Ashleigh McArthur is a documentary filmmaker and former diplomat from Sydney, Australia. A recent graduate of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), her 2017 student film Pat's Studio premiered at the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art and went on to screen at leading film festivals around Australia. Before arriving at Stanford she collaborated with BAFTA-nominated director Jennifer Peedom (Sherpa, Mountain) on a feature documentary.
Prior to her filmmaking career Ashleigh spent eight years working on foreign policy and cultural affairs for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). During that time she contributed to public policy on security, human rights and climate change and represented Australia in Solomon Islands, Mexico and the US. Her final role with DFAT was as Director of Public Diplomacy at the Consulate-General in New York, where she was responsible for managing Australia's cultural and public affairs portfolios in the US Northeast. She speaks fluent Spanish.
Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant, 2018