Christopher originally trained as a photographer at the Queensland College of Art. He opened a fine-art B&W studio in the 90s creating works for exhibition and performance collaborating with artists across a diverse array of disciplines including dance, spoken word and film. An interest in moving image saw Christopher relocate to Sydney to attend the Australian, Film, Television and Radio School. He graduated in 2002 with the school’s highest accolades for Directors and his graduate films screened at leading festivals around the world including Palm Springs, Tribeca and Cannes.
In 2004 Christopher directed Alan Ball’s FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS at the Darlinghurst Theatre in Sydney. The play sold out within two weeks and was brought back by popular demand in 2005 to achieve a second sell-out season. In 2007 Christopher’s directed SWING, a 26-minute short financed by the South Australian Film Corporation and the Adelaide Film Festival (AFF). Premiering at AFF the film received the Audience Award for Best Short Film. SWING also won Best Film at the 2007 St Kilda Short Film Festival and was nominated for Best Short Film at the 2007 Australian Film Institute Awards.
In 2010 Christopher directed SONS & MOTHERS, an observational, feature-length documentary about an all-male ensemble with varied disabilities making original theatre. SONS & MOTHERS won Best Australian Documentary at Antenna Documentary Film Festival, Best Arts Documentary at the Australian Teacher's of Media (ATOM) Awards and was long-listed for a Walkley. The film was also nominated for four AACTA Awards for Best Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Sound and Best Editing, winning two of its four nominations.
In early 2013, following two years of talks with indigenous elders and a family of indigenous women spanning three generations, Christopher completed a new body of photographs for exhibition at Goolwa’s Signal Point Gallery, his first in ten years. The exhibition was entitled TIME and PLACE: an honouring of Ngarrindjeri women and their connection to country. The work sought to pay respect to Ngarrindjeri women in response to tragic events surrounding the building of Hindmarsh Island bridge in 2001.
In 2013 Christopher wrote and directed his first dramatic feature film TOUCH, starring Leeanna Walsmann, Matt Day and newcomer Onor Nottle. TOUCH premiered at the Sydney Film Festival in 2014, and has since screened in Cannes Cinephiles, St Tropez Cinema des Antipodes, and was selected as the opening night film at the 2015 Manchester International Film Festival. TOUCH was invited to screen in competition and was awarded Best Feature Film at the 2015 Asia Pacific Film Festival.
A qualified educator, Christopher is currently a PHD research candidate at the University of South Australia within the School of Art, Architecture and Design. His practiced-based research project, Let’s Talk Country: field notes on becoming a relational human is scheduled for completion in 2020. His published works include numerous articles, reviews, exhibitions, screenplays and conference papers within Australia and abroad. Recent exhibitions include 'Anatomy of Deep Creek Longitude -035.655200, Latitude unknown' with works from the series also exhibited at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) and the SASA Gallery in Adelaide. He continues to develop a range of projects across various platforms and currently resides in Adelaide, South Australia.
2016 BACHELOR OF VISUAL ART, HOOUS (FIRST CLASS) - Adelaide Central School of Arts
Awarded TRACEY WHITING AWARD for HIGH ACHIEVEMENT (94%)
2002 MASTERS of ARTS, FILM AND TELEVISION (DIRECTING) - Australian Film Television and Radio School
Awarded BEST DIRECTOR AWARD, Australian Directors Guild.
Awarded BEST SCREEN DIRECTION, Screensound Australia.
1991 ASSOCIATE DIPLOMA, PHOTOGRAPHY, Queensland College of Art