Beverley is an award-winning, independent film director based in the Byron Shire. Originally a trained actor, she worked on stage and screen and taught acting to young people for 10 years before becoming a director.
From an early age, Beverley collaborated on projects using her acting experience to develop the story and characters, a skill she uses to create her work today. Her films are explorations of her own emotional and spiritual journey and present a unique and challenging perspective on social issues. Her work has been likened to the work of avant-garde directors Bruno Dumont and Derek Jarman.
Beverley initially studied five years of camera, editing and sound and wrote and directed many experimental short films with the aim of finding her voice in the medium. After producing and directing The Salt Maiden on a small island in Moreton Bay, Beverley worked in Sydney’s film and television industry while studying at the Australian Film, Television & Radio School from 2015-2017, where she developed a passion for genre films.
Beverley’s graduation film, Hate Dance, a story about racism that juxtaposes surreal elements with Dogme style realism, premiered at the Cyprus International Film Festival 2019. It also screened at Demakijaż Women’s Film Festival Poland, Byron Bay International Film Festival and Kashmir International and Cultural Festival where it received Honorable Mention and Best Performance. The film received a gold award at the Australian Cinematographer’s Society NSW Awards in the student category and screens at the Sahar International Film Festival, the UK in July 2021.
Beverley runs her own film and photography business, Lillypilly Films in Byron Bay and produces talks and VR workshops for the Byron Bay International Film Festival. This year she is participating in the 2021 Australian Directors Guild Director and Screenworks Director Elevator and is making her first feature film.