Working in a creative sector attracts creative people.   At Experience Wellington we are so proud of our incredibly talented team, and we relish the opportunity to share their successes. We celebrate the work of our team as artists, directors, musicians, performers, writers and producers, and the creative lens they then bring to their work.  We’d like to profile some of our team, starting with Philip Cristian Claassen, Venue and Events Coordinator, Museums Wellington.

Outside of Museums Wellington, Philip Christian Claassen is an award-winning screenplay writer and published author.

Philip wrote the screenplay for the incredibly successful short film Tommy. The Melbourne film has been entered into 17 international film circuits thus far, including the prestigious Hollywood Film Festival in Los Angeles. Tommy has won 12 awards including Best Film and Best Screenplay at Romania’s Long Story Shorts International Film Festival, Best Screenplay at the Core International Film Festival in Boston and the latest award for Best Cinematography at the ARFF International Film Festival in Paris . Philip’s film has also been nominated for Best Australian Film along with Best Australian Actor (Stephen Degenaro) and Best Australian Actress (Simone Ball).

His short film Degree of Separation is being used as a training video for Social Workers of Domestic Violence in Australia and has gained distribution rights in Hollywood.

Philip made another literary achievement amidst the worldwide travel restrictions with his recently published book Your Comprehensive Guide to New Zealand. With an impressive 600 page count, this book has been in the works since 2010.

Philip has several projects currently in development including two short films, (Millie vs and Today), one feature film (Isla’s Song) and a second travel guide (New Zealand for Free).

Congratulations Philip.