SQ Lab: POSTPONED. Directing – with Jeffrey Walker

FREE 2-day online webinar masterclass.

Please be advised that we have unfortunately had to postpone the Directing Masterclass with Jeffrey Walker originally scheduled for next week on June 25 + 26. We apologise for the inconvenience but rest assured, you will keep your seat in the masterclass. We will advise as soon as we have new dates, which are likely to be mid-July.

SQ will endeavour to upload videos where possible onto their YouTube channel following the session.

All are welcome to join in this two-day webinar with director and actor Jeffrey Walker (Ali’s Wedding, Angry Boys, Modern Family, Lambs of God, Bones, Rake,Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23, Dance Academy), as he discusses the art and practice of film directing.

On day one, Jeffrey will discuss Making Your First Film, where he will break down his career. Ali’s Wedding will be used as a case study. Please watch the film, free on SBS on Demand prior to the webinar.

In the second session, Jeffrey will take participants through Television: The Full Spectrum, using the first two episodes of Lambs of God as a case study. (Links to be available to registered participants).

Overall, over the two days, Jeffrey will cover topics such as:

  • directing comedy vs drama
  • directing young people
  • directing in the US vs Australia
  • directing on an established show
  • how to work with an editor


Jeffrey Walker started his career as an actor in the Australian film industry at the age of seven. He was a lead in many series, totalling more than 200 episodes. In 1997, Jeffrey won the Australian Film Institute’s Best Young Actor Award for his title role in The Wayne Manifesto.

Making short films on weekends and acting during the week, teenaged Jeffrey garnered the attention of prolific television producer Jonathan M. Shiff. Before long, he had become one of Australia’s youngest ever television directors at twenty years of age.

For nearly two decades, Jeffrey has helmed major Australian television productions shown domestically and around the world. Rake seasons 1 and 2, the period BBC mini-series, Banished, Riot for ABC Television – a story that followed the brutal origins of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and the Jack Irish TV movies starring Guy Pearce. Jeffrey sole-directed the four part “gothic fairytale” miniseries for Foxtel/ Sky, Lambs of God, starring Ann Dowd and Jessica Barden. Jeffrey and the project received universally glowing reviews and the project sold to over fifty territories worldwide, including HBO, Europe. This mini-series set a record at the Australian Academy Awards in 2019 by being nominated for 18 awards, and winning an unprecedented 9, including best Director and best mini-series.

Jeffrey began directing in the US in 2012 working on various television series including Modern Family, Life in Pieces, Fresh off the Boat and Julie Klausner’s Difficult People, where he series directed and Executive Produced alongside Amy Poehler for three seasons. Most recently, Jeffrey directed the pilot for the Sony Studios series, The Commons. The series is a futuristic look at a heavily climate affected world and those who benefit from disaster. The 8 part series stars Golden Globe winner, Joanne Froggatt.

His debut feature film, Ali’s Wedding, released September 2017, received critical and audience acclaim. The Hollywood Reporter wrote, “Directed with glossy commercial sheen and expert comic timing… Walker’s debut mines rapid-fire laughs and bountiful heart”. The film won the Critics Award at the Melbourne International Film Festival, the Audience Award at Sydney International Film Festival, and was awarded the Grand Prize at CinefestOz which includes $100,000 prize money. It has screened at festivals in Europe, Asia and the US. Locally, it was nominated for eight Australian Academy awards, including Best Direction, Best Film and nominations in all acting categories.

Dance Academy marked Jeffrey’s second feature and has been reviewed to 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. Both Ali’s Wedding and Dance Academy have been acquired internationally by Netflix.

Currently, Jeffrey is attached to direct multiple feature films including, The Portable Door, starring Christoph Waltz, for The Jim Henson Company.

Jeffrey has directed over one hundred hours of television, two feature films, has 27 awards/nominations and is thirty-seven years old