Que Minh Luu has been appointed as Netflix’s Director, Local Originals for Australia. Luu has been an executive producer at the ABC for the last three and a half years, producing genre bending shows including Content, Diary of an Uber Driver, Retrograde, and The Heights.
This appointment signals Netflix’s commitment to commissioning more shows and series by Australian productions.
Luu told Inside Film she is very excited about the role and hopes to explore a broader range of narratives. “There are a lot of opportunities and a lot of stories that have not been told yet,” she said.
Luu recently tweeted praise for the ABC, saying “It’s been a privilege to contribute to, and to confront, issues of diversity and inclusion within the org and the content it makes,” Luu said in her tweet. “I got to make some amazing shows and try out some weird stuff.”
“In these uncertain times, the ABC will endure. I am a passionate advocate for the ABC and the critical function it performs for the public.”
The broadcasting platforms’ head of scripted production, Sally Riley, hired Luu back in 2017, and told Inside Film she is “a driver of new and innovative ideas.”
“Que has been an incredibly important member of the ABC scripted team, bringing an energy and determination to her role that has lifted our content to greater heights.”
In 2018, Luu won a year-long mentorship with Betsy Beers, the producer of Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder; in the Australians in Film (AiF) and Screen Australia’s 12-month Mentor LA program.
Last year, she told The Design File’s Ashe Davenport she was compelled to go into television production because growing up, she didn’t see many people who looked like her on TV.
Speaking about her critically acclaimed series The Heights, Luu said, “The rationale behind creating The Heights was that we didn’t just want diversity of ethnicity and culture, we wanted to really bring to the foreground what it’s like to be working class and living in a big city.”
Lu completed a Bachelor’s degree in Film Production at Macquarie University and freelanced as an editor for over a decade before landing a role in the Script department at Sydney-based production company Matchbox Pictures.
She is a member of several boards, including the SPA Screen Forever Advisory board, Screen Australia’s Gender Matters Task Force, and the Jesse Cox Audio Fellowship board, which she helped create in honour of her late partner, Jesse Cox, a Walkley Award winning radio producer.