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Alexandra Schepisi and Fred Schepisi


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Is creativity a product of nature or nurture? Or is it both? As part of our Relative States series, we’re presenting a pair who might just have some answers to these questions. The pair in question are a father and daughter from a particularly creative Australian family – the Schepisis.

Fred Schepisi is an acclaimed director, producer and screenwriter. His long list of film credits includes The Devil’s Playground, Roxanne, Evil Angels and The Eye of the Storm.

Alexandra Schepisi is a director, writer and actor who has worked in theatre, film and television. She has written, directed and produced two short films and has recently been approached to direct her first feature film. She has appeared on stage at Melbourne Theatre Company and has starred in several well-loved, high-rating Australian television series including The Secret Life of Us. Alexandra has also appeared in films directed by her father, notably in The Eye of the Storm in 2011.

In conversation with Melbourne broadcaster Alicia Sometimes, Fred and Alexandra will discuss their creative influences and process. They’ll discuss where their interests differ and converge, and what they have learned – as writers, thinkers and human beings – from each other.


Alicia Sometimes

Alicia Sometimes is an Australian poet, multi-media artist and broadcaster. She has performed her spoken word at many venues, festivals and events around the world. Her poems have been in Best Australian Science Writing, Best Australian Poems, Meanjin, Griffith Review, The Age and many more. She i... Read more

Alexandra Schepisi

Alexandra Schepisi has worked in Australian film, TV and theatre since 1994, graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1997. Her film credits include The Boys Are Back (dir. Scott Hicks) and Matching Jack (dir. Nadia Tass).  In 2011 she was nominated for an AACTA Award for Best Suppo... Read more

Fred Schepisi

Fred Schepisi (born in Melbourne, 1939) began his career in advertising in 1954. He joined Cinesound Films as Victorian Manager in 1964. Two years later, and in partnership, he renamed Cinesound as The Film House – Australia’s foremost commercial/industrial documentary company.  In 1973, Th... Read more


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