Miro Bilbrough is a filmmaker, script editor, film teacher and poet. She recently completed a Doctorate of Creative Arts in film studies and screenwriting at Western Sydney University.
Miro’s feature film debut (as writer and director) Being Venice premiered at the 2012 Sydney International Film Festival and went on to screen at the Melbourne International, Dubbo Inland, Women on Women and Cockatoo Island Film Festivals in 2012 and 2013. The script was chosen to represent Australia/New Zealand at Cinemart 2008 and was pre-sold to ZDF/Arte. The film had a theatrical release in New Zealand and is currently available on Bigpond Movies, Xbox and Quickflix.
Her short feature Floodhouse received three Australian Film Institute nominations in 2004: Best Short Film, Best Original Short Screenplay, Best Cinematography; and an Australian Writer’s Guild nomination. Floodhouse premiered In Competition at Mannheim-Heidelberg IFF in 2004, where it won ‘Special Mention for a Fresh Young Storyteller’, and was broadcast by Arte/ZDF in France and Germany, and by SBS locally. Miro’s short film Urn enjoyed a theatrical release and a strong festival life internationally; and her short film Bartleby won the Silver Medal for Fiction at Bilbao International Short Film & Documentary Festival.
Miro wrote the screenplay for the short animation Bad Baby Amy, which was nominated for a BAFTA in 2002; and for docu-drama with David Caesar’s Carcrash and The Fifth Continent, both of which were short-listed for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.
As a script editor her credits include Kathy Drayton’s critically acclaimed documentary about Australian photographer Carol Jerem’s Girl in a Mirror; and the feature film The Rocket which won the Crystal Bear Award for Best Feature, Best First Feature and the Amnesty International Award at Berliniale. Miro was researcher and writer on the Australian series of COAST, produced by Great Southern TV.
Other positions include script mentor at the International Film School Sydney since 2006 and a casual lecturer and tutor at the University of Technology Sydney since 2009. She is also a long-standing reader of feature screenplays for Screen Australia, SBS and Screen NSW.
Miro is a regular contributor of poetry to the New Zealand literary journals Landfall, Sport, and Starch. Her poems have been published in Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry (Hunter Publishers, 2016), Cordite, Otoliths, Landfall, Sport, Pasture, Starch and The Red Room Company’s Disappearing 2.0 (in partnership with WestWords). Miro’s debut volume Small-Time Spectre (Kilmog Press) was published in 2010, with the title poem being selected for Best New Zealand Poems 2010 by the Electronic Poetry Centre, Victoria University. Her poem ‘Spider silk’ won second equal in the Val Vallis Award 2016.
Her work appears as part of The Disappearing 2.0, WestWords’ collaboration with The Red Room Company.