Martha Goddard is a director based in Brisbane. Her work is defined by strong, authentic performances and a distinct visual style.
Martha loves smart films with a bold heart. Inherently drawn to contemporary issue, female-skewed material, and high concepts grounded in character. Martha is passionate about films across all genres; from raunchy food-comedy’s to existential sci-fi’s. While things can get dark, she ultimately wants to make work with a hopeful after-taste.
Most recently, Martha directed an episode of Jonathan M. Shiff’s acclaimed series The Bureau of Magical Things, Season Two (Network 10/Nickelodeon/ZDF Germany). Other recent credits include writing and directing All Our Eggs a micro-short series for Instagram with Adrienne Pickering, a recipient of Screen Australia’s Gender Matters funding initiative. She is also in development on a sci-fi-romance feature selected for the inaugural Charlie’s Writers Lab at Raleigh Studio’s in Hollywood; a joint venture by Australians in Film and Screen Queensland.
Martha is an alumni of Screen Australia’s Talent Escalator program working as a directors attachment for her industry mentor Jocelyn Moorhouse on The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth. Martha directed second unit for the opening sequence.
Martha’s work has been described as ‘[having] a frankness rarely seen’ (The Guardian), ‘surprising, intimate and heartfelt’ (BBC’s Cultural Frontline), ‘darkly humorous’ (Huffington Post).
Her shorts have won awards and screened at festivals both locally and internationally, including New York International, London Independent, Cineglobe Swizerland, Cinequest CA, Cinema des Antipodes at Festival de Cannes and Sydney’s Dendy Awards.
Hailing from a small, rural town, Martha was raised as the only child of two psychologists which she credits for inheriting a fascination with relationship complications and love stories, and clocking the absurdity of everyday life. Martha began her career in Los Angeles, after winning a scholarship to study with Ithaca College’s internship program where she worked on Saw (the original).
Martha is represented by Elizabeth Troyeur, Sydney NSW.