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Romola Garai


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Directors: Film & Television, Writer/Directors, Writers: Film & Television

Romola Garai has worked extensively in film, television,and stage for the last 15 years as one of the UK's leading actors. Since her breakout role in I CAPTURE THE CASTLE  -- Romola has starred in a host of acclaimed films and TV productions by the leading filmmakers of our time;Joe Wright, Mira Nair, Lone Scherfig, Francois Ozon, Michael Apted, Sarah Gavron, and Tom Hooper, to name a few. She has been twice nominated for a Golden Globe. First for her role in Jim O’Hanlon’s EMMA and then her starring role in Abi Morgan's THE HOUR. She is BAFTA nominated for Marc Munden’s CRIMSON PETAL AND THE WHITE and BIFA nominated for I CAPTURE THE CASTLE and INSIDE IM DANCING. 

 

Romola’s first outing as a writer / director was in 2012, with her acclaimed short film SCRUBBER. The film played at Edinburgh Film Festival (nominated for Best British Short Film), The Sundance Film Festival (nominated for Best International Short Film), The London Short Film Festival (won the Underwire Award for Best Female Character),and at Cannes’s “Short Film Corner.” The film was released as part of a short film collection, The Joy of Six, by Soda Pictures, the following year.

Her feature film debut as a writer / director will be her contained supernatural horror NIGHTINGALE. NIGHTINGALE is the story of man living on the edges of a society turned against him. Tomas, a refugee, meets and falls for another immigrant, a young woman who he quickly learns is controlled by her mother who has demonic powers. But as Tomas wrestles to free his love from demonic attack we learn that sometimes the past is the greatest threat of all…. Matt Wilkinson will produce, for a planned 2017 shoot.

Romola has also written the period supernatural chiller BLOOD KNOT – which is inspired by the outdated theory of the 'refrigerator mother', where mothers were held responsible for having caused their children's autism. Agnes, a young promising author in 1950's London, is forced by psychiatric advice to abandon her blossoming career as a novelist to care for her autistic daughter, Caroline. When they move to a remote house to become secretary to reclusive legendary author, Agnes is once again drawn back to her love of her career just as her daughter is drawn further into her own mind and the two fight the darkest forces of all to find each other again……

She has recently created high concept futuristic ensemble drama THE DIVIDE, alongside Penelope Skinner, and Kudos have recently optioned the idea and commissioned the pilot.  

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