Michelle Savill became a director more by osmosis than design. After drifting into film studies at Wintec in Hamilton, she began making a film "I could be really proud of". The result, Betty Banned Sweets, was invited to 20 festivals, including prestigious French short film showcase Clermont-Ferrand. In 2013 her third short film Ellen is Leaving was judged best narrative short at South by Southwest. In 2021 she made her feature debut with pretending to travel tale Millie Lies Low, which competed at the Berlin Film Festival. Savill has also directed commercials, and in 2011 won a scholarship to work at New York indie company Killer Films.
I'm interested in little personal stories, odd moments, seemingly inconsequential slices of life but that somehow contain universal themes. That sounds a bit corny but it's true. I'm interested in slackers, aimless wanderers, missed opportunities and disconnected characters who live in limbo. Michelle Savill, quoted on website Always Sometime Anytime