoint of legendary Australian bushranger and outlaw Ned Kelly. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and will be released in Australian cinemas in 2020.
|2004||Blue Tongue||Short film|
|2011||Snowtown||AACTA Award for Best Direction|
Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Direction
Nominated—Inside Film Award for Best Director
|2013||The Turning||Episode: "Boner McPharlin's Moll"|
Nominated—AACTA Award for Best Direction
|2015||Macbeth||Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Director of a British Independent Film|
Nominated—Cannes Film Festival – Palme d'Or
|2019||True History of the Kelly Gang|
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