who we are

Dirty Films is an independent film, television and podcast production company headed by partners Cate Blanchett, Andrew Upton and Coco Francini. We intentionally align with projects that range in genre and size, resulting in partnerships with both known and undiscovered filmmakers and artists from around the world. We bring a hands-on approach to visual storytelling, prioritising collaboration with our creative partners. As creators ourselves, we are passionate about maintaining an artist-first environment that embraces innovation in the production process, providing the space to experiment and refine, resulting in a body of quality work that is personal, impactful, original and unexpected.

what we’ve been doing

We recently produced Warwick Thornton’s feature film THE NEW BOY with Scarlett Pictures, Christos Nikou’s FINGERNAILS with FilmNation Entertainment and executive produced Noora Niasari’s SHAYDA, with Origma45.  All three films are for release in 2023. The company is in active development on CHAMPIONS, to be directed by Ben Stiller, and an adaptation of Lucia Berlin’s A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN. We executive produced Christos Nikou’s APPLES, which was named one of the year’s best International Films by the National Board of Review, the highly acclaimed 10-time EMMY nominated MRS. AMERICA, named one of 2020’s Best Television Shows by the American Film Institute, and the Netflix limited series STATELESS, which received a record breaking 18 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) nominations, winning 13. Our other credits include TRUTH, CAROL, LITTLE FISH, THE TURNING, and the sustainability podcast CLIMATE OF CHANGE, which offers a solutions-based narrative on climate action.

Georgie Pym
Vice President
Julie Duffell
executive assistant
Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett is co-founder and partner of Dirty Films, alongside Andrew Upton (with whom she was co-CEO and Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre Company from 2008 - 2012). An internationally acclaimed, two-time Academy Award & four-time BAFTA winning actor, producer, artistic director, and humanitarian, she has presided over the festival juries in Cannes (2018) and Venice (2020), and The Venice Film Festival has twice awarded her with The Volpi Cup for Best Performance. Blanchett recently co-produced and appeared in Warwick Thornton’s THE NEW BOY. She played the titular role in and executive produced Todd Field’s TÁR, and recently wrapped production on DISCLAIMER, directed by Alfonso Cuaron, in which she appears and is executive producer. Blanchett’s additional acting credits include NIGHTMARE ALLEY, DON'T LOOK UP, THOR: RAGNAROK, CAROL (which Dirty Films executive produced), BLUE JASMINE, NOTES ON A SCANDAL, THE AVIATOR, I'M NOT THERE, ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE, TRUTH and LITTLE FISH (both Executive Produced by Dirty Films), THE LORD OF THE RINGS and THE HOBBIT.

She recently co-produced Christos Nikou’s FINGERNAILS, featuring Jessie Buckley and Riz Ahmed, executive produced Noora Niasari’s SHAYDA - which won the Audience Award at Sundance, and is in active development on CHAMPIONS, to be directed by Ben Stiller. The company also produced the acclaimed Audible Original podcast series, CLIMATE OF CHANGE.

She is a Global Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and a lifetime member of the Australian Conservation Foundation. In 2012, Blanchett was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture. She has received three Honorary Doctorates (University of New South Wales, University of Sydney, and Macquarie University) as well as the Companion of the Order of Australia.
Andrew Upton
Andrew Upton is a writer, producer and director of film, television and theatre and a co-Founder and partner of Dirty Films. From 2008 to 2012, he was co-CEO and co-Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre Company (STC), alongside Cate Blanchett, and sole Artistic Director from 2013 to 2015. During this time he programmed and oversaw annual seasons of productions across four Sydney venues, as well as national and international touring in Europe and the USA (including his adaptations of Chekhov’s UNCLE VANYA and THE PRESENT on Broadway, co-adaptation and translation of THE MAIDS, and as director of Beckett’s WAITING FOR GODOT). Leading Australia’s largest performing arts company he also advocated for sustainability and co-led the transformation of the company’s home base to accommodate Australia’s second-largest rooftop solar array, while co-leading the award-winning Greening the Wharf sustainability program and pioneering in-school professional learning development programmes. For the National Theatre (UK), Upton was responsible for adaptations of Maxim Gorky’s PHILISTINES and CHILDREN OF THE SUN, Bulgakov’s THE WHITE GUARD and Chekhov’s THE CHERRY ORCHARD. Upton was an executive producer of STATELESS, a six-part limited Netflix Original series, created and produced by Dirty Films and Matchbox Pictures for the ABC and Netflix, which won 13 AACTA Awards. He recently produced Warwick Thornton’s THE NEW BOY which premiered at Cannes Film Festival, and Christos Nikou’s FINGERNAILS, featuring Jessie Buckley and Riz Ahmed, and has executive produced Nikou’s APPLES, which premiered at Venice Film Festival in 2020, Noora Niasari’s debut feature film, SHAYDA, which premiered (and won the Audience Award) at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Under the auspices of Dirty Films Upton executive produced CAROL, LITTLE FISH, THE TURNING and TRUTH. He also co-created and executive produced the Audible Original podcast series, CLIMATE OF CHANGE with Cate Blanchett and Danny Kennedy.
Coco Francini
Coco Francini is an Emmy-nominated producer and a partner at Dirty Films, alongside Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton. She recently produced Christos Nikou’s FINGERNAILS, featuring Jessie Buckley and Riz Ahmed, and has executive produced Iranian-Australian filmmaker Noora Niasari’s feature debut SHAYDA, starring Cannes Best Actress winner Zar Amir-Ebrahimi, which premiered in the World Dramatic Competition at Sundance this past year and went on to win the Audience Award. Previous to her work with Dirty Films, Coco executive produced MRS. AMERICA for FX Networks, written by MAD MEN alum Dahvi Waller. The show premiered in April 2020 and received ten Emmy nominations, including Best Limited Series, Outstanding Writing, and acting nominations for Blanchett, Margo Martindale, and Tracey Ullman, as well as an Emmy win for Uzo Aduba. Coco is also a frequent collaborator of Quentin Tarantino. Beginning with DJANGO UNCHAINED and then on THE HATEFUL EIGHT where she oversaw the global 70MM roadshow tour and the soundtrack/score that won a long-deserved Academy Award for Ennio Morricone. A graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Francini earned her master's from the elite Peter Stark Producing Program at USC.