Al Carretta

Al Carretta

Director at Nightpiece Media
Director, Actor, Editor, Producer, Screenwriter and Playwright

Gillingham, United Kingdom

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October 2018
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About Al

Never afraid to experiment, Al Carretta is a trailblazing British filmmaker. Never funded and working tirelessly with ingenuity and the resources available, he now has 20 multi-genre indie features behind him since 2010. With a snowball effect and wide releasing on streaming platforms thanks to industry disruptor Filmhub, his films are also starting to make their production budgets back; an impressive achievement for zero marketing spend.

With original soundtracks also produced on every film an enviable catalog of original content and intellectual property has been created over the decade that comes in on a total spend of around £75k. Throw in the development of Nightpiece Film Festival, launched in the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe (now in it's 9th year) and you have the framework behind a passionate and devoted arts producer who constantly creates acting opportunities and stays on the filmmaking pulse.

With so many ideas proven and executed Carretta's stage background and acting skill set is often forgotten. In 2010, only after a decade of stage performance built around countless productions in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe was the full transition into filmmaking considered with mafia crime drama 'What You See Is What You Get' , on stage in the 2009 EdFringe as 'The Tears of A Clown', coming together as his first feature.

In Autumn 2010 he delivered the 1990s set romantic tragedy 'The Length Of Spring' whilst 2011 saw the production of 'Africa In Her Blood'. Originally produced on stage in Edinburgh in 2008, the film dealt with the concerns of John Smith, a farmer desperately trying to escape a collapsing Zimbabwe. In 2012, a revised version of 'Wysiwyg' was delivered. 'The Devil Made Me Do It' saw Carretta reprise the DiMaggio role in a re-imagination of the original stage script. Moving to Canon DSLRs and higher production values, the film proved to be a marker point and in 2021, nine years after it's original production, an Amazon Prime release and the coincidence of title alignment with 'The Conjuring 3:The Devil Made Me Do It' helped it surpass all expectations by recouping it's meagre £2k production budget and more.

In Summer 2013, the film 'Super Tuesday', about the controversial 1960 US Election was produced for simultaneous release on stage in the Edinburgh Fringe and VOD (Video On Demand). Immediately following the 'Tuesday'production 'A Mass For The Dying' was made in Autumn 2013 as a companion piece to 'Africa In Her Blood', sticking much closer to the original stage script.

In Spring 2014, after eighteen months in production alongside other projects, Carretta delivered 'Automatically Sunshine', a genre piece set in England dealing with the issues of human trafficking and the pressures of undercover policing. This was his first 'screenplay only' production with no prior stage version. In the same Summer, Carretta launched the Nightpiece Film Festival in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He also began work on the feature 'The Madness Of Tellaralette Seville', which debuted under the radar in the Edinburgh Fringe. Concerning the lives of drone operators scarred by PTSD, the project was shelved for three years until filming finally took place between October 2017 and April 2018 with a May 2018 streaming release to become Carretta's 11th feature. With a cast of largely unknown performers, bar a unique cameo from 'Legend' actress Annabelle Lanyon, 'Madness' was his first total experiment in visual style.

Continuing to explore previously produced stage material, Carretta turned around the emotional drama 'Tara Reata', on the rebound from 'Madness'. An unofficial screen test to align key female roles for 13th feature 'th'dread rattlin' the entire production was shot and edited in May 2018. Post Fringe, th'dread rattlin', Carretta's third feature of 2018 - took everyone by surprise. The experimental psychological horror, complete with a million in jokes and designed as a framework test to see what might potentially work in a horror, gained massive traction across the internet. The film exceeded all distribution expectations for a sub £1k film.

Across 2019, Carretta slowly worked his way back to more traditional filmmaking structure. Delivering the feature short 'Homeless Comforts' in April on a deliberate budget of zero, shooting overlapped with the dark psychological thriller 'Princess in the Castle' and the the crime drama 'Cocaine.Gangster.Talk.' Originally shot as a standalone film, CGT looked to overlap too many thematically similar set-ups so the decision was made to use the best sections of CGT to create a definitive version of 'Automatically Sunshine' and 'Precious Little Things'. With scratch re-edits of all previously filmed material, a full remaster and a chronological order the re-imagined, now epic 3hr film - shot from 2012 onwards - was released online on 31st December 2019 to reflect Carretta's first decade in indie filmmaking.

In 2020 - amidst the restrictions of the Covid-19 lockdown, Carretta still managed to deliver 2 more indie features and made a long desired switch into 4K production. 'Set Roaring War' was filmed in late June as UK lockdown eased. Prepped for an August release as part of the Virtual Edinburgh Fringe, SRW is a UK focused drama about a student's unorthodox method to evict her troubled flatmate. By Autumn, with block availability of a venue in sight, the opportunity was seized upon to build a full set and shoot 'The Judge of Harbor County' just days before the UK entered another lockdown. Originally on stage in the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 'Judge' was delivered as a March 2021 release and continues to post strong streaming figures on the back of another nominal £2k total spend.

