Nadia Tass

After pursuing an academic career in Arts and Education, Tass began acting and later directing classical and contemporary theatre in Melbourne. She directed her first feature film, MALCOLM, in 1986.  Since then Tass has directed the Australian features RIKKY AND PETE (87), THE BIG STEAL (89), MR RELIABLE (97), AMY (98), MATCHING JACK (10).  AMY received 23 international awards including Best Film at the Paris Film Festival (99), Grand Prix de Cinecole at Cannes Film Festival (99), Grand Prix Cannes Junior (99) and the Humanitarian Award at Asia Pacific Film Festival.  In 2011 Tass was honoured with the Best Director award at Milan International Film Festival for MATCHING JACK, where the film also received Best Film and Best Screenplay awards.

Nadia’s work in the US includes PURE LUCK (91) for Universal Studios, THE MIRACLE WORKER (00) for Disney, CHILD STAR: THE SHIRLEY TEMPLE STORY (01) for Disney, UNDERCOVER CHRISTMAS (03) for CBS Network, SAMANTHA: AN AMERICAN GIRL HOLIDAY (04), and FELICITY: AN AMERICAN GIRL ADVENTURE (05) for The WB (Warner Bros), and CUSTODY for Jaffe Braunstein Films.  She also directed STARK (93), a mini series for The BBC/ABC television.

She has continued her relationship with commercial and subsidised theatre by directing for the Melbourne Theatre Company, and in 2002/2003 directed the musical theatre production of ³The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, which toured Australia and New Zealand. Nadia¹s work was rewarded with a nomination for BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL 2003 at the prestigious Sir Robert Helpmann Awards.  Recently, Tass has directed “The Gronholm Method” (2010) and “The Aliens” (2011) for Melbourne’s THE RED STITCH ACTORS’ THEATRE, and “Three Women In An Ice-cream Cone” (2010) at London’s Kings Head Theatre.

Through her production company, Cascade Films, Tass combines the roles of Producer and Director.  One of her key assets is her ability to develop ideas and first draft scripts into shooting drafts.  Nadia’s literary background holds her in good stead in this intricate complex process.