Entering the film industry aged 17, Stephan became a director at age 26 with the Cannes 1993 entrant Frauds, starring Phil Collins and Hugo Weaving. He has since directed films including The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Welcome to Woop Woop.
His 2nd feature was written in 14 days en route to Cannes. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) became one of the most successful Aussie films of all time, gathering an Oscar, BAFTA, AFI Writers Guild and Golden Globe awards.
After making the black comedy Welcome to Woop Woop (1996) and the thriller Eye of the Beholder (1999) he accidently skied off the French Alps, breaking his pelvis, legs and back.
After 4 years of recuperation, Stephan returned with Priscilla The Musical and Easy Virtue (2008). He completed his first Aussie movie in 17 years, A Few Best Men, starring Twilight’s Xavier Samuels and Olivia Newton John, and is currently shooting the feature Rio I Love You – the follow up to the hugely successful PARIS, je t’aime in Brazil.