Natalie Malla is a writer and director for film and TV. She is currently writing an adaptation of FM Mayor’s novel The Rector’s Daughter for Fred Films, and an adaptation of Tricia Walker’s novel Benedict’s Brother for independent producers Stephanie Moon and Deborah Sheppard. Natalie’s feature-length female buddy comedy, Rent-A-Friend, co-written with Xara Higgs has recently been optioned by Bird Flight Films!
Natalie Malla is a writer and director for film and TV. She is currently writing an adaptation of FM Mayor’s novel The Rector’s Daughter for Fred Films, and an adaptation of Tricia Walker’s novel Benedict’s Brother for independent producer’s Deborah Sheppard and Stephanie Moon. Natalie’s feature-length female buddy comedy, Rent-A-Friend, co-written with Xara Higgs has recently been optioned by Bird Flight Films. Alongside these long-form projects Natalie has just completed her latest short film; Mairi a female-led drama she has written and directed which was shot on location in Kent and stars Melissa Collier, Nansi Love, Ellie Haddington and Hannah Joseph.
Natalie’s previous short film Crush Hour starring Melissa Collier and Eric Geynes, simultaneously premiered at the London Short Film Festival and Borrego Springs Film Festival in January 2018. It also won an Award of Excellence at the One Reeler Online Film Festival in LA, was a finalist in competition at the World Of Women Film Festival in Dubai in March 2018 and screened at Austin Film Festival in 2018.
Her web series Acting Up, co-created with Jordan Baker was nominated for Best Director, Best Actress and Best Web Series at the UK Offline Web Fest 2017 and collected awards for Best Actress and Best Original Song at the 2018 International Online Web fest.
Killing Thyme, starring Brian Cox and Charlotte Riley, which Natalie wrote, and produced, also screened at festivals worldwide picking up awards for Best Short and Best of Festival at the 2016 Carmarthen Bay Film Festival and the Audience Award for Best Narrative Short at the 2016 Austin Film Festival.
Natalie’s first short film and her directorial debut, The Girl In The Dress, funded by Film London and starring Olivia Poulet, and Nick Helm, premiered at the 2015 London Film Festival and was selected for numerous festivals worldwide, including a nomination for Best Writer at the 2016 Underwire Film Festival.
Natalie’s original Comedy Drama: Crow’s Feet, won the Bafta Rocliffe New Drama Writing Forum in 2013 and her original sitcom How To Be Normal co-written with Xara Higgs was shortlisted for the Funny Women Comedy Writing Award in 2015.
Alongside her writing and directing work, Natalie is an accomplished script editor and script doctor. Natalie worked with Steven Knight, Tom Hardy and Chips Hardy on Taboo, produced by Scott Free and Hardy Son and Baker. Taboo screened on BBC and FX in 2017.
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One Reeler Short Film Competition 2017 - Award of excellence
London Short Film Festival 2018 – Official Selection
Borrego Springs Film Festival 2018 – Official Selection
World of Women Film Fair Middle East 2018 - Finalist
Austin Film Festival 2018 - Official Selection
Portland Comedy Film Festival 2018 - Official Selection
LA Cinefest 2017 - Semi-Finalist
UK Offline Web Fest 2017 - Nominated for Best Director and Best Web Series - Won Best Actress
International Online Web Fest 2018 - Won Best Actress and Best Original Song
THE GIRL IN THE DRESS
BFI London Film Festival 2015 - London Calling Screening
London Short Film Festival 2016 - Official Selection
Kinofilm 13th International Short Film Festival Manchester 2016 - Official Selection
Carmarthen Bay Film Festival - 2016 - Nominated for Best Comedy
Underwire festival 2016 - Nominated for Best Writer
LOCO - 2017 - Official Selection
London Story First Film Festival 2017 - Nominated for Best Comedy
St Louis International Film Festival 2017 - Official Selection
Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2015 - Official Selection
Foyle Film Festival 2015 - Official Selection
Carmarthen Bay Film Festival 2016 - Won Best Comedy and Best of Festival
Short-Sighted Cinema - The Shortest Nights 2016 - Official Selection
BSO Spirit Jerry Goldsmith Award 2016 - Won Best Music Score in Live Action Short Film -
Festival Europeen du Film Court De Brest 2016 - Official Selection
In The Woods Festival 2016 - Official Selection
Austin Film Festival 2016 - Won Narrative Short Audience Award
This Is England - Rouen British Short Film Festival 2016 - Official Selection
Accolade Global Film Competition 2017 - Award of Excellence - Special Mention
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