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Tina Gharavi

Director

Born in Tehran, Tina Gharavi is a BAFTA-nominated, award-winning filmmaker initially trained as a painter in the United States later studying cinema in France. Her debut feature, I Am Nasrine, a coming of age story of two teenage Iranian refugees, was nominated for a BAFTA in 2013. The film received 4 stars from Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian calling it, “A valuable debut, shot with a fluent kind of poetry” while Deborah Ross in the Spectator described it as “affectionate, humane, tender and, ultimately, optimistic.”

Gharavi has made films from unique perspectives on subjects as diverse as Muhammad Ali, teenage sexuality, Yemeni-British sailors, The Lackawanna 6, death row exonerees, refugees and lighthouses. Her first short, Closer, a 35mm film was an official selection at Sundance where programmer, Shari Frilot, noted that ‘it takes documentary to the next level.’ Gharavi’s next major production chronicled her return to her mother’s house in Iran, 23 years after the Islamic Revolution. The resulting film, Mother/Country, was broadcast at prime time on Channel 4 in the UK where the national press gave it top billing. Further works such as The King of South Shields, deal with “the outsider” and her work often explores the issues of strategies of power and “who speaks for whom.”

Since leaving Iran in 1979 she has been a true nomad; carrying no less than 4 passports she currently resides in Northern England and Los Angeles where she is working on her follow-up feature, The Good Iranian, with the BFI and Film 4; a gangster tale set in France and Iran, a further feature documentary about tribalism and othering, Tribalism is Killing Us, as well as other commissions. She recently worked as Second Unit Director on the high-end drama, The Tunnel, the UK version of The Bridge and is now engaged on several TV directing projects, including Channel Four’s high-end teen drama, Ackley Bridge. Gharavi was elected into the BAFTA Academy in 2017.

 

Credits

IN DEVELOPMENT
Production (role):
THE GOOD IRANIAN - Writer & Director
Company:
Film 4/BFI
Project details:
Feature film
Production (role):
MARISOL
Project details:
Feature film
Production (role):
TRIBALISM IS KILLING US - Writer & Director
Project details:
Documentary
TELEVISION
Production (role):
ACKLEY BRIDGE - Director
Company:
Channel 4
Project details:
Series 2
Production (role):
THE TUNNEL - Second Unit Director
Company:
Sky
Project details:
Series 3
Production (role):
ARTBLAST! - Director
Project details:
TV Factual
FEATURE FILM
Production (role):
I AM NASRINE - Director & Producer
Project details:
Feature film and interactive website

WINNER: Best Screenplay award - Brooklyn Film Festival

BAFTA Nomination: 2013
Short Film/Documentary
Production (role):
PEOPLE LIKE US - Director & Producer
Project details:
Short documentary

WINNER: Anthem Film Festival: 2013
Production (role):
LAST OF THE DICTIONARY MEN
Project details:
Oral history installation, feature length documentary and photographic commission
Production (role):
THE KING OF SOUTH SHIELDS - Director & Producer
Company:
UK Arts Council/Brit Doc
Project details:
Documentary

Nominated: IDA Documentary Awards & Sheffield Documentary Festival
Production (role):
ASYLUM CARWASH - Director & Producer
Company:
Sunderland Museum/Winter Garden
Project details:
Museum Installation
Production (role):
PERFECT TO BEGIN - Producer & Script Editor
Project details:
Short Film

WINNER: TCM Classic Shorts Award at the London Film Festival: 2007
Production (role):
INTERACTIVE PINTER - Director & Producer
Project details:
Interactive installation
Production (role):
I-KOOCH - Director & Artist
Project details:
Multi-media website
Production (role):
NEVILLE IN A BLUE DRESS - Producer
Project details:
Short film

WINNER: Cineglobal, Switzerland
Production (role):
TWO LIGHTHOUSES - Director & Producer
Project details:
Short film
Production (role):
FEATHERHEAD - Director, Producer & Editor
Project details:
Short film
Production (role):
MOTHER/COUNTRY - Director & Producer
Company:
Channel 4/British Council
Project details:
TV Documentary

