Canadian-born but New Zealand-raised, Maclean burst onto the scene in 1989 after her short film, Kitchen Sink, garnered global plaudits - winning eight awards at festivals worldwide as well as securing a Golden Palm nomination at the Cannes Film Festival.
Maclean followed Kitchen Sink with two highly successful feature films: Crush, which was an official selection at Cannes, and Jesus’ Son, which won the Little Gold Lion at the Venice Film Festival, as well as securing Alison a Best Director nomination.
Since then Alison’s work has grown to include, longform broadcast, commercials and shorts. Longform work includes episodes of critically acclaimed series Sex and the City, Carnivale, The Tudors, The L-Word, and Gossip Girl. Within commercials she has directed films for clients including, IKEA, Intel, AT&T, amongst others.
Alison’s arrival at Robber’s Dog comes after the completion of her latest feature, The Rehearsal. The film is based on the novel by Booker Prize-winning author Eleanor Catton, which she says reignited her interest in Australasian creative: “Having lived in Sydney for four years and been raised in New Zealand, I have a strong connection to the area that I’d like to rekindle. I had a great experience working in Auckland this past year making The Rehearsal, and I’m keen to consolidate the relationships I formed and create new ones.”
Alison continues: “A couple of friends and colleagues in the industry recommended Robber’s Dog. I like the size of the company – they’re selective and everyone is invested. Plus, I appreciate the range of their work and interests, from advertising to branded content and TV drama.”
Maclean is represented by Park Pictures in the US & Europe.