Rachel Griffiths

Rachel Anne Griffiths is an Australian film and television actress. She came to prominence with the 1994 film Muriel's Wedding and her Academy Award nominated performance in Hilary and Jackie (1998). She is best known for her portrayals of Brenda Chenowith in the HBO series Six Feet Under and Sarah Walker Laurent on the ABC primetime drama Brothers & Sisters. Her work in film and television has earned her a Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and three Australian Film Institute Awards. Griffith attended Melbourne University, studying philosophy, before attending the drama department at Victoria School of the Art.  After college, she began working with the touring youth company Woolly Jumpers Theater Company, as well as the Melbourne Theater Company, where she appeared in numerous dramas.   Griffiths made a name for herself in 1991 when she wrote and performed in the short film "Barbie Gets Hip,” which was screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival. She landed a few TV spots before she was cast as Rhonda, Toni Collette's sidekick in P.J. Hogan's "Muriel's Wedding" (1994), winning her an Australian Film Institute Award for Best Supporting Actress. These successes jump-started her career, landing her numerous dramatic and comedic roles in overseas productions, before making her American cinema debut with her second P.J. Hogan collaboration, "My Best Friend's Wedding” (1997). In the fall of 2001, Griffiths accepted her first major television ...

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Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

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Author P.L. Travers looks back on her childhood while reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Lee Hancock
CAST:  Emma Thompson  •  Tom Hanks  •  Colin Farrell  •  Paul Giamatti

Author P.L. Travers looks back on her childhood while reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Lee Hancock
CAST:  Emma Thompson  •  Tom Hanks  •  Colin Farrell  •  Paul Giamatti

Blow (2001)

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A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes bankrupt. George does not ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ted Demme
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Ethan Suplee  •  Ray Liotta

A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes bankrupt. George does not ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ted Demme
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Ethan Suplee  •  Ray Liotta

Divorcing Jack (1998)

He's Irish, he's ageing, he drinks, is a touch cynical and when he has time writes a newspaper column. On the eve of the country's first election as an independent state, Dan Starkey's life is about to change after he finds the young woman he has just made love to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Caffrey
CAST:  David Thewlis  •  Rachel Griffiths  •  Jason Isaacs  •  Laura Fraser

He's Irish, he's ageing, he drinks, is a touch cynical and when he has time writes a newspaper column. On the eve of the country's first election as an independent state, Dan Starkey's life is about to change after he finds the young woman he has just made love to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Caffrey
CAST:  David Thewlis  •  Rachel Griffiths  •  Jason Isaacs  •  Laura Fraser

Jude (1996)

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In late 19th-century England, Jude aspires to be an academic, but is hobbled by his blue-collar background. Instead, he works as a stonemason and is trapped in an unloving marriage to a farmer's daughter named Arabella. But when his wife leaves him, Jude sees an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Winterbottom
CAST:  Kate Winslet  •  Christopher Eccleston  •  Liam Cunningham  •  Rachel Griffiths

In late 19th-century England, Jude aspires to be an academic, but is hobbled by his blue-collar background. Instead, he works as a stonemason and is trapped in an unloving marriage to a farmer's daughter named Arabella. But when his wife leaves him, Jude sees an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Winterbottom
CAST:  Kate Winslet  •  Christopher Eccleston  •  Liam Cunningham  •  Rachel Griffiths

Muriel's Wedding (1994)

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A young social outcast in Australia steals money from her parents to finance a vacation where she hopes to find happiness, and perhaps love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  P.J. Hogan
CAST:  Toni Collette  •  Bill Hunter  •  Rachel Griffiths  •  Sophie Lee

A young social outcast in Australia steals money from her parents to finance a vacation where she hopes to find happiness, and perhaps love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  P.J. Hogan
CAST:  Toni Collette  •  Bill Hunter  •  Rachel Griffiths  •  Sophie Lee

My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)

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When she receives word that her longtime platonic pal Michael O'Neal is getting married to debutante Kimberly Wallace, food critic Julianne Potter realizes her true feelings for Michael -- and sets out to sabotage the wedding.  (more)

DIRECTION:  P.J. Hogan
CAST:  Julia Roberts  •  Dermot Mulroney  •  Cameron Diaz  •  Rupert Everett

When she receives word that her longtime platonic pal Michael O'Neal is getting married to debutante Kimberly Wallace, food critic Julianne Potter realizes her true feelings for Michael -- and sets out to sabotage the wedding.  (more)

DIRECTION:  P.J. Hogan
CAST:  Julia Roberts  •  Dermot Mulroney  •  Cameron Diaz  •  Rupert Everett

