DIRECTOR

NATALIE ERIKA JAMES

Natalie Erika James is a Japanese-Australian writer, director, and producer based in Melbourne, Australia.

Her debut feature, RELIC, is a horror/drama starring Emily Mortimer, Bella Heathcote and Robyn Nevin, produced by Carver Films (SNOWTOWN, PARTISAN) & Nine Stories (Riva Marker, Jake Gyllenhaal), and supported by the Russo Brothers’ AGBO, Screen Australia and Film Victoria.

RELIC will premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an AWGIE award for Best Feature Film at the 2019 Australian Writer’s Guild Awards.

Natalie is currently developing DRUM WAVE, a Japanese folk horror with development support from Screen Australia and Film Victoria. Drum Wave was one of 14 projects selected for the project market at the International Film Festival & Awards Macao, and won the Best Co-Production prize. Her 2018 proof-of-concept short for DRUM WAVE was nominated for Best Australian Short Film at the Sydney Film Festival and premiered internationally at Fantastic Fest.

Her 2016 short, CRESWICK, premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival, and won the 2017 AWGIE Award for Best Short Form screenplay by the Australian Writer’s Guild.

Natalie is signed to WME and directs commercials and music videos through Melbourne production company, Fiction (fiction.net.au). She won Australian Music Video of the Year at the 2015 Triple J Awards for directing the music video MINE by artist Life is Better Blonde.Natalie Erika James is a Japanese-Australian writer, director, and producer based in Melbourne, Australia.

Her debut feature, RELIC, is a horror/drama starring Emily Mortimer, Bella Heathcote and Robyn Nevin, produced by Carver Films (SNOWTOWN, PARTISAN) & Nine Stories (Riva Marker, Jake Gyllenhaal), and supported by the Russo Brothers’ AGBO, Screen Australia and Film Victoria.

RELIC will premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an AWGIE award for Best Feature Film at the 2019 Australian Writer’s Guild Awards.

Natalie is currently developing DRUM WAVE, a Japanese folk horror with development support from Screen Australia and Film Victoria. Drum Wave was one of 14 projects selected for the project market at the International Film Festival & Awards Macao, and won the Best Co-Production prize. Her 2018 proof-of-concept short for DRUM WAVE was nominated for Best Australian Short Film at the Sydney Film Festival and premiered internationally at Fantastic Fest.

Her 2016 short, CRESWICK, premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival, and won the 2017 AWGIE Award for Best Short Form screenplay by the Australian Writer’s Guild.

Natalie is signed to WME and directs commercials and music videos through Melbourne production company, Fiction (fiction.net.au). She won Australian Music Video of the Year at the 2015 Triple J Awards for directing the music video MINE by artist Life is Better Blonde.Natalie Erika James is a Japanese-Australian writer, director, and producer based in Melbourne, Australia.

Her debut feature, RELIC, is a horror/drama starring Emily Mortimer, Bella Heathcote and Robyn Nevin, produced by Carver Films (SNOWTOWN, PARTISAN) & Nine Stories (Riva Marker, Jake Gyllenhaal), and supported by the Russo Brothers’ AGBO, Screen Australia and Film Victoria.

RELIC will premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an AWGIE award for Best Feature Film at the 2019 Australian Writer’s Guild Awards.

Natalie is currently developing DRUM WAVE, a Japanese folk horror with development support from Screen Australia and Film Victoria. Drum Wave was one of 14 projects selected for the project market at the International Film Festival & Awards Macao, and won the Best Co-Production prize. Her 2018 proof-of-concept short for DRUM WAVE was nominated for Best Australian Short Film at the Sydney Film Festival and premiered internationally at Fantastic Fest.

Her 2016 short, CRESWICK, premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival, and won the 2017 AWGIE Award for Best Short Form screenplay by the Australian Writer’s Guild.

Natalie is signed to WME and directs commercials and music videos through Melbourne production company, Fiction (fiction.net.au). She won Australian Music Video of the Year at the 2015 Triple J Awards for directing the music video MINE by artist Life is Better Blonde.

Natalie James is an award-winning Japanese-Australian writer/director with a booming career spanning film, episodic TV, commercials and music videos.

Her acclaimed first feature, RELIC, starring Emily Mortimer, Bella Heathcote and Robyn Nevin, was produced by Carver Films & Nine Stories (Jake Gyllenhaal & Riva Marker), and supported by the Russo Brothers’ AGBO.  RELIC premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews and was picked up by IFC in the US, and was recently awarded the coveted "Certified Fresh" label by Rotten Tomatoes.

Natalie is currently developing her second feature, DRUM WAVE, a Japanese folk tale based on her 2018 short that premiered at Fantastic Fest and was nominated for Best Short Film at the Sydney Film Festival.


Her 2016 short, CRESWICK, premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival, and won the 2017 AWGIE Award for Best Short Film screenplay by the Australian Writer’s Guild.

Natalie won Music Video of the Year at the 2015 Triple J Awards for the music video MINE by artist Life is Better Blonde.   

When not under a COVID-19 lockdown, she splits her time between Melbourne, New York and Los Angeles.

The Bounty

RELIC Feature Film Trailer

The Nugget

TSUNO
The Struggle
Life is Better Blonde - MINE - 2015 Music Video of the Year
Scent of Byron - Beard Oil
SPASA - Lifetime of Memories
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