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Samuel Van GrinsvenScreenwriter | Director

Samuel Van Grinsven is New Zealand born writer and director.

He is currently in development on his second feature film Went Up The Hill, an Australia / New Zealand co-production with Causeway Films (The Babadook, The Nightingale) and POP Film (Savage) as well as his first television series with an Australian broadcaster.

His debut feature film Sequin In A Blue Room world premiered at the 2019 Sydney Film Festival where it won the Audience Award for Best Feature Film. It soon became a festival hit screening globally at festivals including Palm Springs International Film Festival, TIFF Next Wave, BFI Flare and Melbourne International Film Festival. The film was then nominated for an AACTA Award, Australian Directors Guild Award and German Independence Award as well as being released theatrically in Australia, Germany and the UK. In 2020 the film was released as an Amazon Exclusive on Prime Video in Australia followed by international streaming releases across 2021.

In 2018 Samuel completed a Masters of Directing at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School with a research area focused on the New Queer Cinema movement of the 90s. His short films have been selected for both domestic and international film festivals including Cinequest California and Cannes Film Festival des Antipodes.

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