Cathy Henkel

Dr Cathy Henkel


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Cathy Henkel has worked as a documentary producer/director and writer for the past 32 years, and is founding director of Virgo Productions, an award-winning, boutique screen industries company.

Her work is focused on inspiring, positive, global stories with cross-platform delivery, engaging audiences world-wide through cinema, television, online, mobile and education platforms.

Cathy’s previous credits include The Burning Season (ABC, BBC, CBC, PBS, National Geographic, IF Award for Best Documentary 2008, nominated for an Emmy), I told you I was ill: Spike Milligan (ABC, BBC1, RTE) and The Man who Stole my Mother’s Face (Broadcast in 26 countries, IF Award and Tribeca Film Festival Award for Best Feature Documentary 2004). 

Cathy has won numerous other awards including SPA Documentary Producer of the Year (2009), an ACS Award, an Emmy and numerous AFI nominations. She recently produced and directed Rise of the Eco-Warriors, an action adventure feature documentary set in Borneo and Show me the Magic, about acclaimed cinematographer Don McAlpine. Rise of the Eco-Warriors was re-versioned as a 13 part TV series. 

Cathy’s latest film, Laura’s Choice, co-directed with her daughter Sam Lara, premiered at Revelation Film Festival in December 2020 and won the inaugural Innovation in Feature Documentary Award at the Festival.  

Cathy is the Director of the WA Screen Academy at Edith Cowan University. The Screen Academy is West Australia’s leading training centre for screen industry practitioners and works in close collaboration with the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). In 2016, the Screen Academy became a member of the prestigious CILECT network of international film schools. The Academy enjoys strong industry partnerships including Nine Network, Arri Australia and Panther. 

Cathy has a PhD from Queensland University of Technology, (QUT) and was promoted to Associate Professor at ECU in 2019.   She was the WA Chapter Head for the Australian Director’s Guild from 2016 – 2020 and is a board member for the Australian International Documentary Conference.