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Fiona Cochrane graduated from Monash medical school before following her passion - film. She took courses and worked on film crews, learning her trade as continuity person, first assistant director and production manager before taking on roles as director and producer.
With a young child to look after she found it easier to work as a producer, and has produced low-budget independent Australian feature films such as Holidays on the River Yarra (1991) which was selected for the ‘Un Certain Regard’ Section of Cannes Film Festival, and Nirvana Street Murder (1990) as well as numerous documentaries and short films.
In 1995 Fiona began the production company f-reel pty ltd as an umbrella company for her films. Fiona’s main interest has always been directing and more recently she has been trying to primarily direct (or direct and produce) both on dramas and on documentaries.
In 2007 she completed a feature-length observational documentary called Rachel: A Perfect Life which premiered at Sydney Film Festival, and in 2008 she completed an ultra low-budget feature film called Four of a Kind which premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival. Both films have won a number of international awards and are both being distributed internationally. In 2011 she made the feature-length documentary Joe Camilleri: Australia’s Maltese Falcon, as well as numerous music videos for the Black Sorrows, then in 2014 she produced All In Her Stride, which is currently screening at festivals internationally. She is completing another feature documentary in mid-2015.
She also works as a producer on other projects under her company Jungle Pictures pty ltd with director Dennis Tupicoff.