Kelli Cross is a Nyoongar/Malgana/Wadjela woman from the Fremantle area of Perth. She discovered a passion for the Arts during her school years, compelling her to leave early and pursue a career as an actress, first in Perth, then later in Brisbane at ACPA. Those plans were put on hold to raise a young family back home in Perth. But over the years since, she has never given up this desire for storytelling, only now she is stepping behind the camera and focusing on creating her own stories, while juggling the demands of motherhood.
Since beginning with writing and directing her own short films, Kelli has completed an attachment to Rachel Perkins on her feature Jasper Jones as a part of the Directors Attachment Scheme in 2015. Before that she won her first award for “Best Indigenous Film” for One Fine Day at the 2014 Shorts Film Festival in Adelaide and was recently nominated for other awards, such as the Australian Directors Guild Awards and the Melbourne Webfest in 2018, for directing the web-series Aussie Rangers, which currently screening on ABC iView.
Her current projects include writing and directing on Nyoongar Footy Magic which is multi-platform doco series and directing a ScreenWest Elevate 70 project titled Spirit of Happiness, all whilst continuing to develop and write her own projects.Back to Speakers