Australian filmmaking “royalty” Jocelyn Moorhouse and PJ Hogan were riding high with the success of their films Proof and Muriel’s Wedding and Hollywood was calling. But 18 years would pass before Moorhouse directed another film and it’s only years later that she would reveal publicly why.
Moorhouse and Hogan are the parents of four children, two of whom have severe autism — Lily and Jack. When their second child, Lily, was diagnosed, Moorhouse stepped away from a glittering career, devoting herself to Lily’s therapy. When their third child, Jack, was also diagnosed, she thought she would never direct again.
But in 2015, almost two decades after directing her last film, Moorhouse made a triumphant return with The Dressmaker.
Now Moorhouse and Hogan’s focus is on securing a future for Lily and Jack that allows their other children, Spike and Maddy, to pursue their dreams.
Read more here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-15/australian-story-jocelyn-moorhouse-pj-hogan-tackle-autism/10950760
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