Biography

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I was born in Rome, and am based in London.

My new short film, Hear my Voice (2021), a story I wrote myself, set in East London, mixes autobiography and fiction, with a dreamlike/ fantastic element. Official selection: Out On Film, Atlanta's LGBTQ Film Festival; Soundscreen Film Festival; Imageout Rochester LGBT Film Festival, Cambria Film Festival; Another Hole in the Head Film Festival.

My music video Homeless in L.A.: a meditation (2021), on music by Brian and Roger Eno, has been officially selected for inclusion in “A quiet scene: L.A.”.

I directed two award-winning short films:

Unexpected (2019). Best Experimental Short Award, Creation International Film Festival, and Cinema World Fest Awards. Official selection: Tag! Queer Shorts Festival, Rome Prisma Independent Film Awards, Jersey Shore Film Festival, Austin Micro Short Film Festival, Queerbee LGBT Film Festival, Fargo-Moorhead LGBT Film Festival, Connecticut LGBTQ Film Festival, Walthamstow International Film Festival, QFest St. Louis, Thessaloniki Free Short Festival, Cardiff Mini Film Festival.

I, Rose (2018). Best Film Award, Screentest Festival. Official selection: Heart of Gold Film Festival, Euroshorts Film Festival, Fastnet Film Festival, Dam Short Film Festival, Hell’s Half Mile Film Festival, Kinofilm Manchester International Short Film Festival, JellyFest Film Festival, Kalakari Film Fest, Every Leaf Short Film Festival, Weyauwega International Film Festival.

I have directed opera and theatre in the UK, and in Europe.

Directing work includes Il Segreto di Susanna at Teatro Verdi, Trieste, Italy; Cautionary Tales by Errollyn Wallen at Latitude Festival, UK; Aci, Galatea e Polifemo for the Göttingen International Handel Festival, Germany, and the London Handel Festival; the UK première of the play Purgatorio by Ariel Dorfman at the Arcola Theatre in London; Der Freischütz at Opéra de Metz and Opéra de Rennes, France; L’occasione fa il ladro by Rossini at Wexford Festival, Ireland, and the Royal Academy of Music in London; My Feet May Take A Little While (based on the songbook by Errollyn Wallen), and a staging of Dichterliebe, both at the Arcola Theatre; the UK première of Ciboulette by Reynaldo Hahn at UCOpera in London; Così fan tutte for Mid-Wales Opera. I have also translated and directed the play The Fan, by Goldoni at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow.

 

My work has been supported by Arts Council England, the National Lottery, Grange Park Opera and the Hinrichsen Foundation.

Photograph courtesy of Yash Sentürk