Philippa Bateman, director of Enigma Machine Pty Ltd, is a writer/producer who works in documentary, feature film, TV drama and screen-based visual arts deploying film, photography and code. She has a 20 year+ background in the development, production and acquisition of specialty feature film in Australia, the UK and US.
As a production executive and producer, she has overseen multiple short films, documentaries and feature films with budgets ranging from $80,000 to $15 million. Her producer credits include: The Beehive (2018/19), a non linear documentary featuring Pamela Rabe and directed by Zanny Begg, commissioned by ACMI and Artbank; Project Capture, (2018) for the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation (also director); the large scale installation Starry_Night by visual artist Brad Miller for Vivid (2014)—listed as one of the top ten works in Business Insider. She is the executive producer of Jindabyne, directed by Ray Lawrence Starring Laura Linney and Gabriel Byrne. The film launched at Director’s Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival (2006) and sold to Sony Classics, releasing in the US in 2007. In Australia, Village Roadshow distributed the film. Jindabyne was nominated for 9 AFI Awards, including a Best Picture nomination. As CEO of April Films, Philippa was awarded SPA Independent Producer of the Year Award (2006). She is also the executive producer of Ian Darling and John Muir's Alone Across Australia. (2004).
Philippa began her feature film career in Los Angeles working with Oscar-winning screenwriter William Kelley (Witness directed by Peter Weir). She has held senior creative executive roles at privately financed production company April films (2000-2010); she has had first-look producer deals with US studios Universal (reporting to Chris McGurk and Allison Brecker) and then United Artists/MGM, (2002-2005 when Bingham Ray was President—under his aegis UA distributed Oscar winning films such as Bowling for Columbine, Hotel Rwanda, Capote). She also consulted for United Artists on acquisitions. Philippa moved between Sydney, London, New York and Los Angeles and attended major film festivals and markets.
For the past several years, she has worked predominantly in documentary and television drama. Philippa worked with Ian Darling and Malinda Wink, Good Pitch Australia (2040, Ghosthunter, Blue and Dying to Live), and continues to work with the Shark Island Institute. From 2015-2017, she wrote the Good Pitch Australia Blog about documentary, social impact and philanthropy for the Shark Island Institute. In 2018/19, she was a mentor with Kristin Feeley (Sundance Film Institute), Jenny Raskin (Impact Partners NYC) and award-winning writer Mark Monroe (Icarus, The Cove, Eight Days a Week) at the Inaugural Shark Island Institute Story Lab working with six teams of documentary filmmakers.
Philippa was CEO, co-owner and Head of Creative at the award-winning April Films—a privately financed independent production company based in Sydney, which started life via a deal with Universal Studios in the US (2000). There, she acquired international and Australian books (Toad Rage, Boy Wonder, The Traveling Hornplayer, March) for adaptation and developed a slate of original feature film projects, in addition to setting up writer deals with Australian writers and talent (among others, Helen Bandis and Adrian Martin, John Curran, Luke Davies, Tony McNamara, Kriv Stenders, Magda Zsubanski). Notable acquisitions include the screenplay 'Jindabyne' written by Bea Christian and based on the Raymond Carver story 'So Much Water So Close to Home', as well as Geraldine Brook’s novel March, which tells the fictional story of the absent father in the American classic Little Women—acquired prior to winning the Pulitzer Prize (2006). Philippa adapted the novel for the screen (un-produced).
April Films financed, produced and marketed Jindabyne directed by Ray Lawrence. In addition, Philippa, working with Roadshow Films, designed the materials, marketing and PR campaign for Australia where Jindabyne made $5.5 million at the Box Office (one of top 3 highest grossing Australian films with Happy Feet and Kenny) and sold over $1 million in its first week of release on DVD.
Prior to the set up of April Films, she was a senior executive for the Australian Film Commission (now Screen Australia) where she was the development and production exec on features such as The Boys starring Toni Collette and David Wenham, Thank God He Met Lizzie starring Cate Blanchett, Richard Roxburgh and Frances O'Connor and Two Hands starring Heath Ledger, Bryan Brown and Rose Byrne. She was the Chair of the New Screenwriters Scheme, Chair - Low Budget Feature Seminar, AFC Editorial Executive on the book Low Means Low and with her colleagues managed Million$Movies, a program which funded 5 low budget features in association with Channel 4 (UK), SBS Independent and Showtime.
Philippa also writes long form non–fiction about the creative lives of women, the environment, film and urban life in the 21st century. Her published work has appeared in The Global Mail (also photo essays), Harper's Bazaar, Elle, The Sydney Morning Herald. She has a degree in Literature and Philosophy from the University of Sydney and on graduation worked in the Department of Art History and Film as a researcher. She studied visual arts (painting and drawing) and has exhibited photographic works at the Australian Centre for Photography.
A selection of articles, photo essays and trailers can be found in Project Gallery.