“A shrewd and promising debut.”

—The Guardian

Michelle Savill is an award-winning director, writer and producer of film, based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand.

Savill grew up in various parts of the Philippines, the child of missionary parents, moving to Aotearoa as an adult.

Most recently Savill directed episodes in the final season of the acclaimed Netflix show Sex Education.

Savill’s first feature film Millie Lies Low had its international premiere at Berlinale Berlin International Film Festival 2022 and American premiere at SXSW Film Festival 2022. Savill’s short Ellen is Leaving won Best Narrative Short Film at SXSW Film Festival and San Francisco Film Festival. Savill’s short films have screened at Aspen, Rotterdam, Sydney, Edinburgh, Clermont-Ferrand and Melbourne, where she attended the MIFF Accelerator Programme. She has attended the Berlinale Talent Lab and won a script development internship at Killer Films in New York through Script-to-Screen. Her online content has amassed over two million views and has been showcased on Short of the Week and Vimeo Staff Pick Premiere.

Savill’s clear vision and unique sensibility inflects both her films and commercials work. She has produced story-driven content for clients including ANZ Bank, Sky Olympics, Vodafone, Spark and Steinlager, often with humour.

Alongside her work in film and television, Savill is a director of commercials and is represented by Arts and Sciences in the UK and USA, and Good Oil Films in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. Her approach is ideal for clients who want to tell visceral, humane and intelligent stories through the moving image.

Michelle is represented by Casarotto and Ramsay.

Gabriel Blair

Emma Obank