I make films to be humbled by the immensity of others - to explore what it is to be alive - to chart the chasms between people as well as the things that bind and ignite us. The intimate and circuitous human relationships forged during the filmmaking process is everything to me and hopefully each of the films screening in this program are as pure a manifestation of those relationships as possible.
Amiel Courtin-Wilson’s first feature documentary CHASING BUDDHA (1999) premiered at Sundance in 2000 and won a slew of awards across Australia including Best Documentary at both the Sydney Film Festival and the Inside Film Awards. His other films include the multi-award winning feature documentary BASTARDY (2008), and CICADA (2009) which was selected as part of Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in 2009. Amiel's first dramatic feature film HAIL (2011) premiered at Venice International Film Festival in 2011, was lauded by critics such as Adrian Martin as being the best Australian Film of 2011 and won the Age Critics Award for Best Australian Feature Film at the Melbourne International Film Festival, as well as best film at Fantasia International Film Festival and Fantaspoa International Film Festival. Amiel's most recent feature film RUIN, co-directed with Michael Cody premiered at the 2013 Venice Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Prize as part of the Orizzonti section of the festival and has gone on to win awards for Best Cinematography at the 2Morrow Moscow International Film Festival and Best Editing at the 56th Asian Pacific Film Festival.