Phoebe Hartley is a freelance writer and audio producer with a background in filmmaking, working in regional Victoria and Melbourne.
She has a Graduate Diploma in Journalism, a Bachelor of Arts (Media Studies), and almost two decades of experience under her belt.
Phoebe produces audio stories for national broadcast.
Her writing appears online in several arts and culture publications.
A bit of background.
Starting out in post production, Phoebe worked for several years as an animation and visual effects producer for high-end television commercials. Moving over to live action, she spent a few years in production roles on the sets of local and international productions, before deciding to pursue a career in writing and directing.
Over the years she has written and directed oodles of corporate, educational and branded campaigns for a disparate array of well-known clients, including NAB and Google. She worked as a full-time director attached to production companies, and also ran her own production business, Paper Plane Films, from the beginning of her career until 2021. There was also a time when she dabbled in theatre, with short plays published and staged in Melbourne, Sydney and Edinburgh.
Through documentaries Phoebe has captured the stories of a parkour enthusiast, a man who overcame homelessness, Chinese lion dancers, and pro wrestlers. Her short dramas have explored complex family relationships and violence. She strives to investigate and celebrate the human condition, and to imbue her films with heart.
Phoebe completed a post graduate diploma in journalism in 2015, extending her storytelling skill set.
She now works at the foot of a mountain in north-west regional Victoria as a writer and audio producer, creating documentary features and developing audio fiction.