“The Narrow Bridge”

Writer and director of a documentary that explores the meaning of post traumatic growth and reveals how, after profound pain, people develop strengths they never had before. The film follows the stories of four people whose child or parent was killed in violent conflict, but instead of finding hate or despair Bushra, Rami, Meytal, and Bassam are transforming their loss into a bridge for conflict resolution. Through Esther’s lens as a trauma psychologist, the film explores who they used to be, who they are now and how the experience of trauma changed them.

Learn more about The Narrow Bridge by visiting its official website here.

“Anna's Song”

Writer and director of an interactive film designed for the newly redeveloped Jewish Holocaust Centre. Told through the eyes of a young boy, the film deals with themes of loss and memory and how it can be healing to give painful memories a shape – in words, music or art – and share them with others.

“Night Light”


Writer of a drama feature film about a troubled young boy and the feisty child psychologist who finds herself fighting the system, crossing red lines and risking her career and marriage to save him. Set in the visceral and visually compelling worlds of children’s circus and play therapy, the film confronts the system’s status quo and explores the challenge of authoring one’s own story and the variations of love between children and adults.

“Tel Aviv Nippers”


Writer of a romantic comedy and coming of age feature film about Luke, a loveable but naive lifesaver from Anglesea, who is sent to Tel Aviv to teach surf safety to kids (based on an actual program where Australian Lifesaving Association is currently training Israeli lifesavers.) When Luke falls in love with the spirited Michal he’s thrust into the city’s intensity, a fiery romance and a mystery connecting Australia and his family with Israel.

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