Connor Van Vuuren is a writer, director, actor and stunt performer who graduated from UTS. Inspired from his brother Christiaan’s illness, together they filmed The Fully Sick Rapper, which garnered over 1.5 million YouTube views. They went on to win the ONE80PROJECT, adapting their idea into a telemovie titled SICK!, which aired on MTV in 2012. SICK! is currently in development for a series adaptation for the US. Christiaan and Connor are also developing a number of Australian television and web projects, as well as comedy-horror feature Croak, 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.
Connor is one of the creators, writers and directors of ABC2’s 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 won an ADG Award for Best Direction in an Original Online Project in 2013. The second series of Soul Mates screened on ABC1 and ABC iView in Australia, and Seeso in the US, and earned Connor an ADG Award nomination for Best Direction in a TV or SVOD Comedy Program. In 2017, he and Christiaan directed Jungle series Squinters and Sando.
In 2013, Connor directed for the sketch comedy series The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide to Knife Fighting for the ABC and Jungle Boys. Along with his brother, he has directed branded content for a number of brands, including Coke, Sony, Ikea, Cadbury, AMEX, and Unilever.
Connor is also an experienced stunt performer who has worked on productions such as The Wolverine, I, Frankenstein, Mad Max: Fury Road, A Few Best Men, The Hobbit and Gods of Egypt.