Australian director of period dramas or costume dramas such as Little Women and Charlotte Gray.
She paid her tuition at Swinburne College by working as a waitress.
Her feature-length debut My Brilliant Career became the first Australian film to be directed by a woman in 46 years.
Her father was an amateur photographer from whom she learned the basics of photography.
Her 1984 film Mrs. Soffel helped jumpstart the career of actor Sam Neill.