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Us filmmaker Desiree Akhavan to speak in Sydney and Melbourne

Desiree Akhavan.

Desiree Akhavan, a Us writer, director and actor best known for her queer cult classic Appropriate Behaviour and the TV series The Bisexual, is coming to Australia.

At two In Conversation sessions she will address such topics as working in film and episodic TV, acting in one’s own own work vs directing without acting, choosing projects and how diversity issues have affected her career.

The daughter of Iranian parents, she played Shirin, who is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual and hip young Brooklynite but fails miserably in her breakout feature Appropriate Behaviour, which premiered at Sundance.

Her second feature The Miseducation of Cameron Post, a drama starring Chloë Grace Moretz as a teenager who is forced into a gay conversion therapy centre by her conservative guardians, won the Grand Jury Prize Dramatic at Sundance.

The Bisexual, which she created, wrote, directed and starred in,

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