KATE WOODS

REEL

REEL

Reel produced by : Rodrigo Balart

Biography

Kate’s extensive directing career spans almost 30 years, and includes a number of mini series, telemovies, pilots, series television and a multi award-winning feature film.

She began her career at the acclaimed Australian Broadcasting Corporation. For her work on the series Phoenix,she was nominated twice for Best Director in Television Drama at the Australian Film Institute Awardsand won Best Episode in a Series. Her episodes in Phoenix and its sequel Janus were nominated an additional three times for Best Episode in a Series. Other series include Corelli for which she did the pilot, and one of her episodes received a BANFF International Award for Best Episode in a Television Series, Police Rescue, Mercury Raw FM, Wildside, Heartland, Jim Hensen’s Sci-Fi series Farscape, MDA and telemovies Blackjack and The Feds.

Kate’s direction of the miniseries Simone de Beauvoir’s Babies was nominated for a BANFF award for Best International Television Award and five AFI Awards including Best Mini Series and was awarded Best Actor and Actress. Her other mini-series for the ABC are The Farm, which received an AFI nomination for Best Actress and Changi, a six hour mini series which was nominated for three AFI Awards including Best Mini series and a world silver medal for Best Mini Series from The New York Festivals and the first place Gold Camera Award from the US International Film and Video Festival.

Kate has worked with many acclaimed actors such as Geoffrey Rush, Anthony LaPaglia and Hugh Laurie and includes the great privilege of introducing Cate Blanchett and Hugh Jackman to the screen.

Her vast experience in Television Drama culminated in being honored by the Australian Director’s Guild in 2008 with the Michael Carson Award for Excellence In Television Drama Direction, the second ever recipient of a lifetime achievement award for television directing in Australia.

Kate’s first feature, Looking For Alibrandi was nominated for eight AFI Awards, including Best Director and winning five of those including Best film, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress and Best Editing. That year it was also nominated for seven Film Critics Circle of Australia awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Editing. It went on to tour extensively in festivals. In 2010 it was declared an Australian Classic Film.

She is the only director to have appeared on both Australia top Film Directors and top Television Directors’ lists.

Kate has worked almost exclusively in the US since 2006 on prestigious network dramas such as Nashville, NCIS: LA, House M.D, Bones, Castle, Law and Order SVU and Private Practice. Her cable dramas include Covert Affairs, Suits and Rizzoli and Isles. In 2012 she directed the pilot for the NBC series, Camp.

Most recently she has completed a webisode comedy series Mychonny Moves In based on the characters created by U-tube comedian John Luc, whose has a million subscribers across 5 channels.

Kate has several feature films in development, including On the Jellicoe Road, based on the book by Melina Marchetta, which won the International Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. It is scheduled to go into production in 2015.

Scene Selections

Shark ‘The Wrath of Khan’

DRAMA

Shark  ‘The Wrath of Khan’ : Stark Negotiates with Khan

Castle

COMEDY

Castle – ‘Dial M for Murder’ :  Castle is saved from seduction

COMEDY

Castle – ‘Dial M for Murder’ :   King Lear

Simone de Beauvoir’s Babies

MUSIC

Simone de Beauvoir’s Babies – Episode 2  :  Love making sequence.

Changi– Gordon’s Will

MUSIC

Changi– Gordon’s Will : Fantasy dance sequence

DRAMA

Changi– Gordon’s Will : Gordon salutes

Private Practice

DRAMA

Private Practice – ‘Contamination’ :  Cooper loses Michael

COMEDY

Private Practice – ‘Contamination’ :  The just sex part

 

 

 

 

Hawaii Five-O ‘‘Ki’ilua’

ACTION

Hawaii Five O – ‘Ki’ilua’ : Ambush

ACTION

Hawaii Five O – ‘Ki’ilua’ : Steve is rescued

ACTION

Hawaii Five O – ‘Ki’ilua’ :  Steve escapes

 

Lie To Me ‘Smoked’

DRAMA

Lie To Me ‘Smoked’ : Interrogation

DRAMA

Lie To Me ‘Smoked’ : Family reunion

 

 

Suits

COMEDY

Suits – ‘Bail Out’ :  Lewis and Harvey

Covert Affairs

ACTION

Covert Affairs – ‘Communication Breakdown’ :  Blind Auggie fights on train

NCIS:LA – Personal

ACTION

NCIS:LA – Personal : Shoot out with Callan and Sam.

ACTION

NCIS:LA – Personal : Car and foot chase

ACTION

NCIS:LA – Black Widow : Chase

 

 

Camp

COMEDY

Camp – Pilot :  Float By

Nashville

DRAMA

Nashville – ‘It Must Be You’ : Charlotte at the Bluebird café

DRAMA

Nashville – ‘It Must Be You’ : Megan and Deakin at the piano

MUSIC

Nashville – ‘It Must Be You’ : Song montage

Looking For Alibrandi

FEATURE FILM

Looking For Alibrandi: Trailer

FEATURE FILM

Looking For Alibrandi : Funeral sequence

FEATURE FILM

Looking For Alibrandi : Josie and her Dad

House – MD

DRAMA

House: MD ‘The confession’ : House and the Truth

COMEDY

COMEDY : House: MD ‘The confession’ :  House discovers babies

 