Filmed on another purpose designed set in April '21, 'Saint Cecilia of Spiralence' - about a troubled English Nun with premonitions of the JFK assassination in 1963 - was another stage to screen transition. First seen at the Etcetera Theatre, Camden in February 2020, 'Cecilia' was released in November 2021. Overlapping in the Autumn, production began on 19th feature, Working Title: 'Earwigger'. Originally slated for 2020 production, the pandemic collapsed the original film. Now completed as 'Killahurtz' through Spring 2021, Carretta's 19th indie feature debuted streaming services in July 2022.

Summer 2021 also saw Carretta debut his carefully planned mafia crime drama 'Eight Hundred Dollar Value' in the Camden & Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. About the troubled son of convicted mafia associate 'Donnie DiMaggio', 'Eight Hundred' is a direct sequel to the 2012 'The Devil Made Me Do It' project and after an Edinburgh Festival Fringe premiere in Nightpiece Film Festival hit streaming services this Autumn.

Carretta's overlapping Autumn 2022 forthcoming projects are 'The Judge Of Harbor County Part II - The Bones Of Nia, Formula One inspired drama 'F1XED' and psychological folk horror 'The Chant Of July'.

Unique traits: 20 independent feature films delivered and distributed since 2010.


  • Killahurtz

    Killahurtz (2022)
    Film by Nightpiece Media (Thriller) Director / Producer / Writer / Actor A shy young woman facing potential deafness happily customises and repairs headphones until rejection drives her to an extreme form of sabotage.

  • Eight Hundred Dollar Value

    Eight Hundred Dollar Value (2022)
    Film by Nightpiece Media (Crime) Director / Producer / Writer / Actor Living in the shadows of his father's notoriety as the prime suspect in a New York mafia rub-out, a gangster with an identity crisis seeks to find out who murdered his wife on New Year's Eve, 1999.

  • Saint Cecilia of Spiralence

    Saint Cecilia of Spiralence (2020)
    Film (Drama) Director / Producer / Writer / Actor November 1963, London. An East End slum landlord with a reputation for protecting the morally abhorrent is assigned the unenviable task of chaperoning a vision-plagued Catholic Nun to her mission in Paris.

  • Cocaine. Gangster. Talk.

    Cocaine. Gangster. Talk. (2019)
    Film (Crime and Drama) Director / Producer / Writer / Actor The true identity of 'Carl Hart' is the mystery no government department can unravel. After 19 years the purpose of his operation becomes apparent as his true motive is revealed.

  • Princess in the Castle

    Princess in the Castle (2019)
    Film by Nightpiece Media (Drama) Director / Producer / Writer / Actor In 2007, a young actress fresh from social media fame sees her life implode. Re-emerging into the public eye a decade later with a tale of captivity and murdered parents, the enigmatic Connie Castille has a story to die for.

  • As the Frost Glistens Or: The Envious Temptation of Redemption by Forgiveness

    As the Frost Glistens Or: The Envious Temptation of Redemption by Forgiveness (2019)
    Film (short) by Nightpiece Media (Drama and Short) Director / Producer / Writer / Actor In 1952, in an unnamed southern US state, an institutionalised prisoner on death row eats his final meal and delivers his last statement to a lawyer, oblivious to what is coming next.

  • Homeless Comforts

    Homeless Comforts (2019)
    Film (short) by Nightpiece Media (Drama) Director / Producer / Writer / Actor In an effort to learn more about the disappearance of her brother, Alana, a young woman with money and means, befriends Martin, a purportedly homeless man. As their relationship develops Martin's complex situation unravels.

  • The Executioner Inside

    The Executioner Inside (2018)
    Theater by Nightpiece Media (Drama)

  • Tara Reata

    Tara Reata (2018)
    Film by Nightpiece Media (Drama) Director / Producer / Writer / Actor With the manipulative Tara Reata a destructive force in many lives, relationships collapse as secrets unfold in a complex emotional drama about life, loss and reconciliation.

  • Th'dread Rattlin'

    Th'dread Rattlin' (2018)
    Film by Nightpiece Media (Drama and Horror) Director / Producer / Writer / Actor University students investigate a noise phenomenon in haunted woods known as 'th'rattlin'.

  • Remote Working

    Remote Working (2018)
    Film (short) by Nightpiece Media (Sci-Fi and Short) Director / Producer / Writer / Actor A man peddling a virtual reality concept explains the deal he struck with aliens to remain alive.

  • The Sorcerer of the Mists

    The Sorcerer of the Mists (2018)
    Film (short) by Nightpiece Media (Drama) Director / Producer / Writer Inspired by the biblical story of Bathsheba. David, a military officer, sends the husband of Bathsheba to his death in order to claim her as his own.

  • The Madness of Tellaralette Seville

    The Madness of Tellaralette Seville (2018)
    Film (Drama) Director / Producer / Writer / Actor Under the command of the mysterious Colonel Bracco, military drone operators Marcy Braccante and Daniel Denham succumb to the pressures of life 'in the box'.

  • Dark Horse

    Dark Horse (2017)
    Film (short) by Nightpiece Media (Drama and Short) Director / Writer / Producer / Actor A pill consumed in milk takes users on a dark fantastical trip that always requires a taxi journey home.

