Alison Maclean (born 1958) is a Canadian film director of music videos, short films, television (episodes of Sex and the City, The Tudors, Homicide: Life on the Street), commercials and feature films. Her works include the music video Torn (Natalie Imbruglia, 1998), the short film Kitchen Sink (1989) and the feature films Jesus' Son (1999) (starring Billy Crudup) and Crush (1992) (starring Marcia Gay Harden).
Alison Maclean was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, in 1958, to New Zealand-born parents, and emigrated to New Zealand with her parents as a teenager, later graduating from the Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland, in film and sculpture.
Her first short film, Kitchen Sink, a surreal suburban nightmare, debuted in Cannes in 1989 and won eight international awards. Maclean moved to New York in 1992. Her film Crush was entered into the 1992 Cannes Film Festival. After several years developing projects she got her second feature, Jesus' Son (1999), starring Billy Crudup and Samantha Morton (with Holly Hunter, Dennis Hopper, Denis Leary and Jack Black in supporting roles). The film is based on the short story collection by cult US writer Denis Johnson.
In association with Scenarios USA, Alison Maclean is directing the winner of New York "What's the REAL DEAL" contest for 12- to 22-year-olds,
- The Rehearsal (2016)
- Alison Maclean at the Internet Movie Database.
- Interview with Indywire by Anthony Kaufman.
- "An interview with Alison Maclean on Kitchen Sink", 1998 interview with Richard Raskin from P.O.V.
- "The Mother of Jesus' Son; A Talk with Director Alison Maclean" by Rod Armstrong at reel.com.
- Cingular Wireless; "Battle" August 17, 2006 from adweek.com
- Short bio and reel of Alison Maclean
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