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 2019