Hello, I’m Michele Konrad. I’m an independent filmmaker living and working in Sydney.
I believe that story can change the world.
I still remember the day I discovered its power. I was four years old, running around the playground with my friends, when suddenly out of nowhere I found myself saying:
“Let’s say…I’m a unicorn!”
“Let’s say…we can fly!”
Let’s say…what ever you can possibly imagine!
It was magical: I could be anything! We could go anywhere!
From that moment I was hooked. Story - all kinds of story, from fiction to documentary and from visual to musical - would be the central focus of my life.
But despite that, I didn’t set out to be a creative as a career. In my early years I was more interested in adventure. And so I joined the Army, learned Russian, and eventually became a project manager in the oil industry. That gave me the opportunity to work in some of the most remote and fascinating parts of the world, places like Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Algeria, Kurdistan and Papua New Guinea.
All of these wandering years I was writing stories and tucking them away, figuring that someday I would be ready to do something with them. Finally that day came. In 2007, I took a career break to dedicate myself to writing. A year or so later I found myself in Hollywood, learning to write scripts. I had fallen in love with filmmaking: the perfect combination between a story and a project.
I studied screenwriting at New York Film Academy and producing at the University of California Los Angeles. Moving to Australia, I studied filmmaking at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.
These days I am focused on developing my craft as a writer, director and producer. I’ve created short drama films and music videos which have been shown in festivals around the world. I also produce professional content for organisations through my work with Nous Group.
Whatever the project my work is characterised by story, heartfelt performance, and a collaborative approach.
Thank you for visiting, and feel free to get in touch.
What people say about working with me….
Jannawi Family Centre, a non-profit organisation that supports families at risk of domestic violence, provides expert and compassionate assistance to help children and parents change their lives. I had the privilege of working with some amazingly talented actors, and a dedicated volunteer crew, to create this narrative video to help support their work. (2 minutes)
if i were you
‘If I Were You’ is a story about two people who love each other, caught in a repetitive argument over something neither of them can fix. Their connection, which means everything to them, has become a dead end.
The cinematic style created by Director of Photography Paul J Warren (‘The Cup’) draws on 1950’s photographs of Hong Kong by the Chinese photographer Fan Ho, as well as the classic films of Hollywood’s black-and-white period.
The original score was composed by Jonathan Zwartz, with a lineup of notable Australian players including Barney McAll, Tim Firth, and Afghani vocalist Ustad Sarshar. Edited by Daniel Lê. (12 minutes)
This music video highlights the multiple musical talents of Sydney jazz musician Carl Dewhurst to tell a tale of ghosts and sorrows. (5 minutes)
lost at sea
For Martha Marlow, the iconic voice behind the Qantas ‘Feels Like Home’ campaign, I worked with Director of Photography Paul J Warren to create a music video highlighting a song from her new album. (3 minutes)