Nadia Tass’ 1986 debut feature MALCOLM was a worldwide smash, starring Colin Friels and John Hargreaves with a soundtrack by the renowned Penguin Cafe Orchestra. It went on to win an unprecedented eight Australian Film Institute Awards (including Best Film, Best Director) and 23 international awards. The film is considered today an enduring Australian comedy classic, an Aussie ode to Ealing Comedies. Subsequently, Nadia was awarded the prestigious BYRON KENNEDY AWARD for Pursuit of Excellence by the AFI.
Nadia followed with RIKKY AND PETE for United Artists, THE BIG STEAL with Ben Mendelsohn for Hoyts, PURE LUCK for Universal Studios USA, and the three x 1 hour miniseries about the end of the world, STARK, for the BBC UK. Ms. Tass continued on her acclaimed trajectory by next directing MR. RELIABLE for Polygram UK with writer/producer Terry Hayes, followed by AMY, starring Rachel Griffiths and Ben Mendelsohn, which was a huge international success, winning 28 international awards including 3 awards at CANNES.
In 2011, MATCHING JACK, won BEST DIRECTOR, BEST FILM and BEST SCREENPLAY at the MILAN International Film Festival. It features Jacinda Barrett (Ladder 49, School For Scoundrels), Richard Roxburgh (Mission: Impossible II), James Nesbitt (“Ballykissangel”, Waking Ned Devine, The Hobbit) and the Australian wunderkind Kodi Smitt-McPhee (The Road, Let Me In). The film was nominated for an Australian Film Institute Award, and won BEST FILM PRIX DU JURY 2011, CANNES Cinephile. MATCHING JACK is a gripping drama that explores a complex set of relationships amidst the intensity of a child’s deadly illness and spousal infidelity, described as “A must-see movie. Powerful and uplifting” by The Today Show, “…the film’s heartbeat is a definite 5 out of 5” by Cinephilia, and a four-star review on ABC TV’s At The Movies.
During the last decade Nadia has continued to direct films and high-end television movies in America for Universal Studios, Disney, WB, ABC (America) and CBS.
The AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE in Los Angeles honored Ms. Tass with a Retrospective of her work in 2012, which is traveling through different venues across America. She is considered to be one of Australia’s most respected and unique filmmakers with her films being responsible for twenty-three Australian Film Institute Award wins and 68 International awards.
She has had retrospectives of her body of work in Moscow, Cape Town & Johannesburg, Hawaii and New Delhi. In addition, Ms. Tass has sat on film festival juries for the Hawaii Film Festival, St. Tropez (as the head of the jury,) Asian Festival Of First Films, and most recently, the Pune International Film Festival (as the chair of the jury.)
A consummate professional, Ms. Tass has given back to the industry by presenting MASTERCLASSES around the world from NEW YORK to LONDON to SINGAPORE to nearby NEW ZEALAND (Auckland & Wellington) and, of course, in Australia’s major film cities of Sydney and Melbourne on multiple occasions.
Nadia’s feature is FATAL HONEYMOON – a deep, psychological thriller starring HARVEY KEITEL, BILLY MILLER, AMBER CLAYTON and GARY SWEET. Soon she will embark on her next feature, THE HUNT FOR SISTER EDITH, a British production which will be shot in Budapest, then followed by DEERSLAYER. Also in pre-pre-production is TYING THE KNOT, a Chinese/Australian co-production.
Nadia’s experience as a director of theatre is extensive and diverse ranging from IMPROVISED theatre, CLASSIC plays, CONTEMPORARY pieces and MUSICAL theatre. Her production of “The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe” in 2002/2003, adapted by David Parker from the C.S. Lewis novel, premiered to rave reviews and sell-out business, touring across Australia and New Zealand. The play garnered her a nomination for BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL for the prestigious Sir ROBERT HELPMANN AWARDS, and was described in The Messenger as “a fantastic show” that was “roaringly popular with all age groups,” and by The Daily Telegraph as “family entertainment of a higher order.”
Nadia has just returned to Red Stitch Actors company to direct the Pulitzer prize winner “THE FLICK” and earlier this year Tass directed OUT OF THE WATER both were a critical and box office success. In 2012 she directed “PROMISES, PROMISES” (2012) by Neil Simon, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, for The Production Company, then directed Australia’s premiere of “THE OTHER PLACE” (2013) by Sharr White (a new voice from America) for the Melbourne Theatre Company. After this production, Nicole Kidman picked up the movie rights for “The Other Place”.
Miss Tass’ body of theatre work includes productions of “The Merchant Of Venice”, “Macbeth”, numerous plays by Euripides, including “Medea”, plays by Aristophones including “Lysistrata”, and “The Byrds”, “Three Sisters” by Checkhov and “Blood Wedding” by Federico Garcia Lorca.