Catriona McKenzie is an Australian filmmaker. She is known for her film Satellite Boy and television series Kiki and Kitty (written by Nakkiah Lui) and Wrong Kind of Black.
McKenzie is an Aboriginal Australian woman of the Gunai/Kurnai people of south-eastern Australia. She is a graduate of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), with one of her graduate films being the short film The Third Note (1999). She graduated with Honours in 2001, and afterwards studied screenwriting at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts.
Satellite Boy (2012) was McKenzie's first feature film. It was nominated for the AACTA Award for Best Film, and in 2014 was selected by the Australian Directors Guild for entry to the Directors Guild of America's Directors Finder Series. She has also worked on numerous other TV series, including Tidelands, Harrow, The Warriors, Dance Academy, The Circuit, Redfern Now and The Gods of Wheat Street. She is the first Indigenous Australian woman to direct a TV series in the US (the supernatural drama Shadowhunters).
In 2018 McKenzie founded her own production company, Dark Horse, which she hopes will be a vehicle to provide opportunities for new, diverse voices. She believes that there are hundreds of stories to be told "about the impact of white colonial Australia on Aboriginal culture and Aboriginal people”. The first film is planned to be Stolen, co-written with Patricia Cornelius.
The comedy series Kiki and Kitty, written by Nakkiah Lui and directed by McKenzie, won two awards at Series Mania in France in 2018.
McKenzie is a member of the Directors Guild of America. She was appointed as a Film and Television Industry Advisory Committee Member under Screen NSW's Sydney City of Film initiative, initially until 31 December 2019, and then reappointed to 31 December 2022.