Shannon Murphy is a multi-award-winning, internationally acclaimed film, television, commercial and theatre director. She’s known for her expansive body of work across mediums always injecting her singularly relatable sensibility regardless of genre.
Her debut feature film Babyteeth, starring Essie Davis, Ben Mendelsohn and Eliza Scanlen premiered in Official Competition at the Venice Film Festival to critical acclaim. The film showcases Murphy’s proclivity for capturing the chaos of life, her keen eye for casting and performance, always toeing the line of drama and comedy with a confident touch. The film netted her a BAFTA Nomination for Best Direction as well as the prestigious Kering Women in Motion prize presented at the Cannes Film Festival.
In addition to her success on the screen and the stage, Murphy made an immediate impact in the world of advertising with her debut spot “lastlonelymenopause” for TENA with AMV BBDO. In the film, Murphy tackles taboo issues about women’s health with honest and nuanced storytelling. Hailed as one of Campaign’s Top 15 Commercials, the spot also earned Murphy a place on Campaign’s coveted annual Top 10 Director List. Additional accolades include winning Gold at the British Arrows and Channel 4’s Diversity Award among others.
Other notable work includes episodes of Killing Eve/BBC America, The Power/Amazon Prime based on Naomi Alderman’s best-selling novel of the same name, and more recently Season Three of Dave/FX.
Murphy began her career on the stage directing shows internationally including productions for Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir St Theatre, The Griffin Theatre Company, The Seymour Centre and The Old Fitzroy.