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

Her debut feature, RELIC, is produced by Carver Films (SNOWTOWN, PARTISAN) & Nine Stories (Riva Marker, Jake Gyllenhaal), and supported by the Russo Brothers’ AGBO, Screen Australia and Film Victoria. 

Natalie is currently developing DRUM WAVE, funded by the Screen Australia Hot Shots Plus program. 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 has gone on to screen at 60+ festivals including the New York Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, Fantasia, and the Atlanta Film Festival. CRESWICK was awarded 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. She has previously won Australian Music Video of the Year at the 2015 Triple J Awardsfor directing the music video MINE by artist Life is Better Blonde.


Natalie Erika James 2019