Gretel Vella

Gretel Vella

Gretel is a writer, director and tea enthusiast from Sydney. She decided she would pursue something in the arts during her high school days at Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College, where her endless comedy sketch writing with friends culminated in a performance as Marcus Mykonos in the school’s Houseplays performance — convincingly playing a European man is, to date, something she still regards as one of her greatest life achievements.

Gretel went on to study a Bachelor of Communications (Media Arts and Production) at the University of Technology, Sydney. There, she continued her foray into comedy screenwriting and developed a passion for film and television. She dabbled in sound design, animation and, in 2015, wrote and directed her first short film, Pound Town, which played to much laughter and uncomfortableness – two things she strives for most from her work. During her time at university, Gretel worked on a number of short films in various production-related roles and undertook assistant positions with Channel Ten and Spectrum Films at Fox Studios, Australia. During her time at Fox Studios Gretel was able to secure both Marketing Assistant and Post Production Coordinator duties on Australian independent feature Damaged. With this experience and the crazy writing, shooting and devising she has done at NIDA this year, in 2017 Gretel hopes to continue writing funny film and television for Australian audiences and launch her own production company.

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