ABOUT

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 NY, and the boardrooms of Capitol Hill.

 

Christel produced and shot for the Emmy-winning show INTERVENTION,

which profiles people whose uncontrollable addiction to drugs, alcohol or compulsive behavior has brought them to the brink of destruction.

  

She also 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.

Other recent work includes feature doc Speaking Grief  for public television  where she lensed dozens of grieving families and experts across the USA.

Christel began her career over a decade ago by working as a camera assistant on shows such as Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman and White House PSA: Joining Forces with Oprah, Spielberg and Hanks.

She holds a BA in Communications: Creative Writing from the University of

Technology, Sydney, where she won the Human Rights Award for

Women. She also studied International Journalism and Documentary Film at the University of Westminster in London, UK.

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 India.

Her film portfolio includes work for A&E,  Participant, Revelations, PBS, Discovery, The White House, The Academy of Motion Pictures, Overbrook, Wayfarer Ent, SoulPancake ThinkFactory Media, Fusion TV and various non-profit organizationsShe's worked on feature films, documentaries, reality/unscripted TV, music videos and commercials for demanding agencies and 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.

NEWS

Christel is a member of the Australian Directors' Guild.

Interview: Aussie Activist Behind the Filmmaker's Lens in Los Angeles

Inside Film Magazine Australia Interview 

Christel is represented by CAA.

 

© CHRISTEL CORNILSEN 2021