‘Alien: Covenant’: Two Female Directors To Work Alongside Ridley Scott in Australia

IndieWire – May 16, 2016

Ridley Scott is adding two female directors to his team when he shoots “Alien: Covenant” in Australia. It was announced by Screen Australia and the Australian Directors Guild (ADG) that Brooke Goldfinch and Catriona McKenzie were chosen as the director’s attachments for the film and will work with the director for five weeks. 

“A director’s attachment with Ridley Scott is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Across all genres, his films have a pure cinematic vision. I look forward to being a great big sponge – quiet and absorbing,” said McKenzie in a statement.

Australian Theatre Company (ATC) Summer Series 2015


 Stage to Screen

LA is the movie capital of the world and to celebrate our first production Holding the Man being released as a feature film, we are presenting some great Aussie plays that have gone on to become great Australian films!

Each Wednesday night in June we will be encouraging LA’s theatre community, friends, family, ex-pats, sponsors, government and industry people to join us at the Matrix Theatre at 7pm for these free networking events. They’ll be treated to a showcase of some of the most talented Australian actors based in LA lead by exciting directors with examples of the finest material to have been played on Australian stages and screens as well as some top Australian wine!”

Nick Enright’s Blackrock
Directed by Catriona McKenzie
June 3, 2015 @ 7pm

Aurora Announces 2015 Teams

Screen NSW’s prestigious annual script workshop announces four projects


“Since its inception in 2002, Screen NSW’s Aurora Script Workshop has mentored the likes of Animal Kingdom, Wish You Were Here, The Black Balloon, Little Fish and Somersault. Suffice to say, the script development program has a proven track record when it comes to identifying major new Australian filmmaking talent and the 2015 teams have just been announced.

The first project to make the cut is Stolen from writer Patricia Cornelius and writer/director/producer Catriona McKenzie (pictured), the latter of whom is no stranger to Aurora, having workshopped her debut feature, Satellite Boy, via the program in 2006. McKenzie’s new film revolves around a young white woman, who inexplicably walks off into the desert with a traditional Aboriginal family group. The mystery surrounding the woman unravels in reverse chronological order.”

Aussie FX vie for the AACTA


“Screen NSW has confirmed the four NSW-based filmmaking teams participating in its Aurora feature film development program in 2015. Playwright Stephen Sewell will develop a psychological drama based on the “abattoir killer” Katherine Knight, with Cedar Boys director Serhat Caradee and producer Liz Burton. Satellite Boy director Catriona McKenzie will work on the drama Stolen with writer Patricia Cornelius. Bran Nue Dae and Looking for Alibrandi producer Robyn Kershaw will work with writer/director Jessica Redenbach on Everything Else and with writer Stephen Davis, and director Trilby Glover on apocalypse film, It’s Not The End of the World. Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant said the 2015 Aurora program advisers will be Emmy-nominated producer, Meg LeFauve (The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys); The Sapphires’ co-writer Keith Thompson; and UK development executive, Katherine Butler, who was formerly Head of Development at Film 4. Previous Aurora projects include Animal Kingdom, The Black Balloon, Wish You Were Here, Little Fish and Somersault.”

Australian Directors Guild Awards


“2014 recipient of the Finders Award – Catriona McKenzie for her film Satellite Boy.  The ADG, in partnership with the Directors Guild of America Finders series, selects one Australian feature film, which is yet to secure U.S. distribution and is an entry in the 2014 ADG Awards, to screen in Los Angeles and New York to key industry figures, including distributors.”