Some people get success overnight, others toil their way towards it. For Chrys Phillips, the journey was almost a decade long. The Australian-American filmmaker is perhaps best known for writing the Amazon Prime series “Counter Play”. But she has written and directed over 1000 hours of footage over her career.
Now, the filmmaker has returned to Australia to create something of her own. She is making her feature film directorial debut with “Madison and the Happiness Jar”. With her daughter and partner Mikaela Phillips, Chrys is working towards becoming one of the most prominent creators to come out of Australia.
Before the release of her film, Chrys Phillips sat down with Art Insider and talked about her latest project and being a woman in the industry.
Q. I noticed the story you crafted mixes Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants with To all the Boys I’ve loved, How did the inspiration for that come about?
Q. Madison and the Happiness Jar is your feature film directorial debut. Have you always wanted to transition from TV to Film?
Q. What do you hope people take away from it?
Q. Shooting during Covid in Australia, how was that?
Q. Do you plan on directing perhaps another feature?
Q. What tips do you have for aspiring female writers / directors?
Q. How have movies impacted your life?