In 1990 Lawrence was nominated number one of the top one hundred commercial directors in Australia. His international reputation is similarly impressive. Lawrence's work has been lauded throughout London, Los Angeles, New York, Venice and Cannes. His commercials have won numerous awards.
Lawrence's feature film debut was equally spectacular. His controversial film BLISS, based on the best selling novel by Peter Carey, was selected for screening at the London, New York and San Francisco Film Festivals and was invited into main competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1985. The film was an international success, both critically and financially. In 1986 BLISS also won the Australian Film Institute awards for Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay (co-written with the Peter Carey).
Since BLISS, Lawrence has continued to work in commercials and has written many screenplays including TRACKS, based on the novel by Robyn Davidson, and SWEETLIP, based on Robert Drewe's short story of the same name.
Lawrence's commercial work continues to flourish. He is now firmly established in the United States and is rated among the top ten commercial directors there. Recently, the Directors Guild of America recognized his work on the hugely successful M.C.I. campaign.
Ray Lawrence Facts