In 1997 Sam’s debut feature film, The Well was nominated for a remarkable eleven Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards and went on to screen at over 30 festivals worldwide. It was accepted into Official Competition at the 50th Cannes International Film Festival where it was nominated for the prestigious Palme d’Or. In 2000, The Monkey’s Mask premiered at Toronto film festival and was followed by a third feature, L’Idole (2003), which Sam co-wrote with renowned Roman Polanski collaborator Gerard Brach (Repulsion, The Tenant, Frantic). Filmed on location in Paris, the French language picture was released internationally in 2003.
When a young Australian actress (Leelee Sobieski) moves into a Paris apartment, her neighbours take notice, for various reasons – not always benign. But it is the man across the landing, the elderly Chinaman, Mr Zao (James Hong) who walks into her apartment and her life, gently insinuating himself and trying to find a connection even as he tries to befriend the girl, who seems intent on suicide.
THE MONKEY'S MASK
A lesbian private detective dives head first into murder, manipulation and the consuming power of sex.
Combining the celebrated talents of Pamela Rabe and Miranda Otto, The Well is a haunting tale of two very opposite women living together on a farm in outback Australia who are torn apart by desperation and greed.
What if you could get someone to act out the sexual fantasies you couldn’t tell your husband you had? A dramedy about a couple with intimacy issues and how they solve them.
How many working class Aussie boys grow up to be showgirls?
While many know her face,
few have heard the real story of Australia’s most famous transsexual.
THE KILLING FIELD
An Australian mystery-thriller produced for Channel Seven Network.
Adapted from the award-winning children's book of the same name, My place is the story of the children who live in the very same spot in Australia over 130 years.