Natalie Malla

Natalie Malla


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  • 17th June 2014

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-Friendco-written with Xara Higgs has recently been optioned by Bird Flight Films!

 

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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-Friendco-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 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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AWARDS: 

CRUSH HOUR

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

ACTING UP

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

KILLING THYME

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 

To find out more about Natalie Malla, get in touch with Salt Partnership here.

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