Alison Maclean

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Alison Maclean
Born (1958-07-31) July 31, 1958 (age 60)
OccupationFilm director
Years active1989-present

Alison Maclean (born July 31, 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).

Early life[edit]

Maclean was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, to New Zealand-born parents, and immigrated to New Zealand with her parents as a teenager, later graduating from the Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland, in film and sculpture.[1]


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.[2] 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.

She is represented by Park Pictures in New York.[3]

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,[4]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "Alison Maclean", NZONSCREEN
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Crush". Retrieved 2009-08-14.
  3. ^ Park Pictures.
  4. ^ ""What's the Real Deal?" Winners Announced" Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine., July 11, 2006, Youth Media Distribution

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