Di Drew has enjoyed an illustrious and award-winning career in Australia as a film and television drama director and Producer. She is a recipient of the Australian Director’s Guild Award (ADG) “in recognition of consistent excellence in the art screen direction in feature film and television”.
Her impressive body of work includes feature films, telemovies, television series and serials, children’s films, short films, documentaries and theatre. Her films have gained both local and international recognition from some of the most prominent film festivals around the world including the Grand Jury Prize at the Kinderfilmfest in Japan, the Jury Award at the Chicago Film Festival and competition in Berlin, Turin, Monterey, the Priz Jeunesse and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She has directed hundreds of hours of Australian drama series and worked with an elite list of international and Australian actors for both stage and screen.
As a Producer, Di brought the Seven Network’s Australian drama series All Saints to the number one position as Australia’s Most Popular Program achieving two gold Logies, seven Silver Logies and being twice awarded the double Logie for Australia’s Most Popular Drama and Program.
She is a graduate of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) with a major in Film Direction and returned there later in her career as Head of Directing. In 2009 she was appointed the inaugural Head of Screen at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). Di is a gifted and much respected teacher and has taught extensively at universities, drama schools and screen academies across the country and continues to support and mentor emerging young artists across all aspects of her expertise. She has been an active member of the film community as a board member, chair, judge, selection panellist, script assessor, jury member and is currently Deputy Chair of ASDACS (Australian Screen Directors Authorship Society).
Di was recently accepted as a member of the prestigious Australian Society of Cinema Pioneers and awarded Life Time membership of the ADG (the Australian Directors Guild) in 2022. She moved to the Margaret River region over 2 years ago and is now involving herself in the arts community and currently teaches screen performance at WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts).