Cherie Nowlan

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Cherie Nowlan
Born Singleton, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation Director
Years active 1995–present

Cherie Nowlan (born Singleton, New South Wales,[1] Australia)[2] is an Australian film and television director, best known for the 2007 film Clubland (a.k.a. Introducing the Dwights)[1][3] and the 1997 film Thank God He Met Lizzie, starring Cate Blanchett and Frances O'Connor, her feature film directorial debut.[1]


Cherie Nowlan grew up in the country town of Singleton, Australia, and after working briefly as a journalist began a career in film and television. She worked as a production assistant, researcher and writer for various independent production companies, including Kennedy Miller, as well as in commercial television.[4]

Nowlan's first film was a documentary entitled God's Girls (1991),[5][6][7] about the nuns who taught in her former high school. The film won the Best Documentary prize at the Australian Film Institute Awards.[2] The ABC/BBC co-production was described by The Guardian in the UK as 'much more gripping than the fictional Brides Of Christ '. It was nominated for an Australian Film Institute Award and was a finalist in the Sydney Film Festival's Dendy Short Film Competition.[4]

Nowlan studied scriptwriting at the Australian Film Television and Radio School in 1993.[4]

Clubland, which starred Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn and rising star Emma Booth, sold to Warner Independent Pictures for $4.1 million,[8] after debuting at Sundance Film Festival.[3] The film generated standing ovations at Sundance,[8] and was nominated for eleven AFI awards, including Best Director and Best Actress.[3]

In 1995, she wrote and directed the short film Lucinda 31, which was screened in film festivals in New York City and Brisbane, where it was voted Most Popular Film at the 1995 Brisbane Exposure Festival.[4] The script was an adaptation of a short story by Alexandra Long.[4]

She has also had a career in television, directing episodes of The Secret Life of Us, All Saints, Dance Academy, Packed to the Rafters and the American series Life Unexpected and 90210. As well as the television films Marking Time (2003),[8] Small Claims (2004), The Alice (2005), Small Claims: White Wedding (2007), Underbelly Files: The Man Who Got Away (2011) and Underbelly: Razor (2011).

Films and television[edit]

Nowlan's work includes the following:

Film Release date Cast
Murder in Manhattan 2013 Bridget Regan, Enver Gjokaj, Raúl Castillo
Underbelly Files: The Man Who Got Away 2013 Toby Schmitz, Claire van der Boom, Aaron Jeffery
Introducing the Dwights
(aka) Clubland
2007 Khan Chittenden, Emma Booth, Richard Wilson
Small Claims: White Wedding 2005 Claudia Karvan, Rebecca Gibney, Lisa Chappell
Small Claims 2004 Claudia Karvan, Rebecca Gibney, Robert Mammone
Marking Time 2004 Abe Forsythe, Geoff Morrell, Elena Carapetis
Thank God He Met Lizzie 1997 Richard Roxburgh, Cate Blanchett, Frances O'Connor
God's Girls 1991
Television Release date Cast
The Messengers 2015 Shantel VanSanten, Sofia Black-D'Elia, Joel Courtney
The Mysteries of Laura 2015 Debra Messing, Laz Alonso, Josh Lucas
Suits 2014 Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle
Rake 2014 Greg Kinnear, John Ortiz, Miranda Otto
Grey's Anatomy 2013 Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson
Mistresses 2013 Alyssa Milano, Jes Macallan, Rochelle Aytes
90210 20011-13 Shenae Grimes-Beech, Tristan Wilds, AnnaLynne McCord
Gossip Girl 2011 Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley
Underbelly: Razor 2011 Caroline Craig, Marcus Shultz, Paul Tassone
Crownies 2011 Todd Lasance, Hamish Michael, Ella Scott Lynch
Life Unexpected 2010 Shiri Appleby, Kristoffer Polaha, Britt Robertson
Packed to the Rafters 2009-10 Rebecca Gibney, Erik Thomson, Michael Caton
Dance Academy 2010 Jordan Rodrigues, Xenia Goodwin, Alicia Banit
All Saints 2008-09 Judith McGrath, Georgie Parker, John Howard
The Secret Life of Us 2002 Deborah Mailman, David Tredinnick, Samuel Johnson
Everyman 1992 Peter France, Jenni Murray, Vanya Kewley


  1. ^ a b c Dawson, Nick (4 Jul 2007). "Cherie Nowlan, Introducing The Dwights". Filmmaker. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c RGM Artists Cherie Nowlan. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e Cherie Nowlan at Cherie Nowlan. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  5. ^ Ronin Films GOD'S GIRLS: Stories from an Australian Convent. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  6. ^ Australian Screen God’s Girls: Stories from an Australian Convent. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  7. ^ Artfilms God's Girls: Stories from an Australian Convent. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  8. ^ a b c Urban Cinephile NOWLAN, CHERIE - CLUBLAND. (28 June 2007) Retrieved 14 March 2015.

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