Phoebe Hartley is a freelance filmmaker, writer and audio producer based in Melbourne, Australia.
She has a Graduate Diploma in Journalism, a Bachelor of Arts (Media Studies), and more than a dozen years experience in film and television under her belt.
Her short films and documentaries have screened at film festivals around the world. Her writing appears online in several arts and culture publications. She has a background in theatre, with plays published and staged in Melbourne, Sydney and Edinburgh. And she produces audio stories for national broadcast.
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. She has worked as a full-time director attached to production companies, and has also run her own production business, Paper Plane Films, since the beginning of her career.
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.
In 2016 Phoebe welcomed her greatest little co-production into the world, and is thoroughly enjoying this new adventure. As at 2019, directing work is still on hiatus, but she is currently accepting selected writing projects, and is also producing audio features.