Emily Harris is an award-winning visual storyteller spanning film, theatre, exhibition, and installation. Her work has been shown at major film festivals and museums worldwide including Tribeca, Berlinale, Camerimage, the V&A Museum, Barbican, Visionary Art Museum, Art Brut Museum Lausanne and the Prague Quadrennial. She has degrees from the Glasgow School of Art , The London Film School and the National Film and Television School. She is a Berlinale Talent Alumna and a full voting member of BAFTA.
Emily’s feature directorial credits include ‘You Say You Want a Revolution?’ MVFF 2019, SIFF 2020 and current US Distribution, ‘Carmilla’ – nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film 2019 – UK cinema release April 2020 (Altitude), US release 2020 (Film Movement), and ‘Love is Thicker Than Water’ – UK cinema release 2017 and US distribution (1091).
Emily’s feature documentary credits include live cinema release of ‘Bowie is Happening Now’ (creative consultant) which screened in 250 UK cinemas nationwide , BIFA and Grierson nominated ’Tovarisch, I am not Dead’ (co-producer/Editor) for double BAFTA Winner Stuart Urban, HotDoc premiere hit ‘Love Arranged’ (writer/Editor) and Documentary Forum Film of the Year Finalist and Oscar Long List 2015.’17 Beginnings of Talia’ (Editor).
Emily started out writing and directing for theatre in the lat 90s. Her first play play ‘In the Lie of the Beholder’ had critical success at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow and her final play, a translation of ‘Difficult People’, opened to critical acclaim and a sell out run at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh following a National tour that included a London run at the Cockpit Theatre. Other directorial credits included writers David Mamet and Edward Albee, both notoriously difficult for granting professional rights.
DateProduction (role)CompanyProject details
Date: 2019Production (role): CARMILLACompany: Distributor/Sales Agent: AltitudeProject details: Writer/Director
Carmilla is an evocative, supernaturally-inflected coming-of-age tale loosely based on Sheridan Le Fanu’s novella. The film combines the beauty, gruesomeness, and inevitability of nature with a young girl’s burgeoning sexuality to tell this cautionary tale about what happens when we demonise that which we don’t understand. Premiere - Edinburgh International Film Festival - Nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film 2019.
"Carmilla perfects the experience not just of first love, but of the heady excitement of being completely bewitched by someone new” - Screen Daily “Fresh and original, Carmilla is a film that feels like a classic waiting to be studied and analysed in film schools for years to come." - Filmotomy “A hauntingly beautiful tale that draws you in like whispers in the night.” - MVFF42
Date: 2017Production (role): LOVE IS THICKER THAN WATERCompany:Project details: Co-director
For 'Love is Thicker than Water' Emily teamed up with veteran cult film director Ate de Jong (Drop Dead Fred) to tell an uncompromisingly true account of real love. With a fantastic ensemble British cast including Juliet Stevenson, Johnny Flynn, Lydia Wilson and Henry Goodman, the film enjoyed a strong festival run, a limited theatrical release and is currently available on Amazon and Sky Movies.
“When you see as many films as I do, sometimes the real treats from unshowy low-budget independent films like this” - 4 stars, Mail Online
“Details the growing tensions between lovers in subtle and comic ways.” - 4 stars, Independent
“Top notch, delivered with realism and wit.” - Brit Flicks
“Joyful, rewarding and utterly compelling.” - Stephen Fry
Date: 2015Production (role): PARAGRAPHCompany:Project details: Co-director
63 min fiction, co-directed with Yoni Bentovim. Inspired by a real entry in a forgotten diary, Paragraph treads the delicate line between storytelling and memory.
WINNER Best Music Score and Jury Special Mention East End Film Festival, Barbican Cinema June 2015. EFM Berlinale 2015. Available on AMAZON PRIME and GOOGLE PLAY in the US, UK, CANADA, AUSTRALIA and NZ
Date: 2007Production (role): BORGES AND ICompany:Project details: Co-director
BORGES AND I, a 74min drama/experimental film co-directed with Yoni Bentovim, is constructed as a facetious commentary on the relentless recording and sharing of our lives in the wake of the user-generated-content generation. Through the use of a secret camera, an out-of-work actor tries to uncover the reasons behind his failing career and takes on an experiment to find out if it is possible to control how others perceive him.
