Dedicated to telling cinematic stories from the margins, both real and imagined.
Lydia Rui is a prospective MA Directing Fiction student at NFTS, Beaconsfield. Lydia grew up between mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. She graduated with a BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in Film & TV. She travelled through North America and Europe as videographer for Beyoncé Knowles’ Mrs. Carter World Tour ’13-‘14. Upon returning to Melbourne, she was a full time Director's Assistant for award-winning production company Exit Films, home to Garth Davis and Glendyn Ivin. Her short documentary, ‘This is Yarra’ (2018), screened at Academy® qualifying festivals DOC NYC 2018 and the 28th Flickerfest International Short Film Festival. It was Australian Directors Guild Award Nominated for Best Documentary Short 2019. ‘This Perfect Day’ (2018) is Lydia’s second narrative short, and had its World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival 2019 — one of 63 short films selected from a record 5131 submissions.
  • Director (3 Credits)
    THIS IS YARRA2018
    Documentary, Short
    This Perfect Day2018
    Short
    Touching is Teaching2014
    Short, Student
  • Writer (3 Credits)
    Otieno & Luna
    Short Script
    This Perfect Day2018
    Short
    Touching is Teaching2014
    Short, Student
  • Producer (2 Credits)
    THIS IS YARRA2018
    Documentary, Short
    Touching is Teaching2014
    Short, Student
  • Additional Cinematography (1 Credit)
    THIS IS YARRA2018
    Documentary, Short
Official Selection
Otieno & Luna
Tribeca Film Festival
New York
2019
Official Selection
This Perfect Day
InsideOut LGBT Film Festival
Toronto
2019
Official Selection
This Perfect Day
Tribeca Film Festival 2019
New York
2019
Official Selection
THIS IS YARRA
Flickerfest International Short Film Festival
Sydney
2019
Nomination for Best Documentary Short
THIS IS YARRA
Australian Directors Guild Award
2019
Official Selection
THIS IS YARRA
Human Rights Arts and Film Festival
Melbourne
2019
Official Selection
THIS IS YARRA
DOC NYC 2018
New York
2018
College
New York University, Tisch School of the Arts
Film & TV
20112013
College
New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Media, Culture & Communications
20082011
College
University of Melbourne
Media, Culture & Communications
2008
College
National Film & Television School, UK
Directing Fiction - Start 2020
High School
Australian International School, Singapore
20032007
High School
West Island School, Hong Kong
20012003
Birth City
Melbourne, Australia
Current City
Melbourne, Australia
Gender
Female
Ethnicity
Chinese
Zodiac Sign
Pisces
Dedicated to telling cinematic stories from the margins, both real and imagined.