Lydia Rui is an Australian Directors Guild (ADG) Award nominated Chinese Australian filmmaker and photographer. She grew up between mainland China, Hong Kong, and Australia, until the age of 13 when she left home to live in Singapore. She graduated with a BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She travelled through North America and Europe as videographer for Beyoncé Knowles’ Mrs. Carter World Tour ’13-‘14. Upon returning to Melbourne, she was a Director's Assistant for award-winning production company Exit Films. Her short documentary, ‘This is Yarra’ (2018), World Premiered at DOC NYC 2018 — America’s largest Academy® qualifying documentary festival. It went on to screen at the Academy® & BAFTA qualifying 28th Flickerfest International Short Film Festival and the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival 2019.
‘This Perfect Day’ (2018) is Lydia’s second narrative short, and will be having its World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival 2019 — one of 63 short films selected from a record 5131 submissions.
Her transnational background allows her to bring a nuanced, empathic eye to every subject. Lydia seeks to empower, enrich, and enliven through cinematic storytelling.
Photo by Liza Mandelup