Originally from Australia, Christel is an LA based director/DP, writer and producer. Armed with a pen and a camera, she's captured compelling images and powerful stories, from the streets of Kolkata to villages in Malawi, dominatrix dungeons in Manhattan, and the boardrooms of Capitol Hill.
Christel wrote and directed An Idiot's Guide to Climate Change starring Rainn Wilson from The Office and Greta Thunberg - a six-part digital docu-series, produced by SoulPancake and Oscar-winning Participant Media.
She also directed Her American Dream - a short doc for MOSTe, a non-profit for the education of disadvantaged girls. In 2019, Christel traveled across the USA, filming over 20 grieving families for feature doc and digital series Speaking Grief, produced by PBS/WPSU and released in 2020.
Christel graduated with a BA in Communication: Creative Writing from the University of Technology, Sydney, where she won the Human Rights Award for Women in 2008. She also studied International Journalism and Documentary Film at the University of Westminster In London, UK.
She began her career by working as a camera assistant on Obama's White House PSA short docs Joining Forces with Hanks, Spielberg and Oprah, and Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman.
Christel's first experience as a documentarian was at 17 when she set off to Zimbabwe, Egypt and Kenya with a camera to explore how female genital mutilation impacts the lives of women and girls. Throughout her studies, Christel worked with children's non-government organizations on the ground throughout Europe, Africa and Kolkata, India.
Her film portfolio includes work for Revelations, The White House, SoulPancake/Participant Media, PBS, The Academy of Motion Pictures, Overbrook Ent, Wayfarer Ent, ThinkFactory Media, Fusion TV and various non-profit organizations. She's worked on feature films, documentaries, reality/unscripted TV, music videos and commercials for global brands.
Christel is also a former professional dancer having danced in videos for artists Kylie Minogue, Adam Lambert and Maroon 5. She still dances: tap, hip hop and angry ballet, much to the dismay of her neighbors.
Christel is a new member of the Australian Directors' Guild.
Writer and director of An Idiot's Guide to Climate Change - a docu-series
starring Rainn Wilson and Greta Thunberg for SoulPancake/Participant.
Feature doc Speaking Grief - for PBS/WPSU, airs on public TV from May.
Christel is represented by CAA.