Alex is a screenwriter, director and film critic. He has an Honours Degree in English literature from The University of Sydney and a Diploma of Screen Studies from Sydney Film School. He has worked with Australian creative organizations ranging from AFTRS, to Opera Australia, SUDS, and the Bell Shakespeare Company.
Previously he has worked for the Australian Classification Board and at Peter Jackson’s production company Weta in New Zealand. While at Weta, Alexander worked on a number of high profile international productions including James Cameron’s film Avatar, Martin Scorsese’s Tintin and Neil Blomkamp’s breakout hit District 9.
His feature film script, The Bushranger, made the final round of the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab in 2015. This was followed by him being invited to a screenwriting masterclass in Ugliano Italy where Alexander studied under Hollywood notables James V. Hart (Dracula, Hook, Contact), Olivia Hetreed (Girl with the Pearl Earring) and Michael Hoffman (One Fine Day, Soapdish).
2017 saw Alexander contracted by Snackable.tv to create and host his own film criticism show. The resulting series was called Pulling Focus and was a ratings success for their new digital network. Pulling Focus was selected as one of the first programs to be distributed as part of the trial rollout of internet on Sydney busses and public transport and was seen by commuters throughout the city.
In addition to these activities, the past three years have also seen Alexander work alongside the artist collective “Create or Die” in Sydney as a script editor and writer. In this capacity he has acted as a supporter and mentor to other artists, an advocate for artist rights and organized public readings of new scripts by professional actors as part of the Marrickville Open Studios Trail. This led to a role as the president of the Inner West Creative Industry and Arts Alliance, a network that helps support artists and their needs by advocating with councils and local business.
Currently, Alexander is in the process of preparing for his first feature film which is planned to be a modern film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
His other projects in development include a black television comedy called Censors, based on his experiences working in a government censorship office. Lila, a dark modern fairy tale and Terror Nullius, an outback thriller about land and dissposession. He has also written a stage play about artefact thieves in Syria called Digging up the Dead.