Film Writer / Director
Currently residing in the UK
Melanie has been directing short films for over 10 years and is currently developing a number of feature films. Member of Directors UK & Cinesisters.
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 filmmaking platform to tell powerful stories that educate and entertain with issues that she feels strongly drawn to that surround her every day. Putting her passions, ire and fight to change the world into action through her creative film skills.
She is 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 different research papers at 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 filmmaking skills through working within the art department where she started a bit later than some in North London where she resided for 11 years.
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 such 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 alongside British genre directors Gareth Evens and Corin Hardy.
Melanie’s directing work includes short films: 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 that deals with mental health and depression; 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.
Melanie is currently developing her debut feature film SWITCH.