Full name

Melanie Light

Title

Film Writer / Director

Location

Currently residing in the UK

Blurb

Melanie has been directing short films for 10 years and is currently developing a number of feature films and a mini series.

Biography

Melanie is a Canadian/British activist and genre film writer/director who currently resides in the
vibrantly diverse political city of Bristol, the home of the artist Banksy, the toppled Colston statue, Triphop and Aardman Animations.

Melanie uses her film making platform to tell powerful stories that both educate and entertain with issues that she feels strongly drawn to that surround her on an everyday basis. Putting her passions, ire and fight to change the world into action through her creative film skills.

Known for her multi award winning feminist vegan animal rights short film THE HERD which is shared globally on multiple platforms with over 4.3M views on the US short horror film platform Alter alone. With over another 1M of YOUTUBE uploads along with distribution globally through various territories and platforms. It has won a multitude of awards and continues to be screened at festivals internationally as well as studied in various research papers in various academic levels and is widely discussed at vegan activist and various animal rights boot camps.

Melanie spent her university days studying Fine Art Sculpture at the popular Brighton University
of Arts and later honed her film making skills through working within the art department where she started a bit later than some in North London where she resided for 11years.

Melanie has dabbled in Production Designing and Art Directing micro horror/sci fi indie features and online mini series to Art Directing and Standby Art Directing various British popular films and TV Shows as: THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE, COCKNEYS VS ZOMBIES, Sony’s PHILLIP K DICKS ELECTRIC DREAMS, PREVENGE and HBO’s GANGS OF LONDON where she worked along side British genre directors Gareth Evens and Corin Hardy.

Melanie’s directing work includes short film, TRUST, a short film dealing with abortion rights, THE SKIN YOU’RE IN, an animal rights film about the fur industry; an episode of SHRINK, a London based web series which deals with mental health and depression; 5 episodes for US online horror series FEAR HAUS, an Atlanta based series showcasing new genre short films; short film ESCAPE, a rape revenge thriller filmed in the Nevada Desert; SWITCH, a short female serial killer film which premiered at Film 4 FrightFest along with the BIRDS EYE VIEW short film showcase at the BLOODY WOMEN film night screened in the ICA, London. TURN OFF YOUR BLOODY PHONE was a horrifically hilarious horror for their FrightFests Idents, shot on location at the art house Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley. One of the oldest and continuously running cinemas left in the UK since 1912.

Melanie is currently writing and working with various people in searching for financing to tell those stories.

Education

BA Hons Fine Art Sculpture

Brighton University of Arts

Brighton. UK

Foundation of Arts Diploma

Winchester School of Art

Winchester. UK

Elsewhere