Natalie Erika James
WRITER, DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER
Natalie Erika James is a Japanese-Australian writer, director, and producer, born in the USA and based in Melbourne. She has both a bachelor and honour’s degree in Film and Television from the Victorian College of the Arts.
Her feature project, RELIC, produced by Carver Films and co-written by Christian White, has received development funding through the Screen Australia Gender Matters program, with further support from Film Victoria. She is also one of the writer/directors of the all-female horror anthology by Unicorn Films, which has received several rounds of Film Victoria development support.
Her 2016 short, CRESWICK, premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival, and has gone on to screen at 30+ festivals including Flickerfest, Atlanta Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, Fantasia and the New York Film Festival. CRESWICK was recently awarded a 2017 AWGIE Award for Best Short Form screenplay by the Australian Writer’s Guild.
Natalie also produced UNDER THE SUN, shot on location in Changzhou, China. UNDER THE SUN premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival in the Cinefondation program, and has gone on to screen at 50+ festivals internationally.
In early 2017, Natalie was awarded the Film Victoria funded director’s attachment on Leigh Whannell’s sci-fi thriller, STEM. Natalie’s next project, DRUM WAVE, is funded by the highly competitive Screen Australia Hot Shots Plus Fund for both development and a proof-of-concept short film.
Natalie also directs commercials and music videos through Melbourne production company, Fiction (fiction.net.au). She has previously won Australian Music Video of the Year at the 2015 Triple J Awards for directing the music video MINE by artist Life is Better Blonde.