David Willing is a writer/director based in Melbourne Australia. He fell in love with films at the age of five when he saw Beau Geste starring Gary Cooper.
He studied Film & TV at Deakin University and his graduation film Disintegration received the highest honours and screened at Longford Cinema, MUFF2000 and Eyecandy2000.
Since graduation he's been working as a writer/director on short films, features, documentaries and music videos.
In 2017 he directed My Little Life, a comedy mockumentary set in the world of competitive miniature dollhouse making. It's currently screening at international festivals and at Setting Sun Film Festival it was nominated for 5 awards including Best Director, Best Film and Best Comedy.
In 2015 he directed The Escape Hatch, a funny, sweet and sexy comedy about love. It has selected by more than 50 national and international film festivals including BFI Flare 30th Anniversary, San Francisco prestigious Frameline, Melbourne Queer Festival and throughout the USA, Europe, Asia and South America winning 5 awards.
That year David also wrote/directed/edited Walking With The Mursi, an adventure travel documentary about his 500km hike across the remote and desolate tribal region of the Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia. The intimate and personal story combined with unique footage is one of the last authentic adventures into the disapearing world of the Mursi.
In 2014/15 he directed seven short films dramatising aspects of leadership for Deakin University's School of Business. The unique scripted educational films including (Re)Construction are in genres as diverse as mockumentary, comedy and crime/mystery.
In 2013 David directed and co-wrote Lunch Date, a sharp comedy about online dating for Open Channel and Screen Australia’s Raw Nerve initiative. Broadcast in 2014 as part of ABC2’s First Date/Worst Date it was the highest rating short with 79000 viewers, earning it an additional two screenings.
David has written eight feature films including The Seduction which was developed through Film Victoria’s Catapult Initiative and Collar which was short listed by Australian Film Commission. He is currently co writing a low budget ghost horror The Surrogate with Beth King which was a finalist in Final Drafts Big Break and New York Horror Film Festival 2018. He is also developing three crime TV series, The Binding Murders, The Past and T-Watch.
His earlier short film Collier Brothers Syndrome depicting two brothers suffering mental illness premiered at St Kilda Film Festival, screened twice on SBSTV and was awarded Best Sound Design by the Australian Screen Sound Guild.
As a qualified teacher and script editor he has taught and mentored 1000's of aspiring and experienced writers and directors developing their projects and realising their dreams.