"Natalie van den Dungen is a film festival pro by now. She’s had films screened at over 100 festivals worldwide. On top of her award-winning shorts, she’s also crafted short docs, music videos and TV spots. What’s most amazing? When you see all her work side by side, both commercial and personal, it all feels of one piece." miniflix 2019
With a background in directing documentary, music videos and short films, Natalie creates natural performances that can be hilarious or moving, and sometimes both.
Natalie’s heart-warming short film Bunny New Girl screened at more than 100 festivals around the world, winning 15 awards including Best Comedy at St Kilda Film Festival in 2015. The film now has over 11 million views on YouTube. Her second short film Sherbert Rozencrantz, You’re Beautiful began its festival season with official selections at festivals including the San Francisco International Film Festival and the highly competitive Palm Springs ShortFest. The film has won 5 awards including Best Australian Film at Heart of Gold Film Festival 2018.
Natalie has directed dozens of short documentaries and made over 35 music videos for artists such as Bernard Fanning, Sarah Blasko and Justine Clarke. Natalie also directed the feature documentary following the plight of the Melbourne music venue The Tote Hotel – Persecution Blues: The Battle for the Tote – which premiered at MIFF 2011. The film was distributed by Madman and funded by ABC and Screen Australia.
Since turning her hand to commercials in 2017 Rabbit Content, she has directed TVCs for major brands and has worked on back to back productions with The Monkeys and McCann.
Natalie’s strengths as a director are casting and performance. She places a huge emphasis on the casting process and manages to get the absolute best performance out of the actors she works with whether they are highly experienced or everyday people. Natalie has worked with some of Australia's finest actors including Yael Stone, Damon Herriman, Barry Otto, Mandy McElhinney, Alice Englert, Aden Young, Peter Fenton, Justine Clarke and Rhys Muldoon.
This year Natalie has made a series of 3 music videos for Seeker Lover Keeper starring Magda Szubanski, Yael Stone and Madeline Madden. She has also completed a short form series for kids comedians - The Listies funded by Screen Australia. Natalie is currently in post production on a live comedy special for puppet comedian Randy.