Ray Lawrence

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Ray Lawrence (born 1948) is an Australian film director. He was born in England and moved to Australia at age 11. All his films are made in Australia with predominantly Australian casts. He has made only three films in two decades, yet they have been some of the most critically acclaimed works in Australian cinema during that time. He is famous for his insistence on "complete creative control", one-take shoots and use of natural light. He makes commercials in between films. Lawrence's unique cinematic style has established him as one of the most respected dramatic directors of contemporary Australian cinema. While only producing three films in his 25 year career as a feature film director, all of his features have meditated around the slippery and often painful nature of 'real' human interaction. It is Lawrence's ability to illustrate intensely personal interactions between characters as they navigate through the less than 'cinematic' terrain of real life situations that has engaged his audience and earned the respect among cinema goers and critics alike. His second feature, Lantana (2001), is one of the highest grossing Australian films ever made winning critical and popular recognition including Best film, Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards. Examining the notion of trust, the film weaves the mysterious disappearance of a wealthy psychiatrist across the fabric of three Australian families, with each family representative of ...

Lantana (2001)

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Plagued with grief over the murder of her daughter, Valerie Somers suspects that her husband John is cheating on her. When Valerie disappears, Detective Leon Zat attempts to solve the mystery of her absence. A complex web of love, sex and deceit emerges -- drawing ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ray Lawrence
CAST:  Anthony LaPaglia  •  Rachael Blake  •  Kerry Armstrong  •  Geoffrey Rush

Plagued with grief over the murder of her daughter, Valerie Somers suspects that her husband John is cheating on her. When Valerie disappears, Detective Leon Zat attempts to solve the mystery of her absence. A complex web of love, sex and deceit emerges -- drawing ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ray Lawrence
CAST:  Anthony LaPaglia  •  Rachael Blake  •  Kerry Armstrong  •  Geoffrey Rush

Jindabyne (2006)

Stewart Kane, an Irishman living in the Australian town of Jindabyne, is on a fishing trip in isolated hill country with three other men when they discover the body of a murdered girl in the river. Rather than return to the town immediately, they continue fishing ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ray Lawrence
CAST:  Laura Linney  •  Gabriel Byrne  •  Deborra-Lee Furness  •  Leah Purcell

Stewart Kane, an Irishman living in the Australian town of Jindabyne, is on a fishing trip in isolated hill country with three other men when they discover the body of a murdered girl in the river. Rather than return to the town immediately, they continue fishing ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ray Lawrence
CAST:  Laura Linney  •  Gabriel Byrne  •  Deborra-Lee Furness  •  Leah Purcell

Bliss (1985)

An advertising executive dies and goes to hell... except nothing changes. Well, his daughter is buying drugs with sexual favours from her brother, and the number of cancer-causing products is on the increase. But the notes he writes to himself to prove he hasn't ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ray Lawrence
CAST:  Barry Otto  •  Lynette Curran  •  Helen Jones  •  Gia Carides

An advertising executive dies and goes to hell... except nothing changes. Well, his daughter is buying drugs with sexual favours from her brother, and the number of cancer-causing products is on the increase. But the notes he writes to himself to prove he hasn't ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ray Lawrence
CAST:  Barry Otto  •  Lynette Curran  •  Helen Jones  •  Gia Carides

The Nature of Lantana (2002)

The 40 minute Nature of Lantana feature stands out as a great example of how to produce a feature for DVD. It complements the viewer’s intelligence and doesn’t dash about in 12 second cuts. Better still, it allows the interview subjects (cast and crew) to speak ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Karl Sodersten
CAST:  Barbara Hershey  •  Andrew Bovell  •  Ray Lawrence  •  Jan Chapman

The 40 minute Nature of Lantana feature stands out as a great example of how to produce a feature for DVD. It complements the viewer’s intelligence and doesn’t dash about in 12 second cuts. Better still, it allows the interview subjects (cast and crew) to speak ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Karl Sodersten
CAST:  Barbara Hershey  •  Andrew Bovell  •  Ray Lawrence  •  Jan Chapman