Marianna Dean

Marianna Dean

Director, Producer and Screenwriter

London, England

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About Marianna

Marianna is an award-winning director and producer. Her debut, Symptoms, screened at 19 international festivals (including Bafta/Oscar qualifying ones) and won 7 awards including Best Director award at the Los Angeles Film Awards, Best Director at the Accolade Global Film Competition, Best Short Film at Latitude Film Awards and Alaska International Film Festival.

In the Park screened at 8 international festivals and won 4 awards including Best Director at the International Independent Film Awards and Best Comedy/Dramedy at the LA Independent Film Festival Awards.

With four award-winning shorts under her belt, Marianna recently directed 6 episodes of Hollyoaks for Channel 4. She is also directing & producing an inspirational, character driven drama Hear Me Roar, a post-apocalyptic psychological thriller Lowlands, and is attached to direct a psychological thriller Abandoned for MitchSmithMedia.

She also produced and directed a number of corporate, brand and content related films to support multiple products and campaigns.

Marianna has over 15 years' experience in management roles in the financial sector, and brings on board extensive experience in strategy and planning, people management, communication and problem solving.

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




  • Leo?

    Leo? (2017)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Director A struggling screenwriter forms an unhealthy obsession with a Leonardo DiCaprio cardboard cutout.

  • Hollyoaks

    Hollyoaks (2017)
    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

    In the Park (2016)
    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.

  • Symptoms

    Symptoms (2016)
    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?

  • Holby City

    Holby City (2015)
    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 <>

  • EastEnders

    EastEnders (2015)
    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

    Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
    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

  • Z-List

    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

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