Christiaan Van Vuuren is one of the creators, writers and directors of the multi-platform comedy series Soul Mates, which premiered on ABC2 in 2014 and moved to ABC1 in 2015. Soul Mates is a spin-off of the successful web-series Bondi Hipsters which Christiaan co-created with Nick Boshier, for which he won an ADG Award for Best Direction in an Original Online Project in 2013, and whose YouTube channel has hosted in excess of 20 million views. The second series of Soul Mates screened on ABC and ABC iView in 2016, and resulted in Christiaan receiving an ADG Award nomination for Best Direction in a TV or SVOD Comedy Program.
Christiaan’s diagnosis with tuberculosis inspired his move into filmmaking, which began with his video Life in Quarantine, by The Fully Sick Rapper, which garnered over one million YouTube views. Following the success of this video, Christiaan went on to produce a series for YouTube that gained him global celebrity on the site. Teaming up with his brother Connor Van Vuuren, Christiaan later won the ONE80PROJECT, adapting their idea into a telemovie entitled SICK!, which aired on MTV in 2012. He has most recently worked on Jungle series Squinters and Sando as director, and Foxtel’s new comedy series The Slot as host, director and performer. He is currently developing several television projects, and comedy-horror feature Croak with his brother Connor, to be produced by Chloe Rickard for Jungle and Bridget Callow-Wright for Midwinter Films. Croak follows a misfit band of teenagers as they struggle to defeat a giant mutant cane toad plaguing their town, and the corrupt mining company that created it. The Van Vuuren Bros have recently received Skip Ahead funding for the development of their new webseries Over and Out.
Christiaan directed the comedy series The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide to Knife Fighting for the ABC, the webseries Skit Box and Eastern Suburbs Mums, and the viral Skitbox video Activewear. He has also written and directed content for brands including Old Spice, McDonalds, Vittoria, AMEX, Cadbury, Coca Cola, and Sony. Christiaan acted in miniseries Stag for the BBC, and recently appeared in television series Top Of The Lake: China Girl and Ben Elton’s feature Three Summers.