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Aussie A-listers mourn the death of Australian director Shirley Barrett

The Australian film and television industry is in mourning this week following the death of acclaimed writer and director Shirley Barrett.

Barrett, 60, died Wednesday after a five-year battle with cancer after being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2017.

She is best known for directing some of Australia’s most notable TV dramas and for winning the Cannes Camera d’Or award in 1996 for her debut film, Love Serenade.

Australia's film and television industry is in mourning this week after the death of acclaimed writer and director Shirley Barrett (pictured)

Australia’s film and television industry is in mourning this week after the death of acclaimed writer and director Shirley Barrett (pictured)

Tributes to celebrities from many of the Aussie A-listers Barrett has worked with over the years have been pouring in on social media in recent days.

Rebecca Gibney, who worked with Barrett on Packed To The Rafters, called the director “one of a kind” in an emotional post on Thursday.

‘From my burlesque dancing on Rafters to our debates about what a must-view is. You insisted on excellence and you never wavered,” Gibney wrote.

‘What a brilliantly exceptional human being. I’m going to watch Love Serenade tonight for the 50th time. Go gently, beautiful you, until we meet again.’

Barrett, 60, died Wednesday after a five-year battle with cancer after being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2017.

Barrett, 60, died Wednesday after a five-year battle with cancer after being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2017.

Barrett, 60, died Wednesday after a five-year battle with cancer after being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2017.

Julia Morris responded to the post, writing, “I loved Shirley so much. She was my first director on House Husbands and was such an inspiration. What a loss.’

Asher Keddie, who worked with the late director on Offspring, wrote: “There will always be a piece of you with me on every set, encouraging me to be my best, bravest self.

“To baffle everyone with delight, always reaching for more. Insist on joy. You incomparable, brilliant, insanely funny, wonderful human being Shirley Barrett… RIP.’

Other celebrities who paid tribute included Georgie Parker, Kat Stewart and Kerry Armstrong.

Julia Morris (pictured) paid tribute, writing: “I loved Shirley so much.  She was my first director on House Husbands and was such an inspiration.  What a loss.'

Julia Morris (pictured) paid tribute, writing: “I loved Shirley so much.  She was my first director on House Husbands and was such an inspiration.  What a loss.'

Julia Morris (pictured) paid tribute, writing: “I loved Shirley so much. She was my first director on House Husbands and was such an inspiration. What a loss.’

1659704718 574 Aussie A listers mourn the death of Australian director Shirley Barrett

1659704718 574 Aussie A listers mourn the death of Australian director Shirley Barrett

Asher Keddie, who worked with the late director on Offspring, wrote, “There will always be a piece of you with me on every set, encouraging me to be my best, bravest self.” Asher and Shirley pictured together on set

Barrett directed some of Australia’s most popular TV dramas during her career, including Home and Away, Heartbreak High, Love Child and Packed to the Rafters.

She got her big break in 1996 with her first feature film, Love Serenade, which stunned critics and conquered the awards circuit.

Hollywood soon knocked, but Barrett made some bad career decisions, including turning down both Erin Brokovich and American Beauty — two Oscar-winning films.

Despite the clunky Hollywood stardom, Barrett says she has no regrets about her life.

“I feel like I’ve had a happy and privileged life, even though I die a little earlier than I would have liked,” she said earlier. the guard.

“I’ve had a loving family, a wonderful husband, beautiful children, and a career where I’ve been able to do exactly what I wanted to do. I don’t feel like I missed anything.’

Barrett directed some of Australia's most popular TV dramas during her career, including Home and Away, Heartbreak High, Love Child and Packed to the Rafters.

Barrett directed some of Australia's most popular TV dramas during her career, including Home and Away, Heartbreak High, Love Child and Packed to the Rafters.

Barrett directed some of Australia’s most popular TV dramas during her career, including Home and Away, Heartbreak High, Love Child and Packed to the Rafters.

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