Judith Levine
Judith Levine

BEd (Deakin)

Judith (Judi) Levine (’72) is an accomplished independent movie producer who has worked in Europe, Australia and the United States.

Judith (Judi) Levine (’72) is an accomplished independent film producer who has worked in Europe, Australia and the United States. Her credits include work on feature films, documentaries and renowned television mini-series, many of which reflect her passion for telling stories addressing the human condition and raising awareness of issues affecting people from all walks of life.

After studying film and drama at Rusden (Deakin), Judi worked her way up the production ladder. She was a producer on the critically acclaimed comedy Paperback Romance and worked on the award-winning Australian mini-series The Dunera Boys and Waterfront. Her first short film Plead Guilty, Get a Bond, about an Aboriginal woman and the white legal system, won an Australian Film Industry (AFI) award for Best Screenplay in a Short Film.

In 2011, Judi produced the award-winning feature film The Sessions starring Oscar-winner Helen Hunt, who was nominated for a 2013 Academy Award for her role in the movie. The Sessions garnered numerous nominations and awards including the Audience Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and a Sundance Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Cast, and Audience Awards at the San Sebastian and Mill Valley film festivals.

Judi has also been involved with numerous documentaries including The Migrant Experience, a six-hour series examining Australia as a migrant nation, and she produced Hollywood Gold, a wry insider’s look at the jewellery trade of Beverly Hills for Discovery Channel.

In addition to developing new projects, Judi lectures on the art of surviving in the toughest movie town in the world. Her international seminars, Jump Start to Hollywood, are aimed at helping young hopefuls find an easier path to establishing themselves in the United States.

Judi lives in Hollywood with her husband, writer-director Ben Lewin and their three children.

Updated January 2016