Madeleine Gottlieb is a award-winning director, producer + screenwriter from Sydney, Australia.
Most recently, Madeleine set-up directed Erotic Stories, an 8 x 30 minute anthology series of contemporary tales about lust, desire and longing for Lingo Pictures and SBS. Erotic Stories premiered at SXSW Sydney and has been nominated for five 2024 AACTA Awards including Best Drama Series. Madeleine also set-up directed Latecomers - an SBS Digital Originals series about two strangers with cerebral palsy who are determined to explore their relationships with sex and each other after watching their carers hook up at a bar. Latecomers premiered on SBS Viceland, SBS On Demand and CBC Gem in Canada on International Day of People With Disabilities 2022 and screened in competition at SeriesMania 2023 in Lille, France. Madeleine's work on the show earned her a 2023 Australian Director's Guild Award and a 2024 AACTA Award for best Online Series.
Beginning her career as a Production + Development Executive at Goalpost Pictures, Madeleine worked on high-profile productions including Matthew Saville’s Felony (2014) and Neil Armfield’s Holding the Man (2015). She was Script Coordinator and Assistant to director Wayne Blair on Cleverman Season 1 (2016) – a six-part high-concept genre series acquired by SundanceTV - and Associate Producer on Cleverman Season 2 (2017). Cleverman premiered at the 2016 Berlinale.
Madeleine's first short film as a director, the AWGIE-winning I F***ed a Mermaid and No One Believes Me, had its international premiere at Interfilm Berlin / KUKI Berlin in 2018 and premiered domestically at Flickerfest 2019 before screening at festivals worldwide. In 2018 she directed, wrote and produced her second short film Snare, which was nominated for a 2019 AACTA Award for Best Short Film and world premiered in competition at SXSW 2019, going on to screen in competition at Tribeca 2019, Seattle International Film Festival 2019, Sydney Film Festival 2019, Palm Springs International Film Festival 2019 and Melbourne International Film Festival 2019. In late 2019 Snare was bought by global online marketing platform Mailchimp and released online to mark the launch of Mailchimp Presents, the company's boutique streaming platform.
Madeleine's third short film Laura premiered at Melbourne International Film Festival 2020, and her fourth short film You and Me, Before and After (starring Yael Stone and Emily Barclay) premiered domestically at MIFF 2021, internationally at TIFF 2021 and has since screened at festivals worldwide including Aspen 2022, Flickerfest 2022, St Kilda 2022 and Palm Springs 2022. You and Me, Before and After was nominated for a 2021 AACTA Award for Best Short Film and 2022 Australian Director's Guild Award for Best Direction in a Short Film.
Madeleine has also completed Director's Attachments on Leah Purcell's revisionist western feature film The Drover's Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson, and Tony Krawitz's ABC series Significant Others. She has written feature films Panyee for Revlover Films and The First Eighteen for Mr Condor Films.
Madeleine is passionate about the representation of diverse experiences onscreen and has a particular interest in stories about family and the intersections of Judaism, feminism, queerness and contemporary masculinities. She is currently co-writing a romantic comedy feature film for Brouhaha Entertainment and has an exciting development slate, including three television series and three features.
She loves Bruce Springsteen.
I wish to acknowledge the custodians of this land on which I live and work, the Gadigal people of the Eora nation and their Elders past and present.