Shirley Barrett is coming to the Sydney Drama School for a one-day actor’s Masterclass on July 13th.

Since winning the coveted Camera D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for her debut feature film ‘Love Serenade’ Shirley Barrett has earned herself the reputation of being a true actor’s director, with the ability to elicit strong, truthful and detailed performances in both comedy and drama. As well as developing her own feature films at every opportunity, Shirley has both written and directed for a wide variety of Australia’s best loved television, including the acclaimed series ‘Offspring’ and Chanel 9’s new series, ‘Love Child’.

In this one-day Masterclass actors will get the chance to work with completely original material from Shirley’s own new feature film script as well as some of her favourite scenes from past work she has directed.

Learn how an auteur writer/director works collaboratively with the actor to bring their work to life.

DATE: Sunday July 13th 2014

TIME: 9:00am – 5:00pm

PLACE: Upper Level, 57 Queen St Woollahra

COST: $395

You can enrol by clicking on the link above or you can download the ENROLMENT FORM and email it to us.

Places are limited, so book now to take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn from one of Australia’s most creative & visionary directors.


Shirley writes and directs for both film and television.

Shirley graduated from the Australian Film Television and Radio School in 1987 specialising in both writing and directing.  She wrote and directed all three feature films Love Serenade, Walk the Talk andSouth Solitary (produced by Marian Macgowan). Love Serenadewas selected to screen in Un Certain Regard at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, winning the coveted Camera d’Or. The film was also awarded Best Film at the Valladolid International Film Festival Spain 1996; selected for screening at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival and was the opening night film at New Directors New Films, New York 1997.

Walk the Talk screened at the Toronto and Rotterdam Film Festivals and South Solitary had its world premiere opening the Sydney Film Festival in 2010.  Shirley was awarded Winner Western Australia Premier Literary Award 2009 Premier’s Prize and Script Award andWinner Queensland Premier’s Literary Award 2010 – Film Script.

Shirley has a love of writing and would consider writing projects that she doesn’t necessarily direct.

Shirley’s directing credits for television include multiple episodes ofBoys From the Bush, Heartbreak High, Police Rescue, Love My Way, one of which was nominated for Best Direction in Television at the 2006 AFI Awards, Packed to the Rafters, Wild Boys and Offspring.

Shirley’s Website


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