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Alia Shawkat in Conversation


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It’s almost like that episode of Arrested Development when Maeby accompanies her father to an audition, and ends up becoming a film exec: Alia Shawkat is calling the shots.

Maeby Fünke, the droll teenage con-artist, was of course the role that made Shawkat famous. In the years since the original Arrested Development series wrapped, Shawkat has sought out offbeat roles in some great film and TV productions – including Whip It, Ruby Sparks, Drunk History and hilarious guest appearances on Portlandia and Broad City. But more recently, she’s been racking up writing and producing credits.

In the first season of cult TV comedy Search Party, she was both star and producer. For her recent film, Duck Butter, she’s star, executive producer and co-writer. Alongside her film and TV work, Shawkat dabbles in jazz singing and is an accomplished painter.

In Melbourne for the Ethan Hawke-directed biopic, Blaze, which is screening at MIFF, the funny and multi-talented Shawkat will talk to Lorin Clarke about her life, career and charting her own creative course.

MIFF Talks presented by the Age and Melbourne International Film Festival.


Alia Shawkat

Alia Shawkat is a highly sought after actress in both film and television. She most recently was seen starring in the second season of TBS’ breakout hit genre-bending mystery comedy, Search Party. The show, which premiered at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival as part of the Official TV Selection categor... Read more

Lorin Clarke

Lorin Clarke is a writer, director and broadcaster. She has written for stage, television, print and radio and is the television columnist for the Big Issue. Lorin co-presents the daily Stupidly Small podcast with Stew Farrell. Her play For We Are Young And Free was nominated for the Golden Gibbo Aw... Read more


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