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Nadia Tass (born 1956) is a Greek-born Australian film director, producer and actress, originally from Florina, Macedonia, northern Greece, who moved to Australia in the 1960s. She began her career as an actress appearing in the television series Prisoner. Tass has developed into one of Australia's most respected and exceptional filmmakers with her films being responsible for twenty-three Australian Film Institute (AFI) nominations, while garnering eight wins including Best Film and Best Director. She has also directed plays in Australia including Miss Bosnia, Cosi and Summer of the Aliens.

Nadia Tass

Nadia Tass is married to fellow Australian director David Parker.

Feature films as director

Malcolm (1986)
Rikky and Pete (1988)
The Big Steal (1990)
Pure Luck (1991)
Mr. Reliable (1996)
Amy (1997)
Samantha: An American Girl Holiday (2004)
Felicity: An American Girl Adventure (2005)
Matching Jack (2010)
Fatal Honeymoon (2012)

Theatre director

In 2016, Tass directed the Ensemble Theatre production of Jane Cafarella's e-baby.[1] It was the Sydney premiere of the play,[2] which was first seen at Melbourne's Chapel Off Chapel theatre in 2015.[3][4] Tass described the work as "a play for today – the advances in medicine create a new world that allows new possibilities – in e-baby we enter that world and explore the raw truth, the unbridled joy and the paradox of surrogacy through a carefully woven story of love, generosity and a newborn child."[5] The two actors, Danielle Carter and Gabrielle Scawthorn were described as bringing "such life to their roles" and being "utterly believable – in equal parts loveable and frustrating – [so that] the heartbreak, when it comes, is visceral."[2] The play was also praised for touching "on most of the biological, technical, ethical and legal aspects [of gestational surrogacy] in the play's 95 minutes ... without the loud sound of boxes being ticked."[1]
References

Blake, Jason (20 October 2016). "E-Baby review: Gestational clock ticks on tale of ethical complexity". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
Sebag-Montefiore, Clarissa (27 October 2016). "E-baby review – an endearing but haphazard romp into the complex world of surrogacy". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
My, Myron (8 March 2015). "REVIEW: Jane Cafarella's E-BABY: A tale of two women". theatrepress.com.au. Theatre Press. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
Tobin, Patricia (16 March 2015). "Review: e-baby". performing.artshub.com.au. Performing Arts Hub. Retrieved 29 October 2016.

Tass, Nadia (2016). "Director's Note". In Ensemble Theatre (ed.). Ensemble Theatre Program (13 October 2016 – 13 November 2016): e-baby by Jane Cafarella (PDF). Ensemble Theatre. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 October 2016. Retrieved 29 October 2016.

External links

Nadia Tass at IMDb
Nadia Tass at Cascade Films

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Films directed by Nadia Tass

Malcolm (1986) Rikky and Pete (1988) The Big Steal (1990) Pure Luck (1991) Mr. Reliable (1996) Amy (1997) The Miracle Worker (2000) Undercover Christmas (2003) Samantha: An American Girl Holiday (2004) Felicity: An American Girl Adventure (2005) Custody (2007) Matching Jack (2010) Fatal Honeymoon (2012) An American Girl: Lea to the Rescue (2016)

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AACTA Award for Best Direction

Peter Weir (1971) Tim Burstall (1972) Eric Porter (1973) John Power (1974/1975) Fred Schepisi (1976) Bruce Beresford (1977) Phillip Noyce (1978) Gillian Armstrong (1979) Bruce Beresford (1980) Peter Weir (1981) George Miller (1982) Carl Schultz (1983) Paul Cox (1984) Ray Lawrence (1985) Nadia Tass (1986) John Duigan (1987) Vincent Ward (1988) Fred Schepisi (1989) Ray Argall (1990) Jocelyn Moorhouse (1991) Baz Luhrmann (1992) Jane Campion (1993) Rolf de Heer (1994) Michael Rymer (1995) Scott Hicks (1996) Bill Bennett (1997) Rowan Woods (1998) Gregor Jordan (1999) Andrew Dominik (2000) Ray Lawrence (2001) Ivan Sen (2002) Sue Brooks (2003) Cate Shortland (2004) Sarah Watt (2005) Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr (2006) Tony Ayres (2007) Elissa Down (2008) Warwick Thornton (2009) David Michôd (2010) Justin Kurzel (2011) Wayne Blair (2012) Baz Luhrmann (2013) Jennifer Kent (2014) George Miller (2015) Mel Gibson (2016) Garth Davis (2017) Warwick Thornton (2018) Jennifer Kent (2019) Shannon Murphy (2020)


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