Big-Apple bite for aspiring director

Filmmaker Julia Ngeow is heading to New York City.
Filmmaker Julia Ngeow is heading to New York City.

The director, script-writer, artist and photographer will fly to the Big Apple on January 27 ” allowing just 48 hours to settle in before her first day at production company Bunker New York.

Despite her early silver screen aspirations, Ngeow studied biophysical science at the University of WA and spent her early 20s working at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.

‘I was always interested in science, the mysteries of the universe and everything,’ she said.

‘Then I realised that it was only one career path, and if I were to go back to filmmaking then I could live multiple lives.

‘I could write a story about a scientist, film it and for a few years live that life. Then next, I could be a baker. Doing filmmaking means I am not limited to picking just one cool thing.’

After studying film in 2007 and attending the Judith Weston Acting for Directors Workshop in Los Angeles in 2011, Ngeow said she decided to ‘knuckle down’ and get serious.

‘At the end of 2012 it hit me that I had one year left before I turned 30, so I knew now was the time to make filmmaking my career,’ she said.

‘Last year I spent three months with (director) Claire Carre and then Bunker offered me a job, much to my delight.’

In-between finalising her visa and packing suitcases, Ngeow said she was busy structuring her first feature film script.