Born in Canada and raised in New Zealand, Alison came to international attention when her short film Kitchen Sink was nominated for a Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival and won eight awards at festivals worldwide.
She followed up her success with two feature films: Crush, which was an official selection at Cannes, and Jesus’ Son which won the Little Gold Lion at the Venice Film Festival and earned Alison a Best Director nomination. She has also directed episodes of the critically acclaimed series Sex and the City, Carnivale, The Tudors, The L-Word, and Gossip Girl.
In addition to her impressive narrative work, Alison co-directed the documentary Person of Interest, which screened in competition at the Sundance Film Festival, and the comedic documentary/narrative hybrid Intolerable, which screened at the Edinburg, Toronto, L.A., and Hamptons International Film festivals.
Most recently, Alison wrote and directed her much anticipated third feature film The Rehearsal which top critics regard as “sensitive,” “thoughtful” and “provocative.” The Rehearsal had its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and went on to screen as the reputable New York Film Festival and London International Film Festival.
Alison has brought her unique blend of sharp, deadpan humor and pathos to her commercial work. She has directed multiple spots for Allstate, Athenos, AT&T, Acura, Honda, Ikea, Honeywell, Intel, and Toyota.
Alison has made her home in New York for the last two decades. She currently lives in Brooklyn.