NEWS: SUMMER 2023
Had a blast playing Helen Taylor in the Script in Hand Series Reading of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd at the legendary Wesport Country Playhouse. Honored to be in the company of these brilliant actors. Superbly written and directed by Mark Shanahan. What a night! Please support this important landmark theatre: www.westportplayhouse.org
Honored and excited to announce that MY latest film as writer/director, Take My Heart, received an Emmy®Nomination in the Outstanding Daytime Fiction Program!
OUR FILM COMPANY
Anna, an American/Irish-Australian, writer-director-actor, received an Emmy® Nomination for her latest film,
Take My Heart, in the Outstanding Daytime Fiction Program. Anna wrote the screenplay and directed the family drama which screened at Oscar and BAFTA qualifying Film Festivals receiving wonderful reviews.
Story and produced by her partner, Peter Sands, and their company VisionFire Films. The film premiered at Mann Theatres in Hollywood with the Micheaux Film Festival.
Take My Heart had its NY premiere in March, 2023, at The Museum of the Moving Image with the Women's International Film Festival.
UPCOMING PROJECTS: Attached to direct the following feature films:
* SALT CREEK - A female-centric western based on Anna's and Terri Sissman's award winning short,
THE AERIAL GIRL to be filmed in New Mexico. Info at link.
* SUMMER WINE, A family drama-fantasy to be filmed in Italy/Greece. Info at link.
* OF CORSICA: A mad cap art heist comedy set on the island of Corsica, France. Info at link.
Info at link.
Anna is a proud voting member of the British Academy of Film & Television.
List of AWARDS:
Including: FIrst Place, Platinum Award at BAFTA/LA Member's Film Festival for Chasing Chekhov (writer/actor/Producer), shot in Prague and Pasadena. The film is based on her oft produced play.
Also the Filmmaker Award at La Femme Film Festival for her directorial debut, The Aerial Girl. Anna is also a proud voting member of BAFTA.
Previous films penned by Anna, including those she directed, or wrote and starred in, have screened at Academy Qualifying Festivals worldwide, won many accolades and sold to TV. Several were produced by her film Company, VisionFire Films. Her directorial debut , TheAerial Girl, a festival favorite, was produced by Motherhorse Productions.
Anna began acting in film, theatre, TV and commercials in Sydney while graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre Arts and Art History. She studied with renowned acting teachers prior to going to London where she played leading roles on stage as well as Repertory Theatres throughout the UK.
Anna studied script interpretation with Stella Adler in New York then proceeded to perform in Off-Broadway shows as well as on the Soaps. She added to her TV and film credits after relocating to Los Angeles where she has been writing screenplays, plays and directing award winning shorts. Her latest film, Take My Heart, is being developed as a TV series with other LA stories Anna has written to comprise the spec TV pilot, The Other Day, some segments shot in english and Spanish.
A pandemic short which Anna wrote, directed and acted in: Love in the Time of Isolation, won Best Experimental Film at the White Nights Film Festival and screened at Queens World Film Festival ; Paris International FF; London Rolling FF, Venice Shorts and Block Island FF.
Memberships: BAFTA; SAGAFTRA; AEA; British Actors Equity; The Dramatists Guild of America; Alliance of Women Directors, Women in Media, New YOrk Women in Film & Television; and Ken Davenport's group- TheaterMakers Studio, NYC.
My latest film as writer-director