WINNER: Grand Prize - Tongues on Fire, Asian Women's Film Festival - ICA London: 2005
Production (role):
WELLWOMAN - Director & Producer
Company:
Manchester Art Gallery
Project details:
Museum installation
Production (role):
A TOWN LIKE LACKAWANNA - Director & Producer
Company:
Hallwalls Institute
Project details:
Documentary
Production (role):
CLOSER - Director & Producer
Project details:
Short documentary

Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival
Grand Prize: iFILM/Planetout Short Movie Award, Outfest, Los Angeles
Production (role):
PANINO - Producer, Script Editor & Editor
Project details:
Short film
Production (role):
IF I WASN'T A PAINTER, I WOULD HAVE RAISED CHICKEN - Director
Project details:
Documentary

Credits

  • Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Production (role): THE GOOD IRANIAN - Writer & Director
    Company: Film 4/BFI
    Project details: Feature film
  • Production (role): MARISOL
    Company:
    Project details: Feature film
  • Production (role): TRIBALISM IS KILLING US - Writer & Director
    Company:
    Project details: Documentary
  • Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Production (role): ACKLEY BRIDGE - Director
    Company: Channel 4
    Project details: Series 2
  • Production (role): THE TUNNEL - Second Unit Director
    Company: Sky
    Project details: Series 3
  • Production (role): ARTBLAST! - Director
    Company:
    Project details: TV Factual
  • Production (role)
    Project details
  • Production (role): I AM NASRINE - Director & Producer
    Project details: Feature film and interactive website

    WINNER: Best Screenplay award - Brooklyn Film Festival

    BAFTA Nomination: 2013
  • Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Production (role): PEOPLE LIKE US - Director & Producer
    Company:
    Project details: Short documentary

    WINNER: Anthem Film Festival: 2013
  • Production (role): LAST OF THE DICTIONARY MEN
    Company:
    Project details: Oral history installation, feature length documentary and photographic commission
  • Production (role): THE KING OF SOUTH SHIELDS - Director & Producer
    Company: UK Arts Council/Brit Doc
    Project details: Documentary

    Nominated: IDA Documentary Awards & Sheffield Documentary Festival
  • Production (role): ASYLUM CARWASH - Director & Producer
    Company: Sunderland Museum/Winter Garden
    Project details: Museum Installation
  • Production (role): PERFECT TO BEGIN - Producer & Script Editor
    Company:
    Project details: Short Film

    WINNER: TCM Classic Shorts Award at the London Film Festival: 2007
  • Production (role): INTERACTIVE PINTER - Director & Producer
    Company:
    Project details: Interactive installation
  • Production (role): I-KOOCH - Director & Artist
    Company:
    Project details: Multi-media website
  • Production (role): NEVILLE IN A BLUE DRESS - Producer
    Company:
    Project details: Short film

    WINNER: Cineglobal, Switzerland
  • Production (role):
    Company:
    Project details:
  • Production (role): TWO LIGHTHOUSES - Director & Producer
    Company:
    Project details: Short film
  • Production (role): FEATHERHEAD - Director, Producer & Editor
    Company:
    Project details: Short film
  • Production (role): MOTHER/COUNTRY - Director & Producer
    Company: Channel 4/British Council
    Project details: TV Documentary

    WINNER: Grand Prize - Tongues on Fire, Asian Women's Film Festival - ICA London: 2005
  • Production (role): WELLWOMAN - Director & Producer
    Company: Manchester Art Gallery
    Project details: Museum installation
  • Production (role): A TOWN LIKE LACKAWANNA - Director & Producer
    Company: Hallwalls Institute
    Project details: Documentary
  • Production (role): CLOSER - Director & Producer
    Company:
    Project details: Short documentary

    Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival
    Grand Prize: iFILM/Planetout Short Movie Award, Outfest, Los Angeles
  • Production (role): PANINO - Producer, Script Editor & Editor
    Company:
    Project details: Short film
  • Production (role): IF I WASN'T A PAINTER, I WOULD HAVE RAISED CHICKEN - Director
    Company:
    Project details: Documentary

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