Virginia Trioli talks with Jocelyn Moorhouse about juggling motherhood and her acclaimed filmmaking career
As a child, Jocelyn Moorhouse dreamed of living an adventurous life and excelling at whatever career called to her. Her adult reality, as both an acclaimed writer and director of film and television, and as a caring mother of four, is an enthralling balance which she shares with us in her extraordinary memoir.
An award-winning screenwriter and film director, Jocelyn Moorhouse has directed numerous films, including Proof, How to Make an American Quilt, A Thousand Acres and The Dressmaker. She has produced some of her husband P.J. Hogan’s films, including Muriel’s Wedding and Mental. They have four children, two of whom are autistic.
Join us for the launch of Moorhouse's new book Unconditional Love.
Jocelyn Moorhouse was born in Melbourne and graduated from the Australian Film Television and Radio School in 1984. She wrote and directed for numerous television shows prior to writing and directing her feature film debut Proof, which starred Hugo Weaving and Russell Crowe. Proof had its world premiere in Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in 1991. The film screened at numerous international film festivals, wining many awards including the Sutherland Trophy by the British Film Institute, Critic’s Choice Award at Sao Paulo International Film Festival and Bronze Award at Tokyo International Film Festival.
In 1994, Moorhouse moved to Los Angeles to direct How To Make An American Quilt, which starred Winona Ryder and Anne Bancroft, and A Thousand Acres, which starred Michele Pfeiffer, Jessica Lange and Colin Firth.
She works closely with her husband PJ Hogan and was producer on his films Muriel’s Wedding, Unconditional Love, Peter Pan and Mental.
She directed her first play, Sex With Strangers by Laura Eason, at the Sydney Theatre Company in August 2012.
Virginia Trioli is a two time Walkley Award winning reporter, television and radio host and presenter. She also is a reputable feature writer and columnist and is a current anchor for ABC News Breakfast on ABC 1 and ABC News 24.
Virginia is an honours graduate in Fine Arts from the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University, and in 1996 published Generation F, her celebrated response to Helen Garner’s First Stone. She has held senior positions at the Age newspaper and the Bulletin magazine. For eight years she hosted Drive on 774 ABC Melbourne, and the Morning Program on 702 ABC Sydney. Virginia has been the host of ABC TV's premiere news and current affairs program, Lateline, Artscape and Sunday Arts. She is also a regular fill-in host on Q and A.
Virginia is married with three step-children, a three year old, and one chocolate Labrador.