ALLANAH ZITSERMAN

DirectoR, Lumila Films

 
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Allanah is an award winning scriptwriter and independent film producer.  Her screen career started soon after graduating from UTS with a Bachelor of Business in 1998, when she took a production job on Strange Planet, a local film starring Naomi Watts (Mulholland Drive), and fell in love with filmmaking. A year later, she produced and penned her debut feature film Russian Doll starring Hugo Weaving (The Matrix). The project garnered her the 2000 AACTA/AFI Best Original Screenplay Award, making her the youngest ever recipient.  She followed this by scripting and producing the black comedy Horseplay (2003) starring Abbie Cornish (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri).

Allanah then worked in script development for a few years in London, before returning to Australia in 2007. The same year, and driven by her passion for promoting and celebrating Australian screen talent, she founded the Dungog Film Festival -- winner of Inside Film’s 2012 Best Film Festival Award.  She was responsible for attracting significant government and corporate partners and attracting over 10,000 filmlovers to a small country town.

From 2008 until 2012, Allanah created the script development program "In The Raw", which saw many of its projects produced including Last Cab to Darwin Sleeping Beauty and Strangerland starring Nicole Kidman (The Hours). During this time, she also founded a film distribution company that championed local independent films. 

In 2017, Allanah returned to film production, to produce Bruce Beresford’s Australian feel-good comedy, Ladies in Black, with industry luminary Sue Milliken.  The film is set for cinema release 20th September 2018 through Sony Pictures.