Vanessa has been producing and directing documentaries and documentary television for the last 25 years. She cut her teeth on environmental documentaries for the internationally distributed science and technology TV program Beyond 2000, as well as filming in over 40 countries as overseas producer.
Vanessa has directed four documentaries, Under Sail, Next to Nothing, Nothing to Hide and her acclaimed video diary Losing Layla, about the birth and death of her baby daughter which was nominated for an AFI (Australian Film Institute) award and won the ATOM award for best direction. Losing Layla aired on ABC TV, Arte, HBO in the USA and several other countries.
Vanessa has also produced and directed on several series for the ABC and for the last fifteen years has been a producer for ABC TV’s acclaimed and award winning biographical series Australian Story. She brings a passion for both environmental issues and storytelling to her role as co-director of 2 Degrees.