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 short film showcase Clermont-Ferrand. Next came mother/ daughter tale Elaine Rides Again. In 2013 her third film Ellen is Leaving was judged best narrative short at South by Southwest in Texas, and won her a third invite to Clermont-Ferrand. Savill has also directed commercials, and in 2011 won a scholarship to work at indie film company Killer Films in New York.
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