Amiel Courtin-Wilson is one of the most prolific and critically acclaimed Australian filmmakers of his generation.
At age 19, Amiel Courtin-Wilson's debut feature documentary, CHASING BUDDHA premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2000 and won best documentary at the IF Awards and the Sydney International Film Festival.
Having directed over 20 short films and six feature length films, Amiel has also directed work and collaborated with Opera Australia, Chunky Move contemporary dance company, his video installation work has toured at museums extensively across Asia (I THOUGHT I KNEW BUT I WAS WRONG, 2004) and his films have screened at the Whitney Museum, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, National Gallery of Victoria, MONA, GOMA, the Gallery of New South Wales and The Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Amiel has lectured at UCLA with Peter Sellars, AFTRS and he is also a contributor to film and art journals including IF Magazine, UN Magazine and the Monthly Magazine.
After forming the production entity Flood Projects in 2008, Amiel’s feature documentary, BASTARDY won the Best Documentary Jury Prize at the 2009 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards (FCCA), Best Documentary at the ATOM Awards, was released theatrically to critical acclaim across Australia and was nominated for three Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards.
Amiel’s short film CICADA premiered at Cannes Film Festival as part of Directors’ Fortnight in 2009 and won a slew of awards in Australia and internationally.
Amiel’s public installations under the moniker of OXO OVO were published in the worldwide survey of street art "The Art of Rebellion" (Gingko Press, 2003) and his first solo exhibition of drawings was at Utopian Slumps Gallery in Melbourne in 2009. In 2012, Amiel collaborated with the Black Lung Theatre Company on DOKU RAI which premiered at Darwin and Adelaide Arts Festivals to great critical acclaim. Amiel's most recent solo exhibition of drawing and video work THE AMERICAN EXPERIMENT was at The Gertrude Contemporary Art Space in 2015.
His dramatic feature film debut HAIL had its international premiere in competition at the Venice Film Festival (Orizzonti, 2011) won many awards internationally and was named best Australian film of 2012 by critic Adrian Martin, as well as the Age Critics Award for best Australian feature at the Melbourne International Film Festival.
Amiel's prose was published in the short story anthology Ten Years of Things that Didn't Kill Us (Paroxysm Press 2008), his public installations under the moniker of OXO OVO were published in the worldwide survey of street art "The Art of Rebellion" (Gingko Press, 2003) and his first solo exhibition of drawings was at Utopian Slumps Gallery in Melbourne in 2009. In 2012, Amiel collaborated with the Black Lung Theatre Company on DOKU RAI which premiered at Darwin and Adelaide Arts Festivals in 2012 to great critical acclaim. Amiel's most recent solo exhibition of drawing and video work THE AMERICAN EXPERIMENT at The Gertrude Contemporary Art Space received excellent reviews in late 2015.
Amiel's most recent feature film RUIN won the Special Jury Prize in the Orizzonti competition of the Venice Film Festival in 2013 and Amiel was recently commissioned to create CARSON a short film for the 70th Anniversary of the Venice Film Festival. In 2014 he received the AFTRS Creative Fellowship for an upcoming feature film about iconic jazz pianist Cecil Taylor. Also in 2014, Amiel exhibited a new video installation entitled “The Death of a King” at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Sydney as part of a Yoko Ono retrospective.
In 2016 Amiel directed THE SILENT EYE a feature length performance film collaboration with Cecil Taylor and Min Tanaka commissioned by the Whitney Museum. Also in 2016, Amiel won the National Portrait Gallery Award for Digital Portraiture with a video installation called CHARLES, he created BREAKING WAVES, an installation work about composer Percy Grainger for the Ian Potter Museum and a new video work at MUMA called UNDER THE WIRE for the 2016 Melbourne International Arts Festival with Rick Charnoski and curated by James Hewison.
Amiel is passionate about mentoring a range of emerging filmmakers and is currently executive producer on the feature film Lightning Ridge which will premiere at the Venice Film Festival in 2017 as part of the Venice College initiative. Amiel was also recently awarded the Byron Kennedy Award at the 4th AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) Awards in Australia in recognition of his commitment to innovation in Australian cinema over the last two decades.