LifeClass the movie

Writer/Director/Producer - Tom Cowan

While a trainee at ABC-TV, Tom independently made THE DANCING CLASS in 1964. It won the AFI's Best Film Award. It was selected for the Melbourne International Film Festival and all Australian Festivals. It also won the top award at the Commonwealth Film Awards in Edinburgh.

Tom Cowan later wrote, co-produced and directed six feature films, the first being The Office Picnic, selected for the Moscow and Bombay International Film Festivals. Promised Woman and Sweet Dreamers followed. His Journey Among Women won the AFI's Most Creative Feature Film Award in 1977. It was commercially highly successful as well as being a personal statement - running for 16 weeks in Sydney's George Street and selling in 26 countries. Tom met the Indian director Pattabhi Rama Reddy and was Director of Photography on his Samskara which won India's Best Feature (President's Award) and many international prizes including the Silver Lion at Locarno.

In India, Tom later co-wrote and directed the feature, Wild Wind (Chanda Maruta) in India. His feature film entitled Orange Love Story was a hit at the Melbourne International Film Festival in August 2004 and screened at the London Australian Film Festival.