Samantha Lang, one of Australia’s most talented directors, is coming to the Sydney Drama School for a one-day Actor’s Masterclass on November 1st.

Samantha is a writer/director and has worked in film, television, commercials , as well as in theatre productions. Since graduating with a BD(Hons) in Visual Communications from University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), and a BA in Directing from the Australian Film and Television School (AFTRS), Samantha’s career has been punctuated by artistic verve and achievement. Working across a variety of mediums – she has continued to embrace confronting and ambitious material.

This Masterclass will give actors the opportunity to learn from Samantha’s experience directing some of the finest talent in the country. Find out what she looks for in an actor and how she works to help shape a performance.

The morning will consist of an introduction to Samantha’s work and her own artistic approach as a director.

The bulk of the day will be spent workshopping scenes under Samantha’s direction. The scenes are recorded and everyone will receive a copy of their footage.

We will finish the day with a Q&A were students will have the chance to pick Samantha’s brain about her knowledge and experience of the craft and the industry.

DATE: Sunday November 9th 2014

TIME: 9:00am – 5:00pm

PLACE: Upper Level, 57 Queen St Woollahra

COST: $330


You can enrol by clicking on the link above or you can download the ENROLMENT FORM and email it to us. Please include a copy of your CV with your enrolment.

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



In 1997 Sam’s debut feature film, The Well was nominated for a remarkable eleven Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards and went on to screen at over 30 festivals worldwide. It was accepted into Official Competition at the 50th Cannes International Film Festival where it was nominated for the prestigious Palme d’Or.  In 2000, The Monkey’s Mask premiered at Toronto film festival and was followed by a third feature, L’Idole (2003), which Sam co-wrote with renowned Roman Polanski collaborator Gerard Brach (Repulsion, The Tenant, Frantic). Filmed on location in Paris, the French language picture was released internationally in 2003.


Samantha’s work is often described as visually sophisticated and she garners intense, natural performances from her actors. Abbie Cornish, Bojana Novavich, Jess Marais, Miranda Otto, Rebecca Gibney, Susie Porter, Leelee Sobieski, Kelly McGillis, Pamela Rabe, Marton Csorkas, and Eamon Farren are some actors she has worked with.

Sam has also worked in series television, working with Matchbox Pictures on the award winning children’s series, My Place 1 & 2 as well as All SaintsPacked to the Rafters, and most recently The Killing Field (telemovie 2014) and Carlotta (telemovie 2014)


In 2004 Samantha made her theatre debut with the confronting play 4:48 Psychosis by the British playwright Sarah Kane which opened to rave reviews at the Stables Theatre.


Sam continues to develop feature films including The Jungle, produced by Amanda Higgs, written by Alice Addison, My Green Buddy, with UK documentary filmmaker, Brian Hill, as well as the TV series, Night Games (based on the non fiction book by Anna Krien)

Samantha was Head of Directing at the Australian Film Television and Radio School in 2010 -2013 and has just completed her work as director on the telemovies CARLOTTA (with Jessica Marais) for the ABC and THE KILLING FIELD (with Rebecca Gibney) for Channel 7.


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