Adrian Russell Wills

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Adrian Russell Wills began his filmmaking career in 1999 with his award winning short film ANGEL. From there he went on to study directing at AFTRS (Australian Film Television and Radio School) before directing the critically acclaimed documentary OUR BUSH WEDDING in 2005.

Adrian continued exploring the documentary form, co-writing and directing the groundbreaking WHEN THE NATIVES GET RESTLESS in 2007 and also wrote and directed short films JACKIE JACKIE, which screened at Melbourne International Film Festival, Flickerfest and at Santa Barbara Film Festival and BOURKE BOY.  BOURKE BOY was developed through the Screen Australian Indigenous Unit for ABC, screening at local and international Film Festivals and was awarded the Best Indigenous Film at St Kilda Film Festival in 2010.  He also had two projects selected to open the 2010 Message Stick Film Festival, documentary BOXING FOR PALM ISLAND and the short DANIEL’S 21ST.

Adrian then moved into writing and directing television drama.  Adrian directed two episodes of WONDERLAND in 2014 for Fremantle Media and Network Ten.  He has directed an episode of the Southern Star/Network Ten series RUSH and also wrote an episode of the Blackfella Films drama series REDFERN NOW, which screened on the ABC in 2012.  He was one of the directors on the ABC series THE GODS OF WHEAT STREET and returned to write on the critically acclaimed second series of REDFERN NOW, as well as directing two episodes.

Adrian directed the Pursekey Productions documentary film 88 and co-directed the Brindle Films series 8MMM ABORIGINAL RADIO. Adrian directed four episodes on the Emmy® nominated Blackfella Film’s READY FOR THIS as well as two episodes on Fremantle Media’s Season 4, WENTWORTH. Adrian was then fortunate enough to direct the first two episodes of ABC’s WARRIORS for Arena Media.

Adrian has recently directed the documentary BLACK DIVAZ produced by Kalori Productions with Pursekey Productions. BLACK DIVAZ premiered at Queer Screen as part of the Sydney Mardi Gras 2018 Film Festival and screened on NITV – SBS.

Adrian is developing several original film and television projects with his producer Gillian Moody through their production company Kalori Productions.