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Angie’s Lion-Hearted Effort

Award-winning film producer Angie Fielder


Second Edition August 2018

Griffith Film School alumnus Angie Fielder could be excused for buying several pairs of new heels over the past year as she criss-crosssed the globe attending scores of film festivals and award ceremonies.

One of Angie’s career-defining moments came when she was nominated for an Oscar for her film Lion, starring Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel.

Lion was a critical and commercial success. It was nominated for several Oscars and Golden Globes, and scooped up several British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA) and Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) awards.

It was a moment that Angie had dreamed of as a film student at the Queensland College of Art years before.

“Back when I was at uni, the idea of winning an Oscar was the holy grail, so to be on that journey was amazing,” she says.

“It was all very fast and frantic – I moved my family to LA for three months for the awards season.

“It’s a real circus – with screenings, premieres, publicity commitments and Q&As. It’s a bit like being in the middle of a political campaign!

“But it was great to be there on the night, surrounded by people you’d grown up watching on the big screen.

“You feel like you are part of something very special.”

Angie Fielder with her Best Film Award for 'Lion'
“Being thrown together with your peers and creating films was a great foundation for life in the industry.”

Angie graduated from the Queensland College of Art in 1996, and was named Griffith Film School’s Graduate of the Year in 2012.

“What was great about the course was that it offered a really well-rounded overview of filmmaking – you got to a bit of directing, production, writing.

“Being thrown together with your peers and creating films was a great foundation for life in the industry.”

After completing her studies at Griffith, Angie went to the UK to work for the British Film Institute and the London Film Festival. After returning to Australia, she co-founded her own production company, Aquarius Films, with filmmaker Polly Staniford.

“Across our slate, we have championed female filmmakers and diverse stories,” she says.

“We are really busy and we have a big slate, but we try to give people a go – whether it’s supporting emerging writers, or giving someone a step up.”

Since Lion, Aquarius has produced an acclaimed thriller, Berlin Syndrome, and popular series The Other Guy, which was recently picked up by streaming services in the US and Canada.

Not one to rest on her laurels, Angie is overseeing a full slate of projects, including a film adaptation of Tim Winton’s novel Dirt Music and a 15-episode children’s television series for the ABC.