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John Curran

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After attending Syracuse University on an art scholarship, John Curran worked as an illustrator and graphic designer in New York. In 1986 he moved to Sydney, Australia to work for Ogilvy & Mather.

In 1990, Curran formed Pod Films in Sydney and began directing commercials, music videos, and short films. His award-winning short film Down Rusty Down screened in festivals throughout the world including the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, and the London Film Festival.

In 1998, his debut feature Praise screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, winning the International Critics Award for Best Film. Praise was also selected for screening at: 1999 Sundance Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival (selected to open the Panorama Section), the London Film Festival, and the Edinburgh Film Festival. In Australia, Praise was nominated for 10 Australian Film Institute awards and 11 Critic's Choice Awards. In addition, Curran received the Australian IF Award Independent Filmmaker of the Year for 2000. Praise was nominated for Best Foreign Film (English Language) at the British Independent Film Awards (along with Rushmore, The Blair Witch Project, Happiness, and Buffalo 66) and was listed in The New York Times "Top Ten Films for 2000."

In 2004 he directed We Don't Live Here Anymore starring Naomi Watts, Mark Ruffalo, Laura Dern and Peter Krause.