Michela Carattini is a filmmaker and company director at Charcol Pictures, based in Sydney, Australia.
A dual citizen of the United States and Australia, she graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University in New York with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (major) and Creative Writing (minor), and from the University of Sydney with a Master of Criminology (with distinction).
A long-time performer of stage and screen, she believes in the power of story to influence thinking and change, and is driven to leave the world more compassionate and intelligent than she finds it.
For the NSW Attorney General's Office, she wrote and directed the short documentary When Home is Where the Hurt is (2009), highlighting the diversity of domestic violence survivors in Australia, and answering the question “Why don't they just leave?”. She wrote and produced the short romantic-comedy, Unspoiled by Feminism (2016), based on research she conducted on Eastern European dating services while living and working in Prague, Czech Republic in 2006. Although shot with a 3K budget in only half a day, Unspoiled by Feminism went on to receive an impressive number of nominations and wins on the international festival circuit, including winning Best Film at No Small Stories Film Festival in Sydney, and Best Foreign Film and at Idyllwild International Festival in Los Angeles. She co-wrote and co-produced the short cyber-harassment thriller Remote Access (2019), with writer/producer Leanne Mangan, which world-premiered in New York City, where it won Best Film at the Girl Power Film & Media Summit, and won numerous other festival awards. Both shorts received distribution locally on OzFlix, and internationally on HerFlix.
She recently wrote and produced the TikTok/Facebook comedy webseries Americans in Oz, with 20K+ views and high viewer engagement. She is currently in development on the related feature buddy-comedy Carmen & Bolude, which was awarded Screen Australia development funding, was co-written with Bolude Watson, and is being co-produced with Yolandi Franken.
Her upcoming writing projects include Biography, a feature drama based on Deborah Mulhall's award-winning play, Cry Wolf, and Women of the Revolution, a US TV miniseries produced by DeepWater Productions and Women of the American Revolution Association.
Michela's production company, Charcol Pictures, is named after and dedicated to her parents, Charlie and Carolyn (“Col”).
- Carmen & Bolude
- Women of the Revolution