Luke Shanahan

Writer and director for film and television

Theatre, Film & TV
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Biography

Australian Writer/director Luke Shanahan is best known for his black sense of humour, razor sharp dialogue and deft comic timing.

In 2007, he wrote and directed the short film, It Takes Two To Tango, a black comedy that went on to premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival and also went on to screen at Palm Springs, San Francisco, L.A and Chicago film festivals. His recent short film The News premiered at Tropfest 2010 and was a critical smash. The News has since screened around the world, having recently notched up its 30th film festival and was voted one of the top twenty comedies of the year at Future Shorts. Luke has also amassed an award-winning portfolio of TV commercials and video clips.

Luke is currently developing The Morgan, a black comedy with Mark Heap and Stephen Curry attached, and also Talk Fast, a feature film with leading Australian actress Maeve Dermody in the lead role.

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Television
Writer and Director
The Morgan 2011
MFG
In Development
Director Luke Shanahan
Writer Luke Shanahan
Starring Mark Heap & Stephen Curry

Comedy Series. Co-written with Angus King. Andrew Pandy is invited to stay with his Uncle Roland at his seaside manor house. With little idea of its true nature, "The Morgan” is really an up market home for the terminally ill with one big secret.

Film
Writer and Director
Talk Fast Feature
2011
Jellofilm/FSM
Producer Diane Robertson
Director Luke Shanahan
Writer Luke Shanahan

An extreme tale of sibling rivalry set in the Sydney art world.

It Takes Two To Tango Short
2007
Cherub Pictures
Producer Diane Robertson
Director Luke Shanahan
Writer Luke Shanahan
Starring Travis McMahon, Sigirid Langford, Angus King & Helen Dallimore

Seb and Clare agree to a birthday dinner at Clare’s overbearing sister’s house on one condition – that this year they aren’t going to tango!

Opening Day Short
2005
Fusion Films
Producer Geoff Willman
Director Luke Shanahan
Writer Luke Shanahan
Starring Angus King & Keith Robinson

Two rival agents with vastly different techniques attempt to sell the same house. Premiered at Vancouver Film Festival.

Writer, Director and Producer
PET Short
2010
8 Com
Producer Luke Shanahan
Director Luke Shanahan
Writer Luke Shanahan
Starring Damon Herriman, Josh Lawson & Angus King

The purity of a persons heart can be judged by how they treat animals. On current festival run after premiere at St Kilda Film Festival.

The News Short
2009

 
Producer Luke Shanahan
Director Luke Shanahan
Writer Luke Shanahan
Starring Damon Herriman & Jess Donoghue

Gina and Daniel are madly in love. They arrange to meet at the café where they first met – each with exciting, ‘news’.

Other
Director
Jenny Morris: Downtime 2002

Mushroom Music

Luke O'Shea and Medicine Wheel: No Day Like Today 2002

ABC Music

The Nation Blue: Idiot 2001

Shock Records