Ned Kelly (2003)

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After getting threatened by Kelly's friends and family, Constable Fitzpatrick places the blame on Ned Kelly and exaggerates what happened. With the biggest ever award available, Kelly and his gang set into the wild, to remain hidden from everyone who seeks them. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregor Jordan
CAST:  Heath Ledger  •  Orlando Bloom  •  Geoffrey Rush  •  Naomi Watts

After getting threatened by Kelly's friends and family, Constable Fitzpatrick places the blame on Ned Kelly and exaggerates what happened. With the biggest ever award available, Kelly and his gang set into the wild, to remain hidden from everyone who seeks them. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregor Jordan
CAST:  Heath Ledger  •  Orlando Bloom  •  Geoffrey Rush  •  Naomi Watts

The Rookie (2002)

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Jim Morris never made it out of the minor leagues before a shoulder injury ended his pitching career twelve years ago. Now a married-with-children high-school chemistry teacher and baseball coach in Texas, Jim's team makes a deal with him: if they win the district ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Lee Hancock
CAST:  Dennis Quaid  •  Rachel Griffiths  •  Beth Grant  •  Angus T. Jones

Jim Morris never made it out of the minor leagues before a shoulder injury ended his pitching career twelve years ago. Now a married-with-children high-school chemistry teacher and baseball coach in Texas, Jim's team makes a deal with him: if they win the district ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Lee Hancock
CAST:  Dennis Quaid  •  Rachel Griffiths  •  Beth Grant  •  Angus T. Jones

Welcome to Woop Woop (1998)

A con artist escapes a deal gone wrong in New York and winds up in the Aussie outback in a strange town whose inhabitants are an oddball collection of misfits.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephan Elliott
CAST:  Johnathon Schaech  •  Rod Taylor  •  Susie Porter  •  Richard Moir

A con artist escapes a deal gone wrong in New York and winds up in the Aussie outback in a strange town whose inhabitants are an oddball collection of misfits.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephan Elliott
CAST:  Johnathon Schaech  •  Rod Taylor  •  Susie Porter  •  Richard Moir

Hilary and Jackie (1998)

The tragic story of world-renowned cellist Jacqueline du Pré, as told from the point of view of her sister, flautist Hilary du Pré-Finzi.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anand Tucker
CAST:  Emily Watson  •  Rachel Griffiths  •  James Frain  •  David Morrissey

The tragic story of world-renowned cellist Jacqueline du Pré, as told from the point of view of her sister, flautist Hilary du Pré-Finzi.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anand Tucker
CAST:  Emily Watson  •  Rachel Griffiths  •  James Frain  •  David Morrissey

Since You've Been Gone (1998)

The story of a 10th anniversary High School reunion, told through the eyes of a doctor who was humiliated on graduation day by being badly beaten up by a fellow graduate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Schwimmer
CAST:  Lara Flynn Boyle  •  Teri Hatcher  •  David Schwimmer  •  Joey Slotnick

The story of a 10th anniversary High School reunion, told through the eyes of a doctor who was humiliated on graduation day by being badly beaten up by a fellow graduate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Schwimmer
CAST:  Lara Flynn Boyle  •  Teri Hatcher  •  David Schwimmer  •  Joey Slotnick

Step Up (2006)

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Everyone deserves a chance to follow their dreams, but some people only get one shot. Tyler Gage is a rebel from the wrong side of Baltimore's tracks and the only thing that stands between him and an unfulfilled life are his dreams of one day making it out of there ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anne Fletcher
CAST:  Channing Tatum  •  Jenna Dewan  •  Damaine Radcliff  •  De'Shawn Washington

Everyone deserves a chance to follow their dreams, but some people only get one shot. Tyler Gage is a rebel from the wrong side of Baltimore's tracks and the only thing that stands between him and an unfulfilled life are his dreams of one day making it out of there ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anne Fletcher
CAST:  Channing Tatum  •  Jenna Dewan  •  Damaine Radcliff  •  De'Shawn Washington

Underground: The Julian Assange Story (2012)

In 1989, known as Mendax, Julian Assange and two friends formed a group called the International Subversives. Using early home computers and defining themselves as white hat hackers - those who look but don’t steal – they broke into some of the world’s most ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Connolly
CAST:  Callan McAuliffe  •  Anthony LaPaglia  •  Alex Williams  •  Laura Wheelwright

