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Ruth Cullen | Producer | Director

Ruth is known for her fearless and empathetic character portrayals and her willingness to seek out the untested.  Her films have screened at film festivals around the world.  As well as making films she has worked as: Industry Consultant to Screen Australia, Executive Producer (ABC - Arts & Entertainment) and is a former Head of Documentary at Australia’s premier film school AFTRS.  

About Ruth's previous projects:

The Dreamhouse ( Series Director & Writer)

The ground-breaking ABC series  which screened to wide acclaim and  followed the house-share of 3 people living with intellectual disabilities.

“Every so often a TV show comes along that changes the way we think about others, about society, about ourselves. The Dreamhouse is the latest addition to this tradition.”  


Paul Kalina, The Age 2014

You Only Live Twice – The Incredibly True Story of The Hughes Family (Producer)

The incredibly true story of the Hughes family for which Ruth won the 2010 AFI/AACTA (Australian Oscars) Award for Best Documentary.

The Tightrope Dancer and Painted Lady 

explored  the artist and adventurer, Vali Myers.

Both were released to widespread acclaim including a national theatrical release. 

Ruth met Vali in New York where she lived for 10 years, 4 of them at the Chelsea Hotel. 

“A privileged look into an extraordinary world guaranteed to make the boldest eccentric look like Kylie Minogue.”   


Michael Dwyer, Express     

About Men | TV Series

(Series Director & Writer)

Heat In the Kitchen

(Series Director & Cinematographer)

Launched the television careers of celebrity chef Luke Nguyen & gourmet farmer Matthew Evans.

Becoming Julia


Fast cars and a sex change followed a macho Aussie farmer through her gender transition.  It premiered to a standing ovation at the Sydney Film Festival and screened at festivals around the world.

“Excellent” – Herald Sun Melbourne

“Amazing, amusing and ultimately sad” – Who


“Just lovely” – The Sydney Morning Herald

“Whacky and weird”  – Kalgoolie Miner

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