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ELISE MCLEOD

COACH / AWARD WINNING FILM DIRECTOR

 

Elise is a Paris based Australian film and theatre director who holds a degree in film making from the University of Paris VIII. She has directed several short films, including the award winning ‘Fish & Chicks’, ‘Love, lies and the internet’ & ‘Geisha’.

Elise believed it was important to understand the actor’s process in order to be a good director so she took acting classes at Bilingual acting workshop, where she got asked to direct a play. She adapted the famous French cartoon book ‘The Rabbi’s Cat’ by Joann Sfar. The play was a huge success and played in Paris, France and Montreal for two years. Thus began Elise’s career as a stage director. She has directed numerous plays since most recently ‘Kiss DB (L’histoire d’une mort sans fin), ‘Revoir Amelie’ and ‘Toutes Coupables’ at the reknowned Paris Théâtre Gymnase. She juggled being an assistant director and theatre director for 6 years from 2001- 2007. Working in the French film and television industry on films such as “Our friends the humans” produced by Claude Lellouch. Her other credits include ‘L’aventure’ by Xavier Giannolli, ‘The Idol’ by Samantha Lang.

Simultaneously Elise became known as a private coach for actors. Her first client was Audrey Dana whom she coached for Phillipe Loiret’s ‘Welcome’ and Claude Lelouch’s ‘Roman de Gare’. Audrey was nominated for two Césars for these films. She also won a Romy Schreider award.

Amongst the actors Elise has coached is Eriq Ebounay, known for ‘Disgrace’ and ‘Three days to kill’, Ann Sophie Franck known for ‘Inglorious Bastards’, Sabine Crossen for ‘Hitman’, Anne Charrier known for ‘Maison Close’ amongst others.
Elise directs commercials, clips, web series and short films as well as doing her private coaching and C Me Acting Masterclasses.

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