Stephen McCallum graduated from AFTRS in 2011 where he won the Foxtel Exceptional Talent award and the AFTRS EU scholarship. Since graduating Stephen has directed multiple award winning short films and commercials including his marriage equality advert for GetUp - It’s Time, which was voted AdNews Viral of the year and has had over 16,000,000 hits on YouTube.
In 2013 Stephen was the recipient of Screen Australia's director's attachment scheme for Tony Ayres' Matchbox feature film Cut Snake. In 2014 he was Glendyn Ivin's Director’s assistant on Channel 9’s Gallipoli where he directed 2nd Unit.
In 2016 Stephen was awarded the West Coast Visions fund to direct his debut feature film 1%, a Shakespearean tale of loyalty, ambition and betrayal set within the primal underworld of outlaw motorcycle gangs. 1% premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival where it was met with wide acclaim and went on to screen at the BFI London Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, Sydney Film Festival and the Melbourne International Film Festival. 1% was released theatrically in all major international territories including North America through A24.
Stephen has garnered a reputation for creating bold, character driven films set within visceral story worlds. He currently has multiple long form projects in development.