In 1989, known as Mendax, Julian Assange and two friends formed a group called the International Subversives. Using early home computers and defining themselves as white hat hackers - those who look but don’t steal – they broke into some of the world’s most ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Connolly
CAST:  Callan McAuliffe  •  Anthony LaPaglia  •  Alex Williams  •  Laura Wheelwright

Butterflies (2013)

A young artist sits on the sidewalk, struggling to make a living. She makes drawings for the passersby. A businessman recognises her talents and offers her a paying job. The prospect seems inviting but the reality threatens to kill her imagination.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Isabel Peppard
CAST:  Rachel Griffiths  •  Nicholas Hope  •  Henry Nixon  •  Honey Spence

A young artist sits on the sidewalk, struggling to make a living. She makes drawings for the passersby. A businessman recognises her talents and offers her a paying job. The prospect seems inviting but the reality threatens to kill her imagination.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Isabel Peppard
CAST:  Rachel Griffiths  •  Nicholas Hope  •  Henry Nixon  •  Honey Spence

Roundabout (2002)

A husband and father suffers a nervous breakdown while driving to work after hitting a dog and ending up circling a roundabout.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rachel Griffiths
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A husband and father suffers a nervous breakdown while driving to work after hitting a dog and ending up circling a roundabout.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rachel Griffiths
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Patrick (2013)

Patrick lays comatose in a small private hospital, his only action being his involuntary spitting. When a pretty young nurse, just separated from her husband, begins work at the hospital, she senses that Patrick is communicating with her, and he seems to be using ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Hartley
CAST:  Rachel Griffiths  •  Charles Dance  •  Sharni Vinson  •  Damon Gameau

Patrick lays comatose in a small private hospital, his only action being his involuntary spitting. When a pretty young nurse, just separated from her husband, begins work at the hospital, she senses that Patrick is communicating with her, and he seems to be using ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Hartley
CAST:  Rachel Griffiths  •  Charles Dance  •  Sharni Vinson  •  Damon Gameau

Very Annie Mary (2001)

Set in the fictional village of "Ogw" in the valleys of south-east Wales. After her father Jack suffers a stroke Annie Mary Pugh is forced to take care of him but uses the circumstances to emancipate herself and find the courage to sing once again.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sara Sugarman
CAST:  Rachel Griffiths  •  Jonathan Pryce  •  Ioan Gruffudd  •  Matthew Rhys

Set in the fictional village of "Ogw" in the valleys of south-east Wales. After her father Jack suffers a stroke Annie Mary Pugh is forced to take care of him but uses the circumstances to emancipate herself and find the courage to sing once again.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sara Sugarman
CAST:  Rachel Griffiths  •  Jonathan Pryce  •  Ioan Gruffudd  •  Matthew Rhys

Burning Man (2011)

An English chef with a chic restaurant on Bondi Beach trying to put his life and his relationship with his son back on track while surrounded by women.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Teplitzky
CAST:  Matthew Goode  •  Bojana Novaković  •  Essie Davis  •  Rachel Griffiths

An English chef with a chic restaurant on Bondi Beach trying to put his life and his relationship with his son back on track while surrounded by women.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Teplitzky
CAST:  Matthew Goode  •  Bojana Novaković  •  Essie Davis  •  Rachel Griffiths

Tulip (1998)

Will, a widower struggling to cope with his wife Ruth's death, is confronted by the harsh reality of trying to cope with grief, loneliness, helplessness and the responsibility of taking care of Ruth's pet cow, Tulip.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rachel Griffiths
CAST:  Jean Bain  •  Lois Ramsey  •  Kati Edwards  •  Jack Finsterer

Will, a widower struggling to cope with his wife Ruth's death, is confronted by the harsh reality of trying to cope with grief, loneliness, helplessness and the responsibility of taking care of Ruth's pet cow, Tulip.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rachel Griffiths
CAST:  Jean Bain  •  Lois Ramsey  •  Kati Edwards  •  Jack Finsterer

Plainsong (2004)

Aidan Quinn (Legends of the Fall,) and Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under) star in Plainsong, a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation based on the novel by Kent Haruf. Tom Guthrie (Quinn), a high school history teacher, is faced with raising two young sons after his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Pearce
CAST:  Aidan Quinn  •  Rachel Griffiths  •  America Ferrera  •  Geoffrey Lewis

Aidan Quinn (Legends of the Fall,) and Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under) star in Plainsong, a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation based on the novel by Kent Haruf. Tom Guthrie (Quinn), a high school history teacher, is faced with raising two young sons after his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Pearce
CAST:  Aidan Quinn  •  Rachel Griffiths  •  America Ferrera  •  Geoffrey Lewis
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