Ariel Kleiman was born in 1985 in Melbourne, Australia. While still just a student at the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts, Ariel's short films began to tour worldwide. In early 2010, Young Love screened at the Sundance Film Festival, where it went on to win an Honorable Mention in short film making. Deeper Than Yesterday had its world premiere at Semaine de la Critique in 2010. He directed 4 episodes of Top of the Lake : China Girl.