Amiel Courtin-Wilson is one of the most prolific, innovative and critically acclaimed Australian filmmakers of his generation.
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 more recently his films have screened at the Whitney Museum, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, National Gallery of Victoria, MONA, Yale, GOMA, the Gallery of New South Wales and ACMI (The Australian Centre for the Moving Image). Amiel has also lectured at UCLA with Peter Sellars, AFTRS, Johns Hopkins University and he is a contributor to film and art journalsincluding IF Magazine and the Monthly Magazine.
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.
After forming the production entity Flood Projects in 2008, Amiel’s feature documentary, BASTARDY won 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. Amiel’s most recent solo exhibition of drawing, photography and video work THE AMERICAN EXPERIMENT was at The Gertrude Contemporary Art Space in 2015.
His dramatic feature film debut HAIL premiered in competition at the Venice Film Festival, (Orizzonti, 2011) screened at over thirty film festivals, won many awards internationally and was named best Australian film of 2012 by critic Adrian Martin in the Monthly Magazine, as well as the Age Critics Award for best Australian feature at the Melbourne International Film Festival.
Amiel’s co-directed feature film RUIN won the Special Jury Prize in the Orizzonti competition of the Venice Film Festival in 2013, screened at over thirty film festivals including KarlovyVary, Rotterdam and Munich as well as winning awards for Best Direction (Fantaspoa Film Festival), Best Film (Sopot Film Festival 2015), Best Cinematography (Moscow Message to Man Film Festival) and Best Editing (Asia Pacific Film Awards).
Amiel was also commissioned to create CARSON a short film for the 70th Anniversary of the Venice Film Festival as part of the Future Reloaded program alongside directors such as Bernardo Bertolucci, Claire Denis and Monte Hellman.
In 2014 he received the AFTRS Creative Fellowship for his 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. THE SILENT EYE has gone on to screen at Rotterdam, MONA, Melbourne International Film Festival and continues to tour both film festivals and museums.
Also in 2016, Amiel won the National Portrait Gallery Award for Digital Portraiture with the video installation CHARLES, he directed BREAKING WAVES, an fifty minute two channel video 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 curated by James Hewison.
Amiel also recently joined BADFAITH a VR collective including video artists Shaun Gladwell and Daniel Crooks and he is developing several large scale installations, a feature film about funeral rituals called BREATH and he is currently in post production on his latest feature film The Empyrean which will premiere in 2018.
Amiel is passionate about mentoring emerging filmmakers and he is currently executive producer on the feature films Friends and Strangers by James Vaughn and Lightning Ridge directed by Alena Lodkina which will have its World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival in 2017.
Amiel was 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.