Appointed as a Film and Television Industry Advisory Committee Member to 31 December 2019 and reappointed to 31 December 2022.
Catriona McKenzie graduated with Honours from 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 Commissioning Editor of Drama at ABC Australia, and as a director of network, cable and premium cable television. In 2016, she directed Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments for Freeform/ABC Family, after securing a director’s attachment with Ridley Scott on his feature Alien: Covenant. She recently wrapped on comedy drama series The Warriors for Arenamedia, and has several projects in development for 2017.
Catriona’s television directing credits include the pilot of Redfern Now, Dance Academy; My Place, Satisfaction, 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. 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).
Satellite Boy, Catriona’s first feature film, 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 ADG Finders.
Catriona is of Australian Aboriginal descent: her tribe is the Kunai Gurnai of South Eastern Australia. Dedicated to developing emerging filmmakers, McKenzie has mentored in various film education initiatives, including the 2014 Sundance Native Lab.