Born in Australia in 1979, Amiel Courtin-Wilson made his debut at the Sundance Film Festival in 2000 with Chasing Buddha, which won many awards including Best Documentary at the Sydney Film Festival. A director and visual artist, he makes experimental films, exhibits works of video art at international exhibitions and been a guest lecturer at UCLA and at the National Gallery of Victoria. His film Bastardy won the award for Best Documentary at the Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards (FCCA) in 2009. The same year, his short film Cicadapremiered at Cannes in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs section. Amiel Courtin- Wilson participated in the Venice Film Festival in 2011 with his first feature-length film Hail: the film tells the true story of the ex-convict Daniel and his life partner Leanne, with both of the actual protagonists starring in the leading roles as themselves. Courtin-Wilson’s 2013 film Ruin was selected for the Venice Film Festival, where it won a Special Jury Prize.