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.



In 2020/21, Philippa will produce and direct WASH MY SOUL IN THE RIVER’S FLOW about singer-songwriters Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter, executive produced by Archie Roach and Ian Darling. She’s a recipient of the 2019 Documentary Australia Foundation/Create NSW She-Doc Fellowship and was ‘embedded’ at Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions in New York. While in the US, she further developed AMERICAN HUNTER (dir. Alex Kershaw) which she is producing and wrote CRASH a documentary feature (in development with Alexis Bloom directing). 

As executive producer/producer, key credits include: the ACMI/Artbank commissioned non-linear documentary The Beehive about murdered urban activist and heiress Juanita Nielsen (dir. Zanny Begg), the Vivid-commissioned Starry Night by artist Brad Miller, critically acclaimed feature film Jindabyne starring Laura Linney and Gabriel Byrne (dir. Ray Lawrence), and award- winning documentary feature Alone Across Australia (dir. Ian Darling).

Prior to this, Philippa worked at a senior level at production companies and federal funding bodies in the UK and Australia, respectively. As a producer, Philippa has had deals with US studios United Artists/MGM for whom she also consulted on acquisitions, and Universal Studios when she was the CEO/co-owner of award-winning production company April Films.  April Films won the  SPA Independent Producer’s Award (2006).

Philippa’s film career began in script development — her first job was with Oscar-winning screenwriter William Kelley (who wrote Peter Weir’s Witness) working on an adaptation of the Aldous Huxley Novel: The Genius and the Goddess.  On returning to Australia, after living and working in London and Europe for three years, she was a senior development and production at the Australian Film Commission where she supported and oversaw the production and development of first features such as The Boys (starring David Wenham and Toni Collette), Two Hands (starring Heath Ledger and Rose Byrne) and Thank God He Met Lizzie (Cate Blanchett, Frances O’Connor and Richard Roxburgh).


Philippa has a degree in Philosophy and English Literature from the University of Sydney. While studying, she published features in Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, and worked as a journalistic researcher for the Australian and South Pacific Bureau at Tokyo broadsheet The Yomiuri Shimbun, based at News Limited.  2015-2017, she wrote the Good Pitch Australia Blog about documentary, social impact and philanthropy.

She writes about the environment, the lives of women and independent film. Some recent long form pieces are published on this site. Philippa’s photography has been included in exhibitions at the Australian Centre for Photography and published in The Global Mail.  She is currently working on a book of photographs: Ghosts of My Town.