Adrian Russell Wills

Directors, Writers

Adrian is a Wonnarua man originally from Bourke NSW who is committed to explore the outsider, the fringe dweller, the rebel.

Adrian comes from a strong line of ancient storytellers who maintained their culture, law and language through song, dance, and remarkable visual art which stands among the oldest in the world. Adrian sees his role as a writer / director purely as an extension of those ancestors before him. His point of distinction is that he explores stories that take an audience beyond what they would naturally seek out, confronting and challenging them to go beyond their own experience.

Adrian has both written and directed on RFDS Season 2 and the up-coming Season 3. Previously he wrote on the ABC series, THE NEWSREADER for both Season Two and Three and was nominated for a 2023 AACTA Award for Best Screenplay in Television for his Season Three writing. He has written on TOP END BUB for Goalpost Pictures and Amazon Studios. He also wrote and directed two episodes of Blackfella Films’ landmark drama series REDFERN NOW for ABC-TV. Adrian is currently developing a new television series with Lingo Pictures

Adrian’s television directing credits also include; RUSH; WONDERLAND; THE GODS OF WHEAT STREET; 8MMM ABORIGINAL RADIO; Emmy-nominated READY FOR THIS; WENTWORTH; and THE WARRIORS.

Adrian has explored the documentary form throughout his career. His autobiographical documentary for NITV with Gillian Moody of Kalori Productions entitled KINDRED, he received a DGA nomination for Best Direction in a Documentary Feature for his work as well as receiving the MIFF Inaugural First Nations Film Creative Awar. Adrian directed the critically acclaimed documentary OUR BUSH WEDDING in 2005; co-wrote and directed WHEN THE NATIVES GET RESTLESS in 2007; BOXING FOR PALM ISLAND in 2010, which was selected to open the Message Sticks Festival that year; 88, looking at the Bicentennial celebrations of the British colonisation of Australia; and most recently, BLACK DIVAZ, which was produced by Kalori Productions / Pursekey Productions. BLACK DIVAZ premiered at Queer Screen as part of the Sydney Mardi Gras 2018 Film Festival and screened on NITV – SBS.

Adrian’s short films include; JACKIE JACKIE, which screened at Melbourne International Film Festival, Flickerfest and at Santa Barbara Film Festival; BOURKE BOY, which was developed through the Screen Australia Indigenous Unit for ABC and was awarded Best Indigenous Film at St Kilda Film Festival in 2010; and DANIEL’S 21ST which opened the 2010 Message Stick Festival at the Sydney Opera House.

Adrian is currently developing his original debut feature film GINDERELLA and is also attached to direct the feature film WHOSE AFRAID with Aquarius Films as well as the feature film version of the highly acclaimed play BARBARA & THE CAMP DOGS for Bunya Productions.