Gillian May Armstrong is an award-winning Australian feature film and documentary director, who specializes in period drama. Her films often feature female perspectives and protagonists.Early lifeArmstrong was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 18 December 1950. She went to a local high school, Vermont High School , and was the middle child of a local real estate agent father and a primary school teacher mother who gave up work to have a family. Armstrong stated in The Australian that her parents were always very supportive of their hopes and dreams, which was not always the way it was for women in the 1960s and 70s. Her father was a frustrated photographer who wasn't allowed to follow his dreams professionally, yet always practised as an amateur. Armstrong reminisces of how she grew up in a dark room, learning all about photography.