Writer/Director Brooke Goldfinch was working as an ABC news reporter in her hometown of Sydney when she decided to drop everything, move to New York, and pursue her dream of becoming a filmmaker. She attended NYU’s prestigious graduate film program at Tisch School of the Arts, where she was a scholarship student.
Brooke returned to Sydney after receiving a Screen Australia Talent Escalator Grant for her short film Red Rover, which earned her the Rouben Mamoulian Award for Best Director at the 2015 Sydney Film Festival’s Dendy Awards, the Canon Award for Best Direction in an Australian Short Film at 2016 Flickerfest and Best Director at St Kilda Film Festival. The film was nominated for Best Short at 2015 Austin Film Festival and the Australian Directors Guild Awards, and Best Short Film Script at the Australian Writers Guild awards, the AWGIES. In 2016, she was selected for the Lexus Short Film Fellowship, which is a $50,000 prize toward a short film. That year, Brooke spent 5 weeks on the set of Alien: Covenant as Ridley Scott’s Directors Attachment, learning the craft from one of the greatest living directors.