i write and make films when i'm not acting.
inspired by my mixed background, i use offbeat comedic tones to tell stories about women, underrepresented groups and the oppressed.
as a writer i was part of VAULTS New Writers Programme 2020 (mentored by Guleraana Mir),
longlisted for Sphinx30,
a £30k finalist with The Pitch Film Fund,
and shortlisted for the BFI x BMW x Michaela Coel Filmmaking Challenge 2023.
here are some shorts i made:
*Academy Award Qualifying
Short, Drama, Satire, 8min 20sec
(Writer, Director, Cast)
A mixed race woman applies for a job as a costume wearer, only to find nothing fits.
Partnered with @mixedracefaces for an exclusive interview and trailer release.
Supported by @milkteafilms as part of Mixtape Vol: II
Currently in festivals, follow the film on instagram for updates @dressup_film
**Audience Award: Best Short Film (Arthouse)
- Sherman Oaks Film Festival.
**Filmmaker Award: Outstanding Performance
(Sara Chia-Jewell) - Sherman Oaks Film Festival
**Urbanworld Film Festival 2022; Evolution Mallorca Film Festival 2022; Sherman Oaks Film Festival 2022; London Arthouse Film Festival 2022; Cheltenham Film Festival 2022; GRRL HAUS Cinema 2022; Tallahassee Film Festival 2022; Semi-Finalist Flickers' Rhode Island Film Festival 2022.
CYCLING WITH MOLLY (2020)
Short, Animation, 1min 30sec
(Writer, Director, Voice)
There's no stopping where a bike can take you.
Molly learns to ride a bike at 24 years old, leading to unexpected adventures. An animation based off a single-take, improvised, voice-over. Don't forget to wear a helmet.
**Premiered at Encounters Film Festival 2021 - awarded Depict Special Mention and Aardman Academy Prize.
**Nominated for Best UK Animation Performance at the One Voice Awards 2022.
**Encounters Film Festival 2021; Bicycle Film Festival UK 2021; Festival Regard 2022; Cine Bike Brazil 2022; Bicycle Film Festival Netherlands 2022, Bicycle Film Festival London 2023.
Short, Drama, 6min 34sec
(Story, Producer, Cast)
A young woman loses all sense of feeling in her materialistic world, and makes a desperate attempt to connect.
**Screened at Cannes Court Métrage 2013, Portobello Film Festival 2014 and Shorts On Tap 2014.
this is a short I did not make.