Julia Parnell is an award-winning producer and documentary director. During 20 years working in the entertainment industry, Julia has developed a singular ability to direct striking documentary with emotional depth, receiving local and international acclaim for her films and television series, such as; The Chills: The Triumph and Tragedy of Martin Phillipps, Drug Court, Arranged, Both Worlds, Wilbur: The King in the Ring, Restoring Hope and Anthems: New Zealand’s Iconic Hits.
For over a decade Julia has also taken the role of lead producer on an incredibly wide range of factual television, documentary and short film, distributed across digital, television and theatrical. This work is further enhanced by Loading Docs, an initiative that she co-founded and continues to run, which has supported over 100 filmmakers to create short documentary films amassing over 13 million views worldwide.
Recipient of the WIFT Woman to Watch award in 2010, The NZIFF Best Short 2013, Show Me Shorts Best Short 2014 and Best Web series 2016 & 17, Julia’s work has also been chosen for festivals in New Zealand and Australia; DocEdge, NZIFF, SFF and MIFF, as well as around the world at SXSW, Tampere, Palm Springs, Bermuda, Rhode Island and Puchon. Committed to producing quality content that matters, Julia has had the courage to choose projects that champion the underdog, challenge the status quo and seek to reflect deeply on the world in which we live.
“It’s a great privilege for me to tell stores that contribute to our understanding of who we are,
where we’ve been and what we might become”
– Julia Parnell