Elissa’s assured debut feature, The Black Balloon, starring Rhys Wakefield, Gemma Ward, Luke Ford, Erik Thomson and Toni Collette, won the Crystal Bear for Best Feature Film ‘Generation 14plus’ at the Berlin Film Festival. The film received over thirty awards including 6 AACTA awards including Best Film, Best Direction and Best Screenplay as well as accolades from the Australia Directors’ and Writers’ Guilds, Asia Pacific Screen Awards and Rotten Tomatoes.
The Honor List, Elissa’s second feature film made for Lionsgate in 2018, had its premiere as the opening night film at the Bentonville Film Festival in 2018. The crew on the film was 60% female. In 2020, Elissa completed her third film Feel the Beat. This family dance film was a worldwide hit being the third most-streamed movie worldwide on Netflix for the month of June as well as being the 18th most-watched movie of the year on the platform.
Elissa has teamed with Netflix once again and is currently in post-production for the Ivy & Bean movie series based on the New York Times best-selling books by Annie Barrows. Introducing Keslee Blalock as Ivy and Madison Skye Validum as Bean, the film series star Emmy award-winning and Academy Award-nominated talents such as Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Nia Vardalos. The franchise is scheduled to be released in the second half of 2022.
Other work from Elissa includes writing and directing the 7-part drama, Confess, for Awestruck and go90 based on the New York Times bestseller by Colleen Hoover and directing a block on one of Australia’s most successful dramas, Offspring.