Megan Anderson is an emerging Australian film director, screenwriter and producer. Her work currently explores mental illness, spirituality and ambition.
Megan seeks to contribute to the legacy of great onscreen representation of women with madness. She attests that cinema plays a significant role in humans understanding their own identity. Access to authentic, vulnerable characters in thoughtful, poetic worlds can transform a person's sense of self. Megan is determined to transcend states of shame, loneliness and bitterness through her compassionate and compelling filmmaking.
Some films that highly influence Megan's work are John Cassavette’s Woman Under the Influence, Lars von trier’s Melancholia, Lisa Chodokendro’s series Olive Kitteridge, Mike Leigh’s All Or Nothing and Bing Lui’s Minding the Gap.
Megan graduated from Swinburne University of Technology in 2017 with a Bachelor of Film & TV. She has directed and co-directed six short films. Her first short documentary ‘Greedy Girl’ won Best Narrative Short at the California Film Awards with Isabelle Gander co-directing. This kickstarted their extensive creative relationship where Isabelle has worked as Megan’s leading actor in both Video Girl and The Supreme Soul.
Video Girl was shot on 16mm in Megan's own workplace Video Ezy, beginning her autobiographical approach to film production and visual storytelling. At this point in time, Video Girl has been awarded Best First Time Female Filmmaker (Bronze), Best Student Short (Honorable Mention) and Best Actress for Isabelle Gander (Honorable Mention) at the Independent Shorts Awards.
The Supreme Soul takes an empathetic look at the loneliness within a woman recovering from psychosis at a silence retreat. Megan works with her own lived experience to express her unique, "inarticulable" experience of mental illness, recovery and healing.
Megan aims to create meaningful, respectful, creative and memorable film set experiences for her crew and cast. It is her ongoing mission to create film sets that are mental health informed.
Megan's films have been produced on the Mornington Peninsula and Melbourne, on the land of Bunurong and Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. She recognises that the sovereignty of this land was never ceded.