  • Precious Little Things

    Precious Little Things (2017)
    Film by Nightpiece Media (Crime and Drama) Director / Producer / Writer / Actor Intelligence operative Carl Hart (Al Carretta) returns to the operation he instigated to extract compromised police officers. He hasn't come back out of choice; the answers behind the kidnapping of his former girlfriend have been unearthed.

  • Tomorrow's Yesterday

    Tomorrow's Yesterday (2017)
    Film (short) by Nightpiece Media (Sci-Fi and Short) Director / Producer / Writer / Actor In May 1998, a precocious teen (Gabriella Montrose) attempts to make a short science fiction film with her sister and friends.

  • The Sliver of Truth

    The Sliver of Truth (2017)
    Film Director

  • The Realm Beyond

    The Realm Beyond (2016)
    Film Producer

  • In the Ashes

    In the Ashes (2016)
    Film Producer

  • The Shadow Season

    The Shadow Season (2016)
    Film Producer

  • Bad Caller

    Bad Caller (2016)
    Film by Nightpiece Media (Drama) Director / Producer / Writer / Actor With Super Bowl 50 stealing the attention of regular late night fans, Taryn Spring, a sassy English live call show host is harassed by a 'bad caller'. A hostage in her own studio, the only way to get help is to get people watching.

  • The Arcade Incident

    The Arcade Incident (2015)
    Film Producer

  • Sos

    Sos (2015)
    Film Producer

  • Carbon Foxes

    Carbon Foxes (2015)
    Film by Nightpiece Media (Drama) Director / Producer / Writer / Actor Marcus and Tia are long established confidence tricksters riding out their luck selling worthless 'Carbon Credits' to vulnerable clients. As the financial investigation into them unravels, their ruthless world implodes.

  • Automatically Sunshine

    Automatically Sunshine (2015)
    Film by Nightpiece Media (Crime, Drama and Thriller) Director / Producer / Writer / Actor When authorities step up the hunt for a disavowed intelligence operative and human trafficker, the scale of his operation becomes apparent.

  • Happy

    Happy (2014)
    Film Producer

  • Smart Water

    Smart Water (2014)
    Film Producer

  • The First Dialogue

    The First Dialogue (2013)
    Film Producer

  • Conditions

    Conditions (2013)
    Film Producer

  • A Mass for the Dying

    A Mass for the Dying (2013)
    Film Producer

  • Super Tuesday

    Super Tuesday (2013)
    Film by Nightpiece Media (Drama) Director / Producer / Writer / Actor Fictional account of the 1960 US Election. As the results pour in Presidential candidate Jack Cassidy faces the reality of vote rigging, corruption and a wife whose going to do everything she can to sabotage his efforts.

  • Malifaux Tales Part II: The Witch Hunter Sonnia Criid

    Malifaux Tales Part II: The Witch Hunter Sonnia Criid (2012)
    Film Producer

  • Malifaux Tales: The Arcanist Rasputina

    Malifaux Tales: The Arcanist Rasputina (2012)
    Film Producer

  • House on the River

    House on the River (2012)
    Film Producer

  • Blank Space

    Blank Space (2012)
    Film Director

  • The Devil Made Me Do It

    The Devil Made Me Do It (2012)
    Film by Nightpiece Media (Crime and Drama) Director / Producer / Writer / Actor Manhattan, New York, 1973. All low level mafia associate Donnie DiMaggio (Al Carretta) wants to be is funny until he finds out he's the main suspect in the murder of underboss Jimmy De Luca.

  • 7.45: Seven-Forty-Five

    7.45: Seven-Forty-Five (2011)
    Film Director

  • Africa in Her Blood

    Africa in Her Blood (2011)
    Film by Nightpiece Media (Drama and Thriller) Director / Producer / Writer / Actortortor Maggie Carter, the young wife of a white Zimbabwean farmer struggles to come to terms with the horrific events that surround her estranged family as they remain in the country. The victim of a brutal attack months previously she attempts to find comfort in England, the country she was born in and has been pulled between. Slowly accepting her husband Peter back into her life problems mount as the couple are harassed by inefficient bureaucracy. As the situation develops, Peter finds himself going back to a scenario he thought he'd escaped...

  • The Length of Spring

    The Length of Spring (2011)
    Film by Nightpiece Media (Drama and Romance) Director / Producer / Writer / Actortor For Charlotte Reata, life is a stage. For Sam Butler, faith in life and faith in love is all he he has. An emotionally charged tragedy 'The Length Of Spring' takes us on a journey of choices and their respective consequences.

  • What You See Is What You Get

    What You See Is What You Get (2010)
    Film by Nightpiece Media (Crime) Director / Producer / Writer / Actor Manhattan, 1974. An intense journey of revenge, this is the story of Donnie D, street smart hood, wannabe entertainer and unofficial manager of the Carousel Club, the backstreet dive that will host Donnie's biggest show to date.

  • Dock Road

    Dock Road (2009)
    Film Producer

  • Dirty Girl

    Dirty Girl (2004)
    Film Director

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