Vanessa shot her first short film, Fairytale of the City (Starring Sam Worthington) in 2006 in Sydney, and has since made four short films, including the multi-award-winning Pudding Bowl. Following Pudding Bowl’s success, Vanessa won the 4Talent award for ‘Best Young Director in UK 2008’ and soon after got signed by Annex Films. She directed Aphrodite Fry, a pilot for Ruby / Sky written by and starring Sarah Solemani, and was a director on the 2nd series of My Mad Fat Diary for Tiger Aspect /Drama Republic / E4.
She directed Flea, a short film by Cat Jones for BBC and Marnie Dickens’ Thirteen for BBC/BBC America, starring Jodie Comer. She directed a three-part adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel Little Women for Playground / BBC 1 / PBS, adapted by Heidi Thomas and starring Angela Lansbury, Kathryn Newton, Michael Gambon and Maya Hawke, which aired at Christmas in 2017. Vanessa is currently working on a series of monologues (writers include Abi Morgan and Vicky Jones) for the BBC in celebration of 100 years of womens’ suffrage, curated by Vicky Featherstone.
Agent: Mady Niel, 42 Management