Shalom Almond

Writer / Director

Shalom Almond is an award-winning Australian documentary filmmaker who is passionate about making character-driven, social issue documentaries.  She is the current recipient of the South Australian Film Corporation’s inaugural Lottie Lyell Award, which is granted to a female filmmaker demonstrating courage and boldness in their work.

Shalom’s films follow memorable characters on transformative journeys that grant unique access inside closed worlds.  Her work is renowned for her natural ability to form strong and trusting rapport and relationships with her subjects and their environments.  Shalom’s films have tackled diverse issues from Hip Hop to embryo genetic-testing to prisoner rehabilitation.  Shalom’s films have been broadcast on television and screened at film festivals in Australia and around the world.

Her recent award-winning documentary PRISONERS AND PUPS (2017, ABC) involved spending three months inside the Adelaide Women’s Prison with my camera following the story of five prisoners who sign up to foster retired greyhounds.

Shalom’s film ‘My Long Neck’ (2014) followed the rebellion of a young “long-neck” woman being exploited in a Thai tourist village. The film premiered at DocWeek 2014 to a sell-out audience and has so far been broadcast in Croatia, South Africa, South Korea, the Middle East, Spain and Portugal.  Shalom spent four years making her first documentary film ‘The Love Market’ (2009) following the journey of four hill tribe girls growing up in the face of Vietnam’s growing tourism industry. The film won Best Feature Film at the 2009 SA Screen Awards, was nominated for Best Documentary and Best Director at the 2009 AFI Awards and won the Best Documentary and IF Audience Awards at the 2009 St Kilda Film Festival, to name a few. Other recent directing highlights include ‘Love-Heart Baby’ (2012) for ABC2, ‘Chasing Shadows’ (2010) for ABC ArtScape and ‘Strong in the City’ (2011) for NITV.

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