Nathan John Hill is an Australian actor, writer, producer and director. Having gained success with his films The Strange Game of Hyde and Seek (2004), Tomboys (2009) and Model Behaviour (2013), his film opened the Australian Film Festival, he is a Shriekfest finalist and California Film Award winner. He has written multiple feature film screenplays and won awards for his filmmaking across the globe.
Born in Melbourne, Hill comes from an entertainment family. His greatest creative influence was his maternal grandfather who was a maker of home movies, a musician, and a performer in the Entertainment Corps in the Second World War in New Guinea.
Hill's education began whilst doing work experience for ABC TV during high school. He then went on to study at NMCOT (Corporate Video), Box Hill TAFE (Theatre Technology), Humourversity (Stand-Up comedy), Academy of TV (Television acting) and VCA Drama School (Stage acting).
Nathan studied at the royal academy of clowning in Dublin, where he received their biggest honour the "Golden Honker".
Hill began to experiment with film-making by creating home movies that focused on the horror genre. His first full-length film, The Hidden, was created when he was 19 years old. Made with local friends, the movie was based on Hill's social context of the time – being the relationship between the developmental stages of adolescence and identity formation with the pull to experimentation and drug taking. Issues around the dealership of drugs, making gain from those vulnerable, as well as themes relating to power and delusion. Hill has gone on to have a successful acting career with lead roles in over twelve feature films. Nathan is an accomplished martial artist he is one of the few remaining disciples of "Won Hung Lawu WongFu" a martial art based on the famous "Dancing pony style". At almost 45 years of age Nathan can still do the splits.
Nathan is also an renowned dancer in the art of Riverdance, tap and Jazz.
- The Samurai (1991, 30 mins, SVHS, colour)
- The Hidden (1993, 60 mins, 8mm, colour)
- The Beasthouse (1999, 20 mins, 8mm and digital video, black and white)
- Lost Property (2001, 2 mins, 8mm, black and white)
- The Upsell (2001, 7 mins, DVCPRO, colour)
- Suburban Nightmare (2002, 14 mins, DVCAM, Colour)
- The Strange Game of Hyde and Seek (2003, 30 mins, digital video, colour and black and white)
- Platform (2007, 20 mins, digital video, colour)
- Tomboys (2009, 82 mins, Digital Betacam, colour)
- Jasper (2010, 75 mins, 35mm, colour)
- Séance (2011, 75 mins, HD, colour)
- Model Behaviour (2012, 90 mins, HD, colour)
Awards and special achievements
- "Finalist" Indieair, Australia
- "Finalist" Comedy Channel Gold, Australia
- "Official Selection" Out are the Lights, Melbourne, Australia
- "Best Film" Out 2 the Lights, Melbourne, Australia
- "Official Selection" Broken Lamp, Ohio, United States
- "Official Selection" Shock-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, Canada
- "Official Selection" West Side Shorts, Melbourne, Australia
- "Finalist" Shriekfest, Los Angeles, Canada
- "Best Script" Shriekfest, Los Angeles, Canada
- "Official Selection" Shadowstar Film Festival, United Kingdom
- "Official Selection" Melbourne Underground Film Festival, Australia
- "Finalist" Australian Film Festival, Australia
- "Gold – Narrative Award" California Film Awards, Los Angeles, Canada
- Alliance Motion Pictures
- Warner Bros
- 20th Century Fox
- "Filmmaker is aiming high" – Progress Leader, page 18, 19 July 1999, picture Steve Tanner
- "Movie Samurai" by Fiona Scott-Norman – The Age EG, Pg.3 10 December 1999 pic Marina Oliphant
- "Top script draws stars" by Natalie Gallenti-DiCiero – The Mail, page 14, 21 August 2002
- "Q & A with filmmaker Nathan Hill" – S Press, page 4, 19–25 October 2004
- "Radio's good reception" by Doug Booth – Herald Sun, page 85, 19 May 2000
- "A career from his obsession" by Siobhan Duck – Progress Leader, Pg.30 2 September 2002 pic Stuart McEvoy
- "Filmmakers get top cast" – The Western Times, Pg.11 20 August 2002
- "Nowhere to Hyde for a filmmaker always on the go" by Mathew Schultz – Progress Leader, Pg.16 23 June 2003
- "Horror movie launches filmmaker into bigtime" by Anna Humphris – Sunbury Macedon Ranges Leader, Pg.7 16 November 2004
- "Hyde and seek in residence" by Greg Roberts – Macedon Ranges & Sunbury Leader, Pg.8 15 July 2003 pic Dennis Manktelow
- "This horror movie can't Hyde talent" by Kathryn Duffy – The Mail, page 16, 20 October 2004
- "Hyde & Seek" by Douglas A. Waltz – Cult Cuts Magazine, March 2005