Awards

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

AUSTRALIA DIRECTOR’S GUILD 2008

Won:  Michael Carson Award for Excellence In Television Drama Direction

LOOKING FOR ALIBRANDI– Feature film

AUSTRALIAN FILM AWARDS 2000
Won:  Best Film
Won:  Best Adapted Screenplay
Won:  Best Actress in a Lead Role
Won:  Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Won:  Best Editing
Nominated:  Best Achievement in Direction
Nominated:  Best Actress in a Supporting Role (second nomination)
Nominated:  Best Achievement in Cinematography
Nominated:  Best Achievement in Production Design

FILM CRITICS CIRCLE OF AUSTRALIA 2000
Won:  Best Supporting Actress
Won:  Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated:  Best Film
Nominated:  Best Director
Nominated:  Best Actress
Nominated:  Best Supporting Actor
Nominated:  Best Supporting Actress (second nomination)
Nominated:  Best Editing

IF AWARDS 2000
Nominated:  Best Film
Nominated:  Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated:  Best Actress
Nominated:  Best Cinematography
Nominated:  Best Music

VARIETY CLUB OF AUSTRALIA AWARDS 2000
Nominated:  Heart Award for Direction

URBAN CINEFILE HOMORS LIST 2001
Won:  Outstanding Achievement as Director

CHANGI – Six part Mini-Series

US INTERNATIONAL FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL 2001
Won:  Gold Camera Award

NEW YORK FESTIVALS 2001
Won: World Silver for Best-Mini Series

AUSTRALIAN FILM INSTITUTE AWARDS 2001
Nominated:  Best Telefeature or Mini Series
Nominated:  Best Actor in Telefeature or Mini-Series
Nominated:  Best Screenplay in a TV Drama

TV WEEK LOGIE AWARDS 2002
Won:  Most Outstanding Mini-Series/ Telemovie
Nominated:  Most Outstanding Actor
Nominated:  Most Outstanding Actor (Second Nomination).

THE FARM – Three part Mini-Series

AUSTRALIAN FILM INSTITUTE AWARDS 2001
Nominated:  Best Actress in a telefeature/Mini-Series

TV WEEK LOGIE AWARDS 2002
Nominated: Most outstanding Mini–series/Telemovie

SIMONE de BEAUVOIR’S BABIES – Four part Mini-series

BANFF INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION FESTIVAL  1997
Nominated:  Best Mini-Series

AUSTRALIAN FILM INSTITUTE AWARDS 1997
Won:  Most Outstanding Mini-Series
Won:  Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Television Drama
Won:  Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Television Drama
Nominated:  Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Television Drama (second nomination)
Nominated:  Best Screenplay in a Television Drama

ATOM FILM AND TELEVISION 1997
Won:  Best Mini-Series

SPOONS – Episode in CORELLI – 10 part Drama Series

BANFF INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION FESTIVAL  1996
Nominated:  Best Episode in a Continuing Series

FIT TO PLEAD – Episode in JANUS – 26 part Drama Series

Won:  Human Rights Award 1995

NOT ON THE MERITS – Episode in JANUS

AUSTRALIAN FILM INSTITUTE AWARDS 1995
Nominated:  Best Episode in a Television Drama Series
Nominated:  Best Actress in a Television Drama Series
Nominated:  Best Screenplay in a Television Drama Series

WITHOUT CONSENT – Episode in JANUS

AUSTRALIAN FILM INSTITUTE AWARDS 1995
Nominated:  Best Episode in a Television Drama

DECOY – Episode in ESCAPE FROM JUPITER

10 part Children’s Drama Series

AUSTRALIAN FILM INSTITUTE AWARDS 1994
Nominated:  Best Children’s Television Drama

FITNESS TEST – Episode in ESCAPE FROM JUPITER

AUSTRALIAN FILM INSTITUTE AWARDS 1994
Nominated:  Best Children’s Television Drama

UNDER SEIGE – Episode in PHOENIX

13 part Drama Series – Season 2

AUSTRALIAN FILM INSTITUTE AWARDS 1993
Won:  Best Episode in a Television Drama Series
Nominated:  Best Achievement in Direction in a Television Drama Series

FOND MEMORIES – Episode in PHOENIX

13 part Drama Series – Season 1

AUSTRALIAN FILM INSTITUTE AWARDS 1992
Nominated:  Best Episode in a Television Drama Series
Nominated:  Best Achievement in Direction in a Television Drama Series
Nominated:  Best Screenplay in a Television Drama Series
Nominated:  Best Actress in a Television Drama Series

Upcoming Projects

 

On The Jellicoe Road
On The Jellicoe Road is a feature film adapted by Melina Marchetta and Kate Woods based on Melina’s novel of the same name which won the 2009 Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in Young Adult Literature.  It is a story that deals with identity and belonging through a journey of mystery, tragedy, friendship and love. Slated for production early 2015.

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Mychonny Moves In
In post-production.   A  6 part webisode series based on characters created by comedian John Luc,  a phonenomlly successful U-Tuber,  who has a million subscribers worldwide across five channels. It follows MyChonny and his family, who move in with a relative after being evicted from their home and pursued by police – a relative who just happens to be Australia’s first Asian Prime Minister.

USA & Australia Agent Contacts.