Born and raised in South Africa, Katey Lee Carson directed her first short film Ginger Curry in 2011. Since then, she has pursued her aim of directing feature films by writing and developing numerous screenplays, directing award winning short films and working as an assistant director on international feature films. In 2012, at the age of 20, she was the youngest participant to have her short film, The Washing Up, screened at Sundance’s Ghetto film school showcase. Katey then won best short film at the Cape Town Film Festival with Harold in 2013 and was selected for the Durban International Film Festival Talents program in collaboration with Berlinale Talents. Her first feature film Sunnydale, starring Ellen Burstyn, is currently in development with BAFTA nominated producer Pat Tookey-Dickson. Since 2017 she has been honing her knowledge of filmmaking by working as an assistant director, with directors such as Luca Guadanigno on Queer, starring Daniel Craig, and Baran Bo Odar, on Netflix’s flagship project 1899. Aside from fiction, her documentary films Painting Cape Town (official selection at Durban International Film Festival) and The Waste Trade (Berlinale EFM, 2020) led to the development of her feature documentary In Search of History with Timeprints productions. Katey’s latest short film, The Secret Assistants, stars Camille Rutherford and Richard Hope and is currently in post-production.