Natalie Malla is an award winning writer and director for film and TV.
She is currently working on her feature film directing debut, a female buddy comedy, Rent-A-Friend co-written with Xara Higgs and being produced by Bird Flight Films and Fred Films and adapting Tricia Walker’s novel Benedict’s Brother for independent producer’s Deborah Sheppard and Stephanie Moon.
Alongside these long form projects Natalie is currently directing her latest short film I Am A Unicorn written by and starring Isabelle Schuler. Her last completed short film; Mairi a female led drama shot on location in Kent is currently doing the festival rounds and the series of lockdown comedy tales co-written with Sara Butler which she directed remotely during lockdown were shortlisted for the Funny Women Web Series Awards.
Natalie’s previous short film Crush Hour 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 webseries 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 world wide 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 sitcom 0800 Babes co-written with Sara Butler was longlisted for the 2020 Shortcom Sitcom competition, and was also longlisted for the ERA 5050, Tell Her Vision comedy writing initiative this Autumn. Her 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 a finalist 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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