Adrian Chiarella

Adrian Chiarella

Besen Family Artist

Adrian Chiarella grew up in Sydney and is a graduate of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. His career began editing previsualisation for Baz Luhrmann on the feature film Australia. Following this, Adrian worked as an editor, winning an Australian Screen Editors Award for Lucy Gaffy’s acclaimed short film The Love Song of Iskra Prufrock. His other editing credits include Craig Boreham’s feature film. Adrian directed and edited numerous promotional campaigns for Foxtel’s original, Australian, drama series including WentworthThe Devil’s Playground, and The Kettering Incident.

His first short film as writer-director, Touch, earned Adrian an Australian Directors Guild nomination after screening at numerous festivals around the world. His second short film, Black Lips, was funded by Create New South Wales and SBS and has screened at numerous film festivals around the world including Palm Springs International Shortfest, Rhode Island Film Festival, St Kilda Film Festival, BFI Flare, Outfest Fusion, and Melbourne Queer Film Festival where it won best short film. His most recent short film, Dwarf Planet, was funded through the Australian Directors' Guild and premiered in competition at Clermont-Ferrand in early 2021.

Adrian currently works as a development executive for Australian producer Tony Ayres.

Besen Family Artist Program Placement, 2020-21, Writing