Australian director of period dramas or costume dramas such as for example Small Women and Charlotte Grey. She paid her tuition at Swinburne University by working being a waitress. Her feature-length debut My Outstanding Profession became the initial Australian film to become directed by a female in 46 years. Her dad was an beginner professional photographer from whom she discovered the fundamentals of picture taking. Her 1984 film Mrs. Soffel helped jumpstart the profession of professional Sam Neill.