Tony Ayres

This article is about the director. For the darts player, see Tony Ayres (darts player).

Tony Ayres
Born (1961-07-16) 16 July 1961 (ageĀ 52)
Macau, China
Years active 1992 - present
Awards Inside Film Award for Best Director
2007 The Home Song Stories
Berlinale "Teddy" for Best Feature Film
2002 Walking on Water

Tony Ayres (born 16 July 1961) is a Chinese-born Australian screenwriter and director. He is most notable for his award-winning films Walking on Water and The Home Song Stories.

Early life

Ayres was born in Macau, China.[1] His mother was a nightclub singer who committed suicide in 1972, when Ayres was 11 years old.[2][3] Before her death, his mother married an Australian sailor and migrated with her family to Perth, Western Australia in 1964.[2] Ayres' stepfather died of a heart attack three years after the death of his wife, and two days before he was due to remarry.[2] Ayres and his older sister briefly lived with their stepfather's former fiancee, before being placed in the care of Ayres' history teacher.[2] They then moved to Canberra, Australian Capital Territory with their guardian, whom Ayres' sister later married.[2] Ayres' 2007 film The Home Song Stories is loosely based on this early period of his life.[3]

Ayres studied photography and printmaking at the Australian National University in Canberra, before working as an exhibition curator.[1] He later completed postgraduate studies in film and video at the Swinburne Film and Television School (now the Victorian College of the Arts School of Film and Television) in Melbourne, Victoria.[1]



  • The Home Song Stories (2007)
  • The Violent Earth (1998)
  • Mrs. Craddock's Complaint (1997)
  • Naked Story of Men (Episode: "Ghost Story") (1996)
  • Under the Skin, episode The Long Ride (1993) (AACTA Award)
  • Double Trouble (1992)



External links

  • Internet Movie Database

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