Natalie has had a solid career in the arts for the last 25 years. Her career spans theatre, music, film and television, both as a performer and behind the lens. Beginning as an Actress in the theatre, Natalie soon found that she was a skilled storyteller. She moved into film, training as an Editor and Sound Designer at QUT, which led to her cutting short films in the late 90s. It was during this period she started writing and directing short films herself, funded by SBS, WIFT and PFTC. Moving to the UK in 2000, Natalie joined the BBC Comedy Department as a Producer’s Assistant and Researcher, working on ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS and FRENCH & SAUNDERS. She was later mentored as a Producer and Director by Armando Iannucci, working on the development and production of cult hits such as THE THICK OF IT and TIME TRUMPET. She jumped back into directing as Series and Lead Director on all three seasons of CBBC sitcom, HOT TRUBBLE and later helped launch the BBC Comedy online portal where she developed and made online content with new and established comedians including Stewart Lee, Mitchell and Webb and Morwenna Banks.
After leaving the BBC Natalie focused on directing, becoming Lead and Series Director on UK shows including the Emmy Award-winning David Hasselhoff comedy, HOFF THE RECORD, BBC2s award-winning, political-comedy THE THICK OF IT Series 4 and the Jo Brand & Morwenna Banks critically acclaimed C4 series, DAMNED Pilot & Season 2.
In 2019 Natalie re-joined forces with Armando Iannucci, directing 3 episodes of his new HBO Comedy AVENUE 5, starring Hugh Laurie. Most recently Natalie completed production in Toronto on another new HBO series, RUN, starring and executive produced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Other Guest Directing gigs include Comedy-Drama’s LOADED for Channel 4/AMC and E4/TNT’s GAP YEAR. Wanting to move her career closer to home Natalie relocated to Melbourne in 2014, joining Princess Pictures as a Development Producer and Director. In 2018 she was part of the development team, as well as Lead Director, on the hit Peter Hellier and Lisa McCune comedy, HOW TO STAY MARRIED, for Network Ten.
Natalie is currently attached to two comedy feature projects: AUDREY, an Australian, black comedy produced by Invisible Republic (SLAM, THREE SUMMERS) and written by Lou Sanz. Audrey has received script financing from Screen Australia; and SUMO, written by Richard Galazka. Sumo is a co-production headed up by French company Main Journey (DEATH OF STALIN, THE UNTOUCHABLES); NDF (THE CRYING GAME, NAKED LUNCH) and Wigwam (I-BOY, UNDER THE SHADOW), the film is in the final stages of financing.
As a Producer, Natalie has a wealth of experience developing, pitching and making programs. During her work at the BBC and with Princess Pictures she has helped create and deliver comedies, dramas and format shows, working closely with new and established talent that includes Tim Vine, Peter Hellier, Toby Truslove, Morwenna Banks and Rebecca Front. She has several projects that she is currently pitching in the international market including SOCIETY MAN and N.O. SANCTUARY. Her breadth of experience means that she is invaluable and in-demand for all stages of development – plotting, writing, production and post. Whilst Natalie’s greatest skills are working with the writers and actors to create funny, moving and believable stories, she balances that with her keen eye for composition and design, as well as a love for sound and music.