Melissa Hasluck

Melissa Hasluck was born in 1965 in Perth, Western Australia and is the daughter of Rollo Hasluck (d. 1973). Educated at Presbyterian Ladies' College and the University of Western Australia she gained a B.A. in Arts, majoring in French. Following periods of living in Europe, Melissa returned to pursue her interest in film.

Melissa graduated from Swinburne University, Melbourne in 1992 with a Graduate Diploma in Film and TV. Since then she has worked in the industry in various production roles, from art director to first assistant director, including her breakout achievement as director and producer of the SBS half hour documentary, Artists Up Front: Ningali Lawford.

In 1997, Melissa won the WASA (West Australian Screen Award) for Emerging Producer for her work on Artists Up Front, the six part SBS documentary series. In 1999 she was awarded a ScreenWest New Producer Fellowship, which she used to undertake attachments in Australia, and abroad with Working Title in London.

Melissa has made a substantial contribution to the production of many well-known Australian films. Through her company, Melissa Hasluck - Cecile B Deux Mels, she produced "Teesh & Trude" which has been shown around cinemas in Australia, at film festivals in Australia and overseas and on SBS television.

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2001 – 2002. Producer, TEESH & TRUDE. 93min Feature film. Cecile B deux Mels. Director: Melanie Rodriga. Financed SBSI, PMP Showtime, ScreenWest Inc. Brisbane International Film Festival 2002. Melbourne International Film Festival 2002. WOW Film Festival 2002, Adelaide Film Festival 2003, London Australian Film Festival 2003, 2003 WA Screen Awards Industry Award for Screenplay, IFP Los Angeles Film Festival 2003, Silver Lake Film Festival 2003.

2001. Producer, BAD CREDIT & ALIENS. 15 min short drama. Bondfilm and Cecile B deux Mels. Director: Michael Bond. Funded by ScreenWest. Telemenco Film Festival 2001, Slamdance 2001.

2001 Producer, PINK PYJAMAS. 26min drama. Cecile B deux Mels and Elemento Pictures. Director: Elissa Down. Funded by ScreenWest, San Francisco Independent Film Festival 2001.

1999 Producer, CHRISTINA’S BIRTHDAY. 26 minute TV drama. Cecile B deux Mels. Director: Paul Roberts. Financed ScreenWest and SBSI.

1996 Producer/Director, NINGALI LAWFORD. Half hour TV documentary, part of 6 part series, ARTISTS UP FRONT for SBSI. Excalibur Nominees. Producers: Paul Roberts and Des Kootji Raymond.

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