WINNER Best Fiction Film, ITZON.TV May 2011, WINNER Best No-Budget Feature Film, London Independent Film Festival 2010, OFFICIAL SELECTION Raindance Film Festival 2009, OFFICIAL SELECTION London Independent Film Festival 2010, OFFICIAL SELECTION Seattle True Independent Film Festival, 2010 OFFICIAL SELECTION New Filmmakers New York 2010
"Brilliant!" Franco Frassetti - FILMS IN REVIEW
"Compelling and impressive from beginning to end" - Andrew Bujalski (Writer/Director Funny Ha Ha, Computer Chess)
"Remarkably warm and charming" - Robert Barry THEQUIETUS.COM
"A comic delight" - Naila Scargil FILM & FESTIVALS Magazine
"Fascinating...so very raw, personal and spontaneous, three things that are so very hard to achieve in fiction." - Merlin Crossingham (creative director Wallace and Gromit)
DateProduction (role)Project details
Date: 2005Production (role): THREE TOWERSProject details: Co-director
Written by Camera D'or winners Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen (Cannes Film Festival 2007) and co-driected with Yoni Bentovim, THREE TOWERS is set on 9/11 in a remote Italian village and centres on how the far reaching news affects the lives of an old, isolated farmer couple.
WINNER Best Short Film, Raindance Film Festival 2006 (Juries awarding the fi lm included Lou Reed, Kevin MacDonald and Judi Dench), WINNER Special Award Split Film Festival 2007, WINNER Onda Curta Award Imago Film Festival 2007, NOMINATED Best Short Film Montreal World Film Festival 2006, OFFICIAL SELECTION TRIBECA Film Festival 2007, OFFICIAL SELECTION Sao Paulo International Film Festival 2006, OFFICIAL SELECTION Los Angeles Film Festival 2007, OFFICIAL SELECTION Aspen Shorts Fest 2007
"Immaculately shot...hilarious dead-pan humour." - TIME OUT
"A monochrome masterpiece." - EPOCH TIMES
DateProduction (role)Project details
Date: 2019Production (role): YOU SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION?Project details: Director
You Say You Want a Revolution? Is a feature documentary about how the revolutions of the late 1960s affected the way we all live today. The film, which is an extension of the V&A exhibition of the same name, unlocks the spirit of change that defined the 1960s with key figures in music, fashion, film, design and technology who were active then and still active now. In looking back with them, this documentary aims to determine how we might move forward together. World Premiere - Mill Valley Film Festival, October 2019
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Date: 2019Production (role): UNFRAMEDProject details: Director
Unframed is an immersive film installation commissioned by Creative Europe for the Victoria and Albert Museum. Through film, set design, sound and lighting, Unframed invites the audience to consider the spaces we inhabit and the borders that define them. Representing the spirit of the porous borders that creatives rely on, the film captures multiple perspectives simultaneously, using varying lenses, frame rates and shot sizes to create an immersive collage effect amongst a physical set that reflects the footage within the film - a technique designed to subvert the frame of the screen and disrupts the idea of borders within the cinematic construct.
Unframed first appeared in the Industrial Palace, Prague Quadrennial 2019. It will continue its run at Edinburgh International Festival 2020.
Date: 2015Production (role): GLASTONBURY: LAND AND LEGENDProject details: Director/Creator
This was the first ever immersive video installation about the Glastonbury Festival. Showcasing previously unseen footage captured at the festival in 2014, this installation explores the ethos of the largest green field performance festival in the world, alternative societal narratives, Green politics and five days of fun with the music, mud and madness.
Prague Quadrennial 2015 - Jaroslav Fragner Gallery, May 28-June 28, 2015, Victoria and Albert Museum, Theatre and Performance Gallery, Sept 2015 - January 2016