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 Supporting Actress for her role in The Eye of the Storm, and won the Film Critics Circle of Australia award in the same category. This film was the first time she worked with her father, director Fred Schepisi – that is, if you don’t count playing the role of the axe murdered baby in The Count of Jimmy Blacksmith. Her next appearance will be in Garth Davis’s feature Lion, starring Dev Patel.
Alexandra has appeared extensively in TV over the years, including favourites such as The Secret Life of Us, MDA, Underbelly and the ABC TV miniseries Devil’s Dust. She has also appeared on stage in some of Melbourne and Adelaide’s best theatre companies, including Melbourne Theatre Company productions Ray’s Tempest, A Doll’s House and most recently Queen Lear – in which, if you looked closely, you may have seen her growing baby kicking inside her. (Or you may have thought Cordelia just looked a little porky.)
Alexandra has directed two short films which have gone on to screen at festivals around the world. She was invited to participate in the Accelerator Program at the Melbourne International Film Festival with her first short, One Night. Her second short, Lois, starred Jacki Weaver and was shot in NSW and Greece. She was recently attached to direct her first feature film.