BIO

Nora-Niasari_headshotNora is an award-winning Iranian-Australian writer/director based in Melbourne. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Masters in Film & Television from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA).

Nora started her career making documentaries in Lebanon and Chile. In 2011, her documentary BEIRUT, UNDER THE BRIDGE was awarded ‘Best Director Documentary’ and ‘Special Jury Prize Documentary’ at the 11th Beirut International Film Festival and broadcast on CNN. Her first long-form documentary, CASA ANTÚNEZ (ANTÚNEZ HOUSE) competed in the Official Selection of the 2017 Sheffield Doc/Fest (New Talent Award Nominee)

To date, she has made three award-winning short films about the contemporary Iranian-Australian identity which have competed in film festivals worldwide, these include, 17 YEARS AND A DAY, THE PHOENIX (SIMORGH) and WATERFALL (Screen Australia’s Hot Shots Fund).

In 2016/2017 she completed a screenwriting mentorship with Cannes-award winning auteur Michael Rowe as well as two director’s attachments, with Emma Freeman on the Matchbox Pictures/Netflix Series SECRET CITY and with Ian Barry on December Media/ABC TV’s THE DOCTOR BLAKE MYSTERIES.

In 2019, her episodic writing credits include Matchbox Pictures/ABC TV Series THE HEIGHTS (Series 2) and Thumper Pictures’ Sci-Fi Web Series SECOND TIME.

Nora’s debut feature screenplay, SHAYDA is in development with Porchlight Films (ANIMAL KINGDOM, LORE) and Film Victoria. She is currently working with American producer Gary Foster (SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, THE SOLOIST) on a feature film adaptation of an Iranian-American novel.

TÂM is her latest short film project and will be released in 2019/2020.

Nora is represented by HLA Management.