Hanelle Harris Writer/Director Profile


Writer & Director

In 2013 Hanelle completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Directing, Writing and Screen Production and has since gained rapid recognition as a fresh and provocative voice. Hanelle is an award-winning writer, producer and director who is passionate about Māori and Polynesian stories, particularly those with strong female perspectives, socially challenging ideologies and distinctive next-generation voices. Her most well-known work includes smash comedy series SIS, award-winning short film, The Promise of Piha and trail blazing web series Baby Mama's Club.

Hanelle is currently in funded development for a number of projects including Baby Mama's Club (feature film), Basic Training (limited drama series) and a dramatized family sitcom based on viral reality series The Casketeers.


Rotorua, New Zealand

Career Biography


2008Mai Maori Unitec Scholarship
2008Regent Training Scholarship
2008UNITEC Study Award Scholarship
2007Glenda Pierce Trophy Drama Trophy
2007Prestige Cup
2007Runner Up Korimako - Senior English - Speech Competitions
2007Runner Up Mid Regional Speech Competitions

Feature Film.

2013Orphans & KingdomsTibs (Lead)O&K Film Limited
Dir. Paolo Rotondo

Short Film.

2012Playing with FireAroha (Lead)YOBEE PRODUCTIONS
Dir. Brioni Gray
2011At the BarFredaUNITEC
Dir. Vicki Yiannoutsos
2011Three SistersIrena (Lead)UNITEC
Dir. Ruby Railey
2009Almost, not quiteMariaUNITEC
Dir. Elena Ngatai
2009Anti Depression Aroha Auckland University & Vodafone 3G
Dir. Various


2016This is PikiRiri Muir (Major Guest)Brown Sugar Apple Grunt
Dir. Kiel McNaughton
2015HillaryMoana (Support)Great Southern Television Ltd
Dir. Danny Mulheron


2014FIXNicoleJunket Theatre Co.
Dir. Sam Snedden
2013I Don’t Do CoconutNikkita Kumar (Lead)GREYVIEW PRODUCTIONS
Dir. Eric Smith
Dir. Jay Williams
2012Paniora - WorkshopBonita (Workshop Group)Auckland Theatre Company
Dir. Colin Mccoll
20114 The Love Of LosiHelenUNITEC
Dir. Shimpal Lelisi
2011Three SistersNataliaUNITEC
Dir. Elena Stejko
2009Chicken or FishMarieUNITEC
Dir. Ben Crowder
2009Sleeping AroundKateUNITEC
Dir. Heath Jones
Dir. Elizabeth Hawthorne

Web Series.

2018Baby Mama's Club ShanCulture Factory
Dir. Hanelle Harris


Raymond Hawthorne 10 week Course - 2015
Raymond Hawthorne Masterclass - 2015
Casting Hothouse NZ - 2014
Jeremiah Comey Acting Masterclass - 2013
Terri De’Ath Audition Technique Workshop - 2012
American Accent Training - 2009, Jacque Drew
Commedia Dell Arte Workshop - 2009, Lisa Brickell
Shortland Street Workshop - 2009, Geoff Lawthorne
American Television Workshop - 2008, TVI Actors Studio
Bachelor of Performing Arts - 2008, UNITEC
Neutral Mask Workshop - 2008, Lisa Brickell
Singing Training-Louise Britzman - 2008, UNITEC
Studio Workshops for Film-John Callen - 2008, UNITEC
Vocal Training-Kirstie O'Sullivan - 2008, UNITEC