Maree Delofski: Writer, Producer, Director


15 August 2012 – The Trouble With Merle screens at Riverside Studios in London


Maree Delofski’s latest documentary is Tanaka-San Will Not Do Callisthenics. Filmed in Japan, it explores the ingenuity and determination of Tetsuro Tanaka who was dismissed from his job a quarter of century ago in a time when most Japanese workers believed they had a job for life. In a world that places a premium on conformity, Tanaka-san has found a way of staying true to himself, demanding an apology and re-instatement every day for twenty five years outside the company gate. Maree has written, directed and shot Tanaka-san Will Not Do Callisthenics. Awarded CLiFF (Canadian Labour International Film Festival) Best-in-Festival Prize November 2009. Cinema screening throughout Japan in 2011.

Earlier work

Maree’s documentary The Trouble with Merle (which she researched, wrote and directed) was released in 2002. In the film, Maree travels to Tasmania, India and Canada exploring the mysterious origins of the legendary film star Merle Oberon While some Tasmanians claim she was born on that little island at the bottom of the world, on the other side of the world there are other, different stories. The Trouble with Merle has screened on television and at festivals nationally and internationally and has won several awards including the prestigious NSW Premier’s History Award. The script for The Trouble with Merle was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award (Screenwriting). See also The legend of Merle a review in The Age.

Other projects include the award winning Australian Film Institute (AFI) nominated documentary, A Calcutta Christmas which she researched, wrote and directed. A Calcutta Christmas is a portrait of a group of elderly Anglo-Indians living in a home in the Indian city of Calcutta. The film has screened on Australian and international television including the Sundance Channel and won numerous awards in international festivals. Other films that have screened internationally include the short comedy drama Every Little Breeze and the AFI nominated feature length documentary Philippines My Philippines.

Maree began filmmaking in London with the radical filmmaking workshop Cinema Action.