Catriona McKenzie

Writer / Director

Catriona McKenzie graduated with Honours from the prestigious Australian Film, Television and Radio School in 2001, studied screenwriting at NYU and TISCH, and interned at Scott Free Productions. Since graduating, she has worked as a director of network and cable television drama and dramedy. She has recently wrapped on Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments for Freeform (aka ABC Family) after having secured a highly competitive directing attachment with Ridley Scott on his feature Alien: Covenant. She is currently in production on the comedy drama series The Warriors for Arenamedia, which follows two young Indigenous men plucked from obscurity and thrust into the world of professional Australian Rules Football.

Catriona directed the pilot for the award-winning Redfern Now, which was developed in collaboration with the internationally acclaimed creator Jimmy McGovern (The Street, Cracker, The Lakes). She has also directed on the multi-Emmy nominated Dance Academy; Logie and AFI award-winner My Place (series 1 and 2) for ABC TV, and Satisfaction, starring Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver, for Showtime. Her other credits include The Circuit, RAN: Remote Area Nurse, The Alice, Fireflies, The Gods of Wheat Street, and the final episode of NBC’s Camp for Berman Braun. McKenzie was Commissioning Editor of Drama at ABC Australia. In 2007, she spent time as a director’s attachment on the television series Prison Break (Fox). Her critically-acclaimed and award-winning short films include Box, The Third Note, Road and Redfern Beach. Catriona also wrote and directed the multi-award winning documentary Mr Patterns (ABC TV) and directed the half hour drama Grange (ABC TV). In 2006, Catriona’s script for Satellite Boy was accepted into the coveted Aurora Script Development Program which had previously developed Animal Kingdom, Somersault and Little Fish.

A highly experienced television director, her first feature film, Satellite Boy, premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2012. In 2013, the film screened at Palm Springs International Film Festival, and collected the international and children’s juries’ Special Mention at Berlinale. Satellite Boy was nominated for an AACTA Award for Best Film and was the 2014 recipient of the Australian Directors Guild Finders Award and Best Feature at imagiNATIVE Media Arts Festival, Canada. She has several features in development including a supernatural thriller, a mystery inspired by a true story and two films that bridge the mythical with high-concept horror.

Catriona is of Australian Aboriginal descent; her tribe is the Kunai Gurnai of South Eastern Australia.

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