Filmmaker - Director - Performer
Vanessa has worked in the arts industry for almost 20 years. She has a long history as a performer with the Court Theatre, and has run her own successful voice business for over 7 years.
Over the last three years Vanessa has shifted from in front of the camera to behind, as a freelance director, field producer, production assistant and writer, with highlights being producing, writing and directing her debut documentary film East to East. Vanessa worked on the feature film Human Traces, as part of a tight team of cast and crew, working in tough locations.
East to East screened at the 2018 New Zealand International Film Festival to sell-out houses. An education version of East to East, with an accompanying resource kit, is now available. For more information, get in touch.
In March 2018 Vanessa directed the stage show “Medea – The Mother” for Ghost Light Theatre (Nelson) for the Dunedin Fringe Festival. Recently Vanessa was co-director and performance coach for “Give Kate A Voice”, an interactive spoken word video celebrating the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in NZ.
In November 2018 Vanessa will be travelling to Scott Base with Antarctica NZ’s Community Engagement Programme – commissioned to produce a touring children’s play (and there might just be a documentary too).
Vanessa is also on the board of WIFT NZ (Women in Film and Television), and believes strongly in giving back to the arts and community. Adventurous or social change docos, fictional stories (short film or feature length) showcasing the human condition, or strong character relationships, are the kinds of projects Elanti Media is interested in. If you want to talk about anything like this - give us a call!