Catriona McKenzie graduated with Honours from the prestigious Australian Film, Television and Radio School - whose alumni include Jane Campion and Phillip Noyce - and studied screenwriting at NYU, TISCH. Most recently, Catriona wrapped on Hoodlum drama Harrow (ABC), starring Ioan Gruffudd. She also directed the second season of the hit series The Secret Daughter (Screentime/Seven), The Warriors (Arenamedia/ABC), and two webseries: the absurdist comedy Kiki and Kitty (Porchlight Films/iView); and The Wrong Kind of Black (Princess Pictures/iView). In 2016, following her completion of a highly competitive directing attachment with Ridley Scott on Alien: Covenant, Catriona became the only first nations female director to work on series television in the US when she secured Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments for Freeform (ABC Family).
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.
She has several projects in development, including features Stolen, a mystery thriller inspired by a true story; Min Min, a supernatural thriller; Girl Race, a female driven action film; and Unity, a high concept cli-fi piece for television.
Catriona is of Australian Aboriginal descent; her tribe is the Kunai Gurnai of South Eastern Australia.