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Vanessa Alexander


Property Donor: The GPT Group & Urban Growth

Launched: 20 October 2014

Closed: 1 May 2015

about Vanessa Alexander

UPDATE: Vanessa has moved back home but working just the same with some new work from Sydney, as well as doing a project about Newcastle. I’m hoping to come back though!

What do you do?
I have worked extensively in television drama as a writer and director on numerous series (Outrageous Fortune, Maddigan’s Quest, The Pretender, This is not my Life). I produced and directed Being Eve, the International Emmy-nominated teen series which sold to more than 40 territories worldwide. The show aired on Nickelodeon, won a Gold and Silver World Medal at the New York Festival, Best Series and Best Children’s Series at the NZ Screen Awards, a Telly Award, a Media Peace Award, and the Prix Grande at the Danube Television Festival. In 2012, I wrote and directed a new primetime comedy for TVNZ, Agent Anna, starring Roy Billing and Robyn Malcolm. The series has gone on to become the highest rated local comedy ever, consistently winning its 8:30 time slot, and won me a SWANZ award for Best Comedy Script. Prior to my television work, I wrote and directed the feature film Magik and Rose, which screened in the Antipodean section of the Cannes Film Festival Forum, won a Jury Prize at Oporto and saw me awarded SPADA New Filmmaker of the Year.

I moved permanently to Newcastle two years ago and am currently developing new work for the small and the big screen.

What inspired you to get involved in Renew Newcastle?
Who wouldn’t want to be involved with Renew Newcastle? Newcastle is great. I moved here from Paris and I love it here. It’s a complete delight to have an office in the mall, and has given me much needed creative space from home (and the six kids and the dog). I think any program to bring artists into the city is positively visionary.

What are you doing in your new space?
Writing. Writing. Writing. Some reading. Hiding from the kids.

Tell us about the space – what was its previous use? Anything unique about it? Your response to the space?
I’ve only just moved in. My space is still pretty spartan. I have no idea what it was originally built for for but someone told me it has been a buddhist centre in the past. I’m looking forward to making myself at home, getting some shelves, bringing my things, and going for coffee in Hunter Street.