Catriona first trained as a performer and theatre maker at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Formally known as RSAMD), then graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Advanced Film Practice as a writer/director from Screen Academy Scotland. Her graduation film I’m In Away From Here premiered in competition at the 65th Venice International Film Festival in 2008, and was nominated for a Bafta New Talent Award the following year. Her last short, A Cuillin Rising, premiered at the 55th BFI London Film Festival in October 2011 and was nominated for the British CouncilAward forBest New Short at London Short Film Festival. It also won best Cinematography award at Underwire Festical
Catriona is am now working her first feature film, Gift From God, following mentorship with Mollie Stensgaard (Editor: Melancholia, Dogville, The Idiots, Dancer In the dark) through a Playwrights Studio Scotland/Binger Film Lab screenwriting program. Catriona has participated at Edinburgh talent lab, Berlinale talent campus and the Toronto International Film festival Talent Lab.
Catriona has been working as a facilitator in formal and informal education settings for the past 15 years delivering a variety of projects with different aims and objectives including drama workshops, leading discussions with young people about mental and sexual health and leading creative writing sessions with elderly people. She has led projects with people who have learning disabilities, with care leavers, young carers and young offenders.
Over the last 5 years her facilitation work has become more focused towards using film, in parallel with her own professional development in the industry.