Nora Niasari has been named as an attachment to Emma Freeman on the Matchbox Pictures TV series Secret City for Foxtel.

The attachment forms part of an industry incentive program funded by Screen Australia and managed by the Australian Director's Guild for emerging directors.

Niasari said she was thrilled and honoured to be chosen for an attachment on such a successful production. 

"This is perfect timing and a perfect opportunity to move into directing for television,” she said.

Nora Niasari started directing several years ago after graduating with a Master of Film and Television from the Victorian College of the Arts with a number of very successful short films, including her most recent The Phoenix, which was nominated for the ADG Best Direction in a Student Film in 2015 and was selected for over a dozen national and international film festivals. 

She has also been selected for the 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival’s Accelerator Program.

Joanna Werner, Secret City producer, said, “We are delighted to welcome Nora Niasari to join Emma Freeman on Secret City. 

"We hope that the experience Nora receives will give her insight and determination to pursue her career as a director of Australian television.”

Screen Australia senior development executive, Nerida Moore said, Screen Australia continued to recognise and support the deep necessity of hands-on talent development with this scheme. 

"We applaud the ADG for their strategic thinking, congratulate Nora, and look forward to seeing how this experience informs both her practice and that of future recipients,” she said.

The Director’s Attachment Scheme will provide eligible candidates with the opportunity for attachments on up to six TV drama series and three feature films in 2015.

In 2015, Christopher Stollery was attached to Grant Brown on the Playmaker TV series House Husbands, which was the first TV attachment under the ADG scheme. And recently Julietta Boscolo was attached to Geoff Bennett on the Playmaker TV series Love Child.

Previous attachments include: Grant Sputore attached to Kriv Stenders on Kill Me Three Times, Stephen McCallum attached to Tony Ayres on Cut Snake, Matthew Moore on the Robert Connolly–directed film Paper Planes and Ariel Martin on the Neil Armfield-directed Holding the Man.

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