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Cherie Nowlan
Occupation Director
Years active 1995–present

Cherie Nowlan (born Singleton, New South Wales, Australia) is an Australian film and television director, best known for the 2007 film Clubland (a.k.a. Introducing the Dwights) and the 1997 film Thank God He Met Lizzie, starring Cate Blanchett and Frances O'Connor, her feature film directorial debut.


Nowlan grew up in the country town of Singleton, Australia, and after working briefly as a journalist began a career in film and television. She worked as a production assistant, researcher and writer for various independent production companies, including Kennedy Miller, as well as in commercial television.

Nowlan's first film was a documentary entitled God's Girls (1991), about the nuns who taught in her former high school. The film won the Best Documentary prize at the Australian Film Institute Awards. The ABC/BBC co-production was described by The Guardian in the UK as 'much more gripping than the fictional Brides of Christ '. It was nominated for an Australian Film Institute Award and was a finalist in the Sydney Film Festival's Dendy Short Film Competition.

Nowlan studied scriptwriting at the Australian Film Television and Radio School in 1993.

Clubland, which starred Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn and rising star Emma Booth, sold to Warner Independent Pictures for $4.1 million, after debuting at Sundance Film Festival. The film generated standing ovations at Sundance, and was nominated for eleven AFI awards, including Best Director and Best Actress.

In 1995, she wrote and directed the short film Lucinda 31, which was screened in film festivals in New York City and Brisbane, where it was voted Most Popular Film at the 1995 Brisbane Exposure Festival. The script was an adaptation of a short story by Alexandra Long.

She has also had a career in television, directing episodes of The Secret Life of Us, All Saints, Dance Academy, Packed to the Rafters and the American series Life Unexpected and 90210. As well as the television films Marking Time (2003), Small Claims (2004), The Alice (2005), Small Claims: White Wedding (2007), Underbelly Files: The Man Who Got Away (2011) and Underbelly: Razor (2011).



Year Title Note
1991 God's Girls
1992 Everyman
1995 Lucinda 31 Short film
1997 Thank God He Met Lizzie
2004 Small Claims
2005 Small Claims: White Wedding
2007 Introducing the Dwights
(aka) Clubland
2013 Murder in Manhattan
Underbelly Files: The Man Who Got Away


Year Title Note
2002 The Secret Life of Us
2003 Marking Time Miniseries
2008–2009 All Saints
2009–2010 Packed to the Rafters
2010 Life Unexpected
Dance Academy
2011 Gossip Girl
Underbelly: Razor
2011–2013 90210
2013 Grey's Anatomy
2014 Suits
2015 The Messengers
The Mysteries of Laura
2016–2019 Animal Kingdom
2017 Dynasty
2018–2019 How to Get Away with Murder
2018 The Good Doctor
2018–19 Instinct
2018 Claws
2018-22 The Rookie
2019 Reprisal
2020 Outer Banks
The Wilds
2021 La Brea
2022 Young Rock
The Rookie: Feds
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