Laura Scrivano is an Italian-Australian filmmaker based in London. She has been selected as "Ones to Watch" for the Edinburgh TV Festival 2020-2021.
She is currently in production on Extinction by Joe Barton (Giri/Haji), a new thriller for Sky starring Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You). Most recently, she directed A Wilderness of Mirrors, the second episode in the first season of McDonald & Dodds (ITV/Britbox), for which she was nominated for Debut Director at Edinburgh TV Festival's 2021 New Voice Awards.
Other credits include HANNA for Amazon/Working Title/NBCU (2nd unit), The Letdown for Netflix (London unit) and award-winning short film Alice starring Sarah Snook (HBO's Succession). Commercial spots include work for the FA, Bumble, NHS, Budweiser, Scouts UK and Instagram.
Her debut feature, Ring Road is in development with Silver Salt Films. It was shortlisted for Sundance Screenwriters' Lab 2021 and has been awarded early development funding from the BFI Network. She is also in development on feature film My Sister Ellie by Samantha Collins, produced by Thought Experiment films, which is part of the 2020-2021 Attagirl Lab in partnership with Toronto International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam and Sydney Film Festival.
Born in a small coastal mining town on Dharawal land in NSW, Laura was raised on a mix of late-80s blockbusters, Australian gothic masterpieces and European avant garde - from Back to the Future to Bicycle Thieves, Picnic at Hanging Rock to Twin Peaks, Labyrinth to La Jetée. She began her career in theatre, directing productions at Belvoir St, Australian Theatre for Young People and Opera Australia; and creating digital content for Sydney Theatre Company under the artistic directorship of Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton.
Laura’s work has been described as ‘beautifully honest’ (The Guardian), ‘fabulously brought to life’ (Stephen Fry), ‘groundbreaking’ (Sydney Morning Herald), and ‘inspirational’ (PromoNews). Her shorts have screened at festivals internationally, including BFI Flare, Sundance, Oberhausen, Aesthetica, Cyprus Film Days, Cinema des Antipodes at Festival de Cannes and New York Fashion Week.
A graduate of the Australian Film, Television & Radio School (AFTRS) in both directing and screenwriting, Laura has worked in New York, LA and Paris prior to being based in London.