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Alison Maclean

Writer/director ALISON MACLEAN grew up in Canada and New Zealand, moving to New York in 1992. Her NZ shorts include Kitchen Sink (1989) which won eight international awards. Crush, her debut feature, starring Marcia Gay Harden, showed in competition at Cannes in 1992.

Jesus' Son, adapted from the acclaimed Denis Johnson book and starring Billy Crudup and Samantha Morton, showed in competition at the Venice film festival in 1999, winning the Baby Lion.  In 2004, Alison co-directed Persons of Interest (Sundance 2003), a documentary about Muslim detainees held in NY after 9/11.  Her latest film, The Rehearsal, based on Booker-prize winner, Eleanor Catton’s first novel, filmed in NZ with James Rolleston and Kerry Fox. It premiered at TIFF in 2016 and played at NYFF and LIFF.   Her episodic TV work includes Subway StoriesSex and the CityThe L-WordCarnivaleThe Tudors, Gossip Girl and the forthcoming The WildsShe has continued to direct shorts, including Intolerable and The Professor.