Born in London to a Chinese mum and an Irish dad, Aimée-Lee Xu Hsien Curran is an award-winning Writer/Director who now calls Sydney, Australia home. She has a wicked sense of humour and a flair for telling powerful, emotive stories; working closely with actors to craft truthful and nuanced performances. Her short films, music videos and commercial works are unified by a bold visual style that reflects Aimée-Lee’s meticulous attention to detail and love of production design.
With a current focus on pushing her commercial and music video work, Aimée-Lee is a 2018 recipient of the Screen Australia / Australian Director’s Guild initiative, Gender Matters: Commercial & Content Directing Mentorship, which she is doing with Photoplay Films. She is currently rostered with Found At Sea Films, where she has directed commercial work for clients such as CommBank and PayPal. Since 2016 to present, Aimée-Lee has carved a niche in the Australian music industry, directing cinematic music videos for a host of award-winning artists including Hellions, Ruby Boots, The Laurels, Thundamentals, to name a few.
In 2013 her short film, ‘Jump’ won Best Short Film at the Academy Award accredited Palm Springs International ShortFest (USA), and the Provincetown International Film Festival (USA). It, along with her follow up short ‘The Palace That I Live In,’ has been selected for a host of other prestigious festivals in official competition such as FlickerFest (AU), Cleveland International (USA), New York Indie Film Fest (USA), Edinburgh Short Film Fest (GB), to name a few. Aimée-Lee has worked as a Writer’s Assistant for Glen Mazzara (former showrunner The Walking Dead, Damien) and in 2014 was the Director’s Attachment on Kim Farrant’s feature film Strangerland, starring Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving and Joseph Fiennes. She also teaches Writing and Directing at the Academy of Film, Theatre and Television in Sydney, Australia.