On The Cusp, Longlist - Commercial

Girls will be Girls

Courtney Brookes


Courtney Brookes (AKA Bourtney Crookes) is a fresh new voice in the commercial film industry. Hailing from the world of fashion and music, Courtney translates her love for high fashion styling, striking sets, and cohesive colour palettes into everything she makes. Courtney returned to Australia in 2020 after a long stint in New York and was quickly snapped up by Eight. Her work is people-centric. It explores the weird, nuanced and downright gorgeous. After studying Visual Communication at UTS, Courtney applied her graphically trained eye to the moving image by creating nostalgic and often dreamy visuals with modern and satirical undertones. She doesn’t confine herself to the director’s chair and loves to get involved with her female-powered crews to ensure the process is just as beautiful as the outcome. ‍In the post department, Courtney knows her way around an edit. Spending years as a dedicated beauty editor and creative director, she has crafted campaigns for Maybelline, Kerastase, and Kaja and can reformat any video for the different social channels in a blink. Courtney has built a portfolio of work beyond her years in a short space of time, curating an international network of clients including L’Oreal Paris, Warner Music, Ultra, EMI and Sony. Her brand film for online dating app Bumble has earned her nominations for Best direction and Best Production Design at both AWARD Award and CAANZ Axis.