At 11 years old, Ellie found her tomboy existence in a wild kingdom exchanged for the Buttercup dorm at Heathfield School across the Irish Sea. The teachers were semi-permissive and constitutionally unaware of the hijinks Ellie and her schoolmates were dreaming up. Ellie told her new friends she had learnt English on the plane on the way over and behaviorally, she was (in her own words) “fairly barking” in those formative days.
But when she packed it in and got her self on a plane, it was to an Israeli kibbutz near what struck her on a map as a lush river winding through the promised land. The ‘river’ was actually the Lebanese-Israeli border along that mountainous region she had neglected to take proper note of, the Golan Heights. Sobered, but not deterred, Ellie stayed on in this front line war zone, for a year and a bit, taking a position in the bandage factory.
The segues are not important, but suffice it to say that in short order Ellie found herself on the Indian subcontinent for another year, on a prawn trawler off the northern coast of Australia for another year, and analyzing core samples in the gold fields of Western Australia for another year. Somewhere in the outback there was a moment of inspiration and Ellie’s career as a videographer took shape. Back in Ireland, Ellie made a name for herself filming horse shows, steeplechase races, and equestrienne events for another couple of years.
So Ellie found herself at sea once again, this time with a certifiably demonic and amoral captain who killed inconvenient whales and took shots at rogue Vietnamese vessels, the imagined / or not competition for lucrative fishing areas. The gig proved truly harrying as Ellie found herself on the front page of the Honolulu Times involved in a major FBI investigation that culminated with the apprehension of the captain and a trip to the slammer.
An enthusiastic landlubber once again, Ellie laid over in LA on her way back to the emerald isle. Before she knew it, Ellie was hired at a commercial production company and made Los Angeles her home for an unexpected eight years. She line-produced a string of national spots for an impressive stable of award-winning directors. Another good run.