KELLY WALKER is an Australian multi-hyphenate award-winning filmmaker. At a young age, her dream was to be a stripper. She had seen the movies Gypsy and Flashdance, and the female protagonists spoke to her on a deep level. Her mum explained that Natalie and Jennifer were actors, and Walker decided that was a solid plan B. She formed her first production company at thirteen years old with her best friend, and they had three features under their belt by the time they were sixteen. These films were absolutely terrible in the best possible way. Moving to America was the obvious next step because many stripper roles were cast in Los Angeles. Walker paid her rent with freelance video editing jobs and eventually shed the dream of wanting to be an actor and went full-time behind the lens. Fun fact: Walker got close to booking two roles as a stripper! She considers those auditions her greatest achievement as an actor.
She returned to her roots of being a multi-hyphenate filmmaker and has had multiple short films find success in Oscar Qualifying film festivals, and in 2018 won the Jury Award for Best Short at Bentonville Film Festival. Next up, Walker was selected for Australian's In Film Writers Lab, which led to her first feature as a writer and director, My Fiona. My Fiona had its World Premier at London's prestigious BFI Flare and has gone to have an award-winning festival run. It secured distribution and was released on VOD in 2021. Walker was selected to talk on BFI Flare’s Lesbians In Cinema Panel, a juror in Queer Screen's Pitch Off and Charlotte Film Festival, and has been a speaker on numerous talkbacks advocating for female filmmakers and diversity behind the lens.
Walker’s current dream is to read books all day and to have no one bother her and preferably someone bring her meals so she doesn’t have to get up. Until then, you can find her busy adapting books for the screen, and she also has a couple of biopics in various stages of development. She’s a tarot reader, has like thirty indoor plants, and has only killed five, and her biggest fear is getting to the airport early, all the shops are closed, and she can't get any snacks for the flight!!! (I'm looking at you SLC Airport.) Ironically, no fear of flying, though. Go figure.
Walker is a member of Women In Film, Australian's In Film, Film Fatales, and Untitled Ladies Script Club.
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