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.


Philippa Bateman was born in England and raised in Australia under vast blue skies, roaming with unruly creatures (humans and other animals) in wild terrain.

A writer-producer, she began her feature film career in Los Angeles, working with Oscar-winning Screenwriter William Kelley (Witness, directed by Peter Weir) on Aldous Huxley’s The Genius and the Goddess.

For two decades, Philippa has worked as a  producer, writer/story editor, senior creative executive and acquisitions consultant in independent film in Australia, US and UK.  Her select producer credits: The Beehive, Starry Night, Jindabyne and Alone Across Australia. And as development/ production executive on feature films: The Boys (David Wenham, Toni Collette), Two Hands (Heath Ledger, Rose Byrne, Bryan Brown), Thank God He Met Lizzie (Cate Blanchett, Frances O’Connor, Richard Roxburgh). 

In 2010, Philippa founded independent production company Enigma Machine. For the past several years, Philippa has worked in documentary as a producer, writer and director while developing feature film, TV drama and book projects for Enigma. 

Philippa has also consulted for Good Pitch Australia, The Shark Island Institute, CJZ and the Multispecies Justice Project led by Professor Danielle Celermajer and Professor David Schlosberg at the University of Sydney. 

In the latter part of 2019, as a recipient of a She-Doc Filmmaking Fellowship, Philippa was ‘embedded’ at Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions (Citizen K, The Inventor and Wikileaks: They Tell Secrets, Don’t They?) in New York.

She is currently developing and producing two US based feature documentaries, in addition to Australian projects.  

Prior to Enigma, Philippa was co-owner and CEO of the award-winning Sydney-based independent production company April Films, which financed and produced Jindabyne, a feature film based on a Raymond Carver story and directed by Ray Lawrence. Starring Gabriel Byrne and Laura Linney, the film was selected for Directors Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival (2006) and sold to Sony Classics in the US (2007). In Australia and New Zealand, it was released by Roadshow FIlms. Jindabyne was nominated for 9 AFI Awards, incuding Best Film. April Films won SPA Independent Producer of the Year Award. At April, Philippa also acquired March by Geraldine Brooks—a novel about slavery and the absent father in the American classic Little Women— prior to it winning the Pulitzer Prize; she wrote the screenplay (un-produced). 

Philippa’s first-look producer deals included US studios Universal and United Artists/MGM working with President Bingham Ray. Under his aegis UA distributed Oscar winning films such as Bowling for Columbine, Hotel Rwanda, and Capote.  She also consulted on acquisitions for United Artists.

Philippa writes screenplays and long-form non–fiction about the environment, the lives of women and independent film. She began writing for newspapers when she was still at school and while completing her degree, she worked at the Tokyo broadsheet The Yomiuri Shimbun, based at News Limited. Her published work has appeared in The Global Mail (also photo essays),  Harper's Bazaar, Elle, and 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 an academic researcher. She has travelled widely, studied visual arts (painting and drawing) and has exhibited photographic works at the Australian Centre for Photography.