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Marianna is an award winning director, producer and writer. Her directorial debut, Symptoms won numerous awards including Best First Time Director at the Los Angeles Film Awards and an Award of Excellence for Female Directors at the Accolade Global Film Competition.
Her second film, In the Park, won Best Comedy/Dramedy Short at the LA Independent Film Festival and Best Directing at the International Independent Film Awards. This film is now playing the festival circuits.
She recently directed a continuous drama TV series Hollyoaks which airs on Channel 4, UK.
Selection of reviews of her work:
‘Straight from the start we are able to see Marianna Dean’s directing talent, with a very impressive opening single shot that introduces us to Sam and sets the light hearted and slightly comedic tone of the first half of the film. The quality of the shooting is not diminished as it progresses either and keeps it’s tone by never sitting still for long on any shot, with its slow pans and handheld motion which give the movie a natural setting and allows us to feel as though we are stood next to the characters.’ – UK Film Review, Symptoms
'Dean utilises a reduced number of locations well, relying more heavily on the funny and believable dialogue to provide momentum. Her strengths in blocking the scenes prove formidable, as each sequence felt fresh and engaging even though they were made up of largely the same elements.' - UK Film Review, Leo?
‘Symptoms is a very fluent short.’ – David Abraham, Channel 4, Symptoms
‘Symptoms is a film of real promise from director Marianna Dean, within a short space she manages to convey tension, laughter and ultimately sadness, in a story that would resonate with the majority of audiences and most importantly it reminds us of what we all find to be most comforting, somebody to talk to.’ – UK Film Review, Symptoms
'Genuinely funny in all the right places, Dean and Lowe more than make up for the flatness in DiCaprio's performance, with a short film that has a timeless appeal.' - UK Film Review, Leo?
‘I like films that toss my expectations to the side and say “Follow me here!”
That’s exactly what Symptoms does and it does so quite effectively. While the story doesn’t go quite exactly where we expect, it’s a deeply meaningful and authentic evolution that works for the story and works for these characters.’ – The Independent Critic,, Symptoms
Film (Short and Comedy) Director A struggling screenwriter forms an unhealthy obsession with a Leonardo DiCaprio cardboard cutout.
Television (Drama and Romance) Director Hollyoaks is a British TV soap opera, that takes a mundane look at the lives, loves and careers of a group of teenage friends and their families as they graduate through GCSE's, A-Levels and College into the world of work. first broadcast on 23 October 1995, on the Channel 4 network. Originally devised by Phil Redmond, who also devised shows such as Brookside and Grange Hill, the program is set in and around the fictional Chester suburb of Hollyoaks and is centered around a former 1950s technical college which is now a college of higher education called Hollyoaks Community College (often mistaken for the real-life University of Chester), with the characters and main target audience generally being in their late teens or early twenties. Written by Anonymous
In the Park
Film (Short, Comedy and Drama) Director IN THE PARK portrays an unexpected encounter between Jessica, a stressed out mum on the verge of a meltdown, and Robin, a homeless man. Jessica is over-worked (by her boss), under-valued (by her family), and over-medicated (in response to both). When her upscale car breaks down beside a rundown park, she bulldozes her way across the park trying to pick up a decent mobile phone signal. Oblivious to all but her own situation, she bumps into Robin, a sage of the streets with intelligence, wit...and a fondness for bin picking. The pair strike up an unexpected conversation that turns our perceptions of what "having it all" means upside down. As Robin and Jessica kick social assumptions into the bin like a pair of worn trainers, titbits in the most unlikely of places are revealed to be treasures.
Film (Short and Drama) Director Symptoms tells the story of a trainee doctor, Sam, and his final practical examination. Set in the world - known well to most actors - of fake illness and playing a part, not all of the "patients" that Sam sees are who they seem. Sam comes into contact with a variety of actors, with a wide range of abilities, from mockney Ben who wants to talk about "the thing in his pants" to inept Jenna who can't keep her fake wound stuck on. But then everything changes when he has to diagnose Amy. Hostile and intense, what is she hiding?
Television (Drama) Actress Drama series depicting the frenetic daily lives of the doctors, nurses and patients in the hectic cardiac unit of Holby City General Hospital. The unit is run by the autocratic Consultant Surgeon Anton Meyer (George Irving) assisted by arrogant sidekick Registrar Nick (Michael French) who find themselves in a continuous running battle with Consultant Muriel McKendrick (Phyllis Logan) over beds with the rest of the staff caught in the cross-fire. Written by Mark Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Television (Crime, Drama and Romance) Actress A British soap that has been running since 1985, about the lives of people living on Albert Square in the fictitious Walford borough of East London. Written by James2001
Guardians of the Galaxy
Film (Action, Adventure and Sci-Fi) Actress After stealing a mysterious orb in the far reaches of outer space, Peter Quill from Earth, is now the main target of a manhunt led by the villain known as Ronan the Accuser. To help fight Ronan and his team and save the galaxy from his power, Quill creates a team of space heroes known as the "Guardians of the Galaxy" to save the world. Written by James Hake
Film (Short and Comedy) Director Good hearted but incompetent, attention-seeking celebrity wannabe Zara tries and fails to capitalise on a chance piece of notoriety to build a media career as a celebrity baker.
Won, Best Film (Symptoms), Alaska International Film Festival
Won, Best Directing (In the Park), International Independent Film Awards
Nominated, Best Film (Symptoms), Marbella International Film Festival
Won, Best First Time Director (Symptoms), Los Angeles Film Awards
Won, Best Comedy/Dramedy (In the Park), Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards
Won, Award of Excellence (Symptoms), Accolade Global Film Competition
Won, Best Screenplay (Symtoms), Indian Cine Film Festival
Nominated, Best British Short Film (Symptoms), Leeds International Film Festival
Nominated, Best Foreign Short Film (Symptoms), Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards