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Madeleine Gottlieb is a director, producer + screenwriter from Sydney, Australia. 


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 to date.


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. 2019 also saw Madeleine complete a Screen Australia Director's Attachment on Leah Purcell's revisionist western feature film The Drover's Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson, as well as write feature film Panyee (dir. Matt Devine) for producers Martha Coleman and Lauren Edwards of Revlover Films.  She also wrote, directed and produced her third short film Laura which premiered at Melbourne International Film Festival 2020.

In January 2020 Madeleine completed principal photography on her fourth short film as writer/director You and Me, Before and After, which stars Yael Stone, Emily Barclay and Tracy Mann. The film was made with a 95% female cast and crew. It premiered domestically at MIFF 2021, internationally at TIFF 2021 and has since screened at festivals 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.

In early 2022 Madeleine undertook a Screen NSW Director's Attachment with Tony Krawitz on ABC series Significant Others. She also 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. 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 will premiere at SXSW Sydney and air on SBS from October 26, 2023.


Madeleine is passionate about the representation of diverse experiences onscreen and has a particular interest in contemporary masculinities. With the support of Screen Australia, she is developing an anthology webseries on the subject that she conceived of and co-created entitled Masc. Excitingly, Masc. will be made by an all-female/non-binary production team and seven other award-winning female and non-binary writer/directors.



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.

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