Christiaan Van Vuuren is one of the creators, writers and directors of ABC2’s multi-platform comedy series Soul Mates which premiered on ABC2 in 2014 and is moving to ABC1 in 2015.
Soul Mates is a spin off from the successful web series Bondi Hipsters which Christiaan co-created with Nick Boshier - a story about two hedonistic “scenesters” who espouse pearls of wisdom to the none-the-wise. Bondi Hipsters won an ADG Award for ‘Best Direction in an Original Online Project’ in 2013.
Christiaan originally decided to move into filmmaking after being told he had tuberculosis and would be confined in a hospital room for 6 months. This inspired his first video The Fully Sick Rapper, which garnered over 1 million YouTube views. Following the success of this video, Christiaan went on to produce a series for YouTube that gained him global notoriety on the site.
Teaming up with his brother Connor Van Vuuren, they went on to win the ONE80PROJECT, adapting their idea into a telemovie titled SICK! which aired on MTV in 2012.
Christiaan has also directed for the comedy series The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide to Knife Fighting for the ABC and Jungleboys, the web-series’ Skit Box and Eastern Suburbs Mums, and has written and directed branded content for a number of brands, including Old Spice, McDonalds, Vittoria, AMEX, Cadbury, Coca Cola, and Sony.
Christiaan is currently in development on the second series of Soul Mates as well as a series adaptation of SICK!