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 44)
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Spouse(s)Essie Davis

Justin Dallas Kurzel[1] (born 3 August 1974) is an Australian film director and screenwriter.

Kurzel was born in Gawler, South Australia to a family of immigrant roots, his father hailing from Poland and his mother from Malta.[2] His younger brother, Jed Kurzel, is a blues rock musician who has scored most of Justin's films. Kurzel is married to actress Essie Davis.[3]

In 1999 he was awarded a Mike Walsh Fellowship. His feature film debut was the Australian film Snowtown (2011), for which he won the AACTA Award for Best Direction.

His 2015 film adaptation of William Shakespeare's Macbeth was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[4]

In 2016, Kurzel directed Assassin's Creed (2016), 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, Peter Carey's 2001 Man Booker Prize-winning novel written from the viewpoint of legendary Australian bushranger and outlaw Ned Kelly.[5]


Year Title Notes
2004[6] 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[7]
TBA True History of the Kelly Gang Post-production


  1. ^ "The Guild / Members | DGA". www.dga.org.
  2. ^ "An eye for tyrants". The Monthly. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Snowtown's Kurzel to direct Fassbender, Portman in big-screen Macbeth" by Karl Quinn, The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 May 2013
  4. ^ "2015 Official Selection". Cannes Film Festival. Archived from the original on 18 April 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  5. ^ White, James (6 July 2015). "Justin Kurzel Developing True History Of The Kelly Gang", Empire. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  6. ^ http://www.stockholmfilmfestival.se/en/festival/2005/film/blue_tongue
  7. ^ "Michael Fassbender's MacBeth Director to Helm Assassin's Creed Movie" by Jim Vejvoda, IGN, 29 April 2014

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