Luke Shanahan is a writer and director.
He has an award-winning portfolio of TV commercials, short drama and video clips. In 2007, he wrote and directed the award winning short film, IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO, a black comedy that went on to premiere at (MIFF) Melbourne Intl Film Festival and then Palm Springs, San Francisco, L.A, Chicago, Rotterdam and 14 other festivals. The film showcased Luke’s mood and haunting visual style while introducing the dark undercurrent of sibling rivalry and disturbing awkwardness that would become a mainstay of his drama work.
Damon Herriman starred in Luke’s next short, THE NEWS in 2010, which became an online sensation and the following year he teamed up again with Damon and also Josh Lawson, for PET – it’s prequel.
In 2013 Luke picked up a London International Award (LIA) for Direction for his TVC work for the Australasian brand HOLDEN and his South Australia MAC (Motor Accident Commission) spot won commercial of the year. Also that year his dark drama, THE FIRST DATE – premiered at the LA film festival to critical acclaim.
Although his heavily lauded narratives have been praised for their cutting razor sharp dialogue, as a director Luke’s real skill is in balancing both a hypnotic and stylised visual treatment without forgetting that all his work (even the commercial stuff) are truthful tragic character studies.
For more on this idea, check out RABBIT, his highly anticipated debut feature film, premiering at MIFF (2017).