Catriona McKenzie graduated with Honours from the prestigious Australian Film, Television and Radio School in 2001, and studied screenwriting at NYU, TISCH and interned at Scott Free Productions.
Catriona’s recent directing credits include Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments for Freeform (aka ABC Family), which followed her securing a highly competitive directing attachment with Ridley Scott on his feature Alien: Covenant. She has recently directed comedy drama series The Warriors for Arenamedia, as well as two webseries, absurdist comedy Kiki and Kitty, and Wrong Kind of Black for Princess Pictures. Catriona is currently in production on the second season of Screentime’s hit series The Secret Daughter. She also has several features in development, including a supernatural thriller, a mystery inspired by a true story, and two films that bridge the mythical and high-concept horror.
Catriona previously directed the pilot for the award-winning Redfern Now, the multi-Emmy nominated Dance Academy; Logie and AFI award-winner My Place (series 1 and 2) for ABC TV, and Satisfaction for Showtime, starring Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver. 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.
In 2007, Catriona 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. Her first feature, Satellite Boy premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2012, and screened at Palm Springs International Film Festival in 2013, as well as collecting 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.
Catriona is of Australian Aboriginal descent; her tribe is the Kunai Gurnai of South Eastern Australia.