Justin Kurzel

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Justin Kurzel
Justin Kurzel Cannes 2015.jpg
Kurzel at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival
Born (1974-08-03) 3 August 1974 (age 42)
Gawler, South Australia
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Spouse(s) Essie Davis
Children 2

Justin Kurzel (born 3 August 1974 in Gawler, South Australia) is an Australian film director and screenwriter, known best for his work in the film Snowtown (2011), for which he won the AACTA Award for Best Direction. His 2015 film Macbeth was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[1] He is the director of the upcoming Assassin's Creed film, based on the video game franchise of the same name.

Kurzel is currently working on a film adaptation of True History of the Kelly Gang (2001), Peter Carey's Man Booker Prize-winning novel written from the viewpoint of legendary Australian bushranger and outlaw Ned Kelly.[2]

Kurzel is married to actress Essie Davis.[3]


Year Title Notes
2005 Blue Tongue Short film
2011 Snowtown AACTA Award for Best Direction
Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Direction
Nominated—Inside Film Award for Best Director
2013 The Turning Episode: "Boner McPharlin's Moll"
Nominated—AACTA Award for Best Direction
2015 Macbeth Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Director of a British Independent Film
Nominated—Cannes Film FestivalPalme d'Or
2016 Assassin's Creed[4]


  1. ^ "2015 Official Selection". Cannes Film Festival. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  2. ^ White, James (6 July 2015). "Justin Kurzel Developing True History Of The Kelly Gang", Empire. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Snowtown's Kurzel to direct Fassbender, Portman in big-screen Macbeth" by Karl Quinn, The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 May 2013
  4. ^ "Michael Fassbender's MacBeth Director to Helm Assassin's Creed Movie" by Jim Vejvoda, IGN, 29 April 2014

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