Photoplay Films has announced the latest signing to its PLAYTIME roster, award-winning comedy and performance director Stef Smith.
The director behind the hilarious beer ad, ‘Lady Beer’ for Young Henrys, Smith also directed the off-the-wall comedy series The Lost Tapes for the ABC and Screen Australia as part of their Fresh Blood initiative.
Celebrated as a director with a keen eye for casting and a talent for extracting natural comedic moments, Smith’s experience as an actor and voice over artist has given her a keen instinct for performance direction.
Winner of Best Australian Short Film at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival (MQFF) 2019, Smith’s Create NSW and SBS funded short film Joy Boy has gone on to win six more awards including Best Director, Best Screenplay and Audience Choice Award at Freshflix, Vivid Sydney 2019. The film has just screened at Palm Springs International Shortfest and is also available at SBS on Demand.
Says Smith: “I’m friggin’ elated to be joining the Photoplay and Playtime team. They get me. And I don’t feel ‘got’ a lot. I’m a proud, sci-fi loving dork from the country with pink hair and the mouth of a sailor, and in my guts I love telling stories! Oh and I can sing every word to South Park’s Uncle Fucka”.
A recipient of the 2018 ADG Commercial and Content Mentorship program, Smith was selected by Create NSW to attend the MIFF Accelerator Director’s Lab and her narrative miniseries, Fish, shortlisted for a Sundance Lab, is currently in development with funding from Create NSW as part of its #SheDirects initiative.
Says Oliver Lawrance, executive producer, Photoplay: “Stef is awesome. Her wit hits you like a brick wall and it comes as no surprise that she’s incredibly talented as a comedy and performance director. She’s already had a pitch in from Wieden+Kennedy Portland and I have no doubt her directing career is going to skyrocket.”
To view Stef Smith’s directing reel click here.