Two Aussie directors attached to Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant

13 May, 2016 by IF

Brooke Goldfinch and Catriona McKenzie have been chosen as the director’s attachments on Sir Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant


They will work on the project for five weeks while the production films in Australia.

The Director’s Attachment Scheme is an incentive program funded by Screen Australia and managed by the ADG for emerging directors to develop their craft.

Both Goldfinch and McKenzie are accomplished directors. 

In 2016 Goldfinch was nominated for Best Direction in a Short Film at the ADG Awards. 

She is a graduate of the Tisch School for the Arts in New York and was selected to direct a segment of the compendium feature film The Colour of Time, starring James Franco and Jessica Chastain.

McKenzie is AFTRS alumni whose debut feature film, Satellite Boy (2012), won the Crystal Bear Special Mention Award for Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival. Catriona’s other credits include Redfern Now and Dance Academy.

“A director’s attachment with Ridley Scott is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Across all genres, his films have a pure cinematic vision. I look forward to being a great big sponge – quiet and absorbing,” said McKenzie.

Goldfinch said shadowing one of her icons on one of her favourite blockbuster film series was an extraordinary opportunity. 

"With over 40 years’ experience, Ridley Scott is a master. He has always nurtured the careers of women in front of and behind the camera and I'm happy to have the privilege of working with him," she said.

Alien: Covenant producer Mark Huffam said, “We are very happy with the choice of the two candidates, and hopefully they will both benefit greatly from the experience of shadowing a director of Ridley Scott's standing.”

Previous feature film attachments facilitated by Screen Australia and the ADG include Beth Armstrong on Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge, and Kelli Cross on Rachel Perkins’ Jasper Jones.








  • Mr Equality

    Nice one screen Australia. Trumpet gender equality but award the attachment to two women. Wonder if the female head of ScAus had anything to do with that decision? Bias indeed.
    If you were really up for equality it would have been one male, one female.

  • Alien-ated

    At least these assignments were for locals.

    What about the crew they imported in from the UK when we have the skills and personnel here. Is this what the government rebate cover?

    If they want the Australian Government to offer incentives and tax breaks then it should be a prerequisite that they use Australian crew where available. We don’t even get a look in or a chance to offer a competitive bid…

  • Ms Equality

    I would bet money that Mr Equality would not have written his note if two men had been selected.

  • Dr. Fiasco

    Ms Equality is definitely right… Mr Equality wouldn’t say boo if they were both male.

    That said, we do find ourselves in an interesting grace period currently where the ADG and Screen Australia are desperately trying to ‘make up’ for this supposed void of support of female directors to get us to the point of equality. I’m 100% on board Gender Matters and support the HELL out of female directors (Victoria Cocks of Wastelander Panda is a freakin’ boss and has a great career ahead of her) but honestly, look at the last 4 or 5 ADG attachments – all female. The last male one was Chris Stollery in Jan 2015. That’s over an entire year where the decisions appear to have been first and foremost based on gender. Not to say that talent and track record don’t come into the decision making process – of course they do – but it certainly hasn’t felt at the forefront, which it should ALWAYS be. All I’m suggesting is that this grace period has to ease off at some point… Not completely, because equality still has a lot of distance still to go, but somewhat so we’re not having to deal with extremist provocateurs like Mr Equality up above ranting about bias.