Julia Leigh ( b. 1970) is an Australian journalist, film director and screenwriter.
Born in 1970 in Sydney, Australia, [ Leigh is the daughter of three aughters of a doctor and maths teacher. She nitially studied law but shifted to writing. For th time she worked at the Australian Society of Authors. Her mentors included leading authors Frank Moorhouse and Toni Morrison.
Leigh is the writer of the ovels The Hunter and Disquiet, which received critical acclaim. The Hunter was adapted into a 2011 feature film starring Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill and Frances O'Connor. Leigh also wrote screenplay Sleeping Beauty about a university student drawn into shadowy world of desire. She made her directorial debut with this screenplay in 2011 Sleeping Beauty starring Emily Browning. Her film was selected for the main competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.