I Graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2003 and since then I have worked on over 25 film and Television projects.
My feature film 'The Hunting of the Snark', premiered at Cannes in 2015, and since then it has made the official selection at 10 international film festivals and picked up three awards. It is now available to buy worldwide on VOD platforms and on DVD. I also wrote the screenplay and produced this film.
''Mano a Mono', a short I co-wrote and directed, also Premiered at Cannes in 2015 and has been screened at six subsequent international film festivals, has picked up three awards and got a theatrical release in Spain. In May 2016 it also made the official selection of a BAFTA Cymru qualifying film festival.
'Nicola's Shedim', a short I wrote and produced in August 2015, has so far been screened at five international film festivals. I am currently writing the screenplay to the feature length version, and will use the success of the short as a promo.
I currently have six short films in pre-production, and a feature of 'Nicola's Shedim' in development at advanced script stage.
Name: Saranne Bensusan
Lives in: London, England
Company: From the 3rd Story Productions Ltd
Occupation: Screenwriter, Director, Producer and Editor
Unique traits: Has won six awards at international film festivals since September 2015
Professor Marshmallow's New Bed
Film by Saranne Bensusan (Animation and Short) Producer & Director Molly decides that she should get Professor Marshmallow a new cat bed, and he is decidedly more interested in the bed that it came in and a war of wills ensues.
Professor Marshmallow's New Enemy
Film by Saranne Bensusan (Animation and Short) Producer & Director Professor Marshmallow meets an unlikely enemy!
Professor Marshmallow's New Home
Film by Saranne Bensusan (Animation and Short) Writer, Producer & Director Professor Marshmallow is adopted from a Cat Shelter following the death of his human, Pamela.
Cops v Freak
Film (short) by Sonia Mason Producer, Cinematographer, Editor, Colourist A team of police officers investigate a series of stupernatural killings only to find that they are to become the next targets
Film (short) by Lawrence Mallinson (Horror) Writer, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor, Colourist
Mano a mono
Film (short) by Saranne Bensusan (Crime, Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Writer, Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor, Colourist A man has returned home and is unable to find his wife, he sets about solving the mystery of why he can't find her, during his moment of crisis he is offered help from a most unlikely source, but all is revealed when a familiar femme fatale enters the building.
The Hunting of the Snark
Film by Saranne Bensusan (Animation) Writer, Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor, Colourist A group of strange individuals embark on a voyage with the aim of capturing 'The Snark'.
I Put My Heart Into This Film
Film by Lawrence Mallinson (Horror and Thriller) Producer, 2nd Unit Cinematographer, Editor, Colourist, Davis is a down on his luck filmmaker who, unable to generate interest in his movie has invested what little saving he has in an old camera to shoot the film himself, only to find that he gets more than he expected, in the form of some unexpected help. Written by Anonymous
I Am Cursed
Film by Shiraz Khan (Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Colourist The Story is set in a News office. Lisa is a frustrated News writer/reporter waiting for her big break, and her biggest story walks into the office in the form of Jay, who brings with him a deadly secret! It is not long before mysterious killings start taking place. Will Lisa be the next Victim? Who is the real Jay?
Film (short) by Cristiana Turcu (Fantasy) Colourist The Priestess, a quiet unassuming woman with simple tastes. Director Cristiana Turcu explores the natural beauty of the humble and unpretentious women from the ancient times.
My Dear Uncle
Television by Shiraz Khan (Drama) Editor, Colourist, Sound Design My Dear Uncle is the story about a youngman Vijay who arrives from India to study for a year. He stays with his long estranged Uncle, a Retired Major from the British Army who has deserted his family in India many years ago. Vijay meets Hamzah a foreign Student from Pakistan, Susan and Thomas both local students. Life long friendships are formed. The story traces their collective journey. The Major mentoring them, their respective journeys to fulfil their potential and the profound effect they have on the Major's life. They will cry together, laugh together, fight with eachother and for eachother. Written by Shiraz Khan
Speak Out on Hate Crime
Film (short) by Linda Gray (Documentary and News) 2nd Unit Cinematographer Adults with learning disabilities work with their local police force to highlight the issues of hate crime and encourage victims not to let it go unreported.
Film by Saranne Bensusan (Drama) Writer, Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor, Colourist, The life of Lawrence, a disabled man, who takes a day out of his life to tell the world how he copes with his disability.
Puppet Building with Chris Wright
Film (short) by Lawrence Mallinson Producer, Editor
Britain in a Day
Film by Morgan Matthews (Documentary) Co-Director A peek into the lives of the British, in their own words, on an ordinary day in November 2011.
Christmas Greetings (from a Fairy to a Child)
Film (short) by Saranne Bensusan (Family) Director, Producer, Editor Short film to the Narrative of the Lewis Carroll poem of the same name.
Film (short) by Saranne Bensusan (Comedy and Mystery) Writer, Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor, Colourist Whilst filming our latest behind the scenes creative discussions on the 'Hunting of the Snark' feature film, Saranne mysteriously vanishes into nothing.
Film (short) by Lawrence Mallinson (Horror) Digital Effects, Colourist, Sound Design, Composer On a dreary December's night whilst he's in his chamber, lamenting the loss of his beloved Lenore, an elderly man is taunted by a persistent raven.
Let's Change It
Film (short) by Awat Osman Ali (Comedy, Crime and Drama) Associate Producer Two thieves try to change their 'jobs' to become filmmakers.
Film by Ben Simpson (Horror) Colourist When a rebellious teenager gets into trouble, Alex decides to question some of the Island's strict rules. Alex may only be fifteen, small, and naive, but she quickly realizes that she is the only one who can uncover the mystery of Peyton Island. Alex isn't in Wonderland anymore. Written by Anonymous
Film (short) by Saranne Bensusan (Action, Crime and Thriller) Writer, Director, Producer What goes around comes around? John is a small time crook who buys a gun from the proceeds of a drug deal. Phil and Spooner have their own problems, and to make matters worse they get ripped off. The result, is everyone is after Mickey. But who will get there first? Written by Anonymous
Film (short) by Awat Osman Ali (Crime and Drama) Composer, Special Effects Assistant Sirwan is preparing to present a seminar on women's rights in Kurdistan, and kisses his wife and son goodbye to go and work on it. Whilst preparing for his speech, something happens to that makes him change his mind about his views.
Film (short) by Awat Namiq Agha (Drama) Composer Helen moves into a new flat to escape her dominating boyfriend. She cannot understand why objects and ornaments keep being moved. When her ex boyfriend appears outside the flat, she wonders if he could have somehow got hold of the keys.
Film (short) by Lawrence Mallinson (Horror, Thriller and Musical) Colourist The story of a young filmmaker wanting to make movies, suffering nightmares at the hands of a monster movie he makes
Winner Award of Merit for 'The Hunting of the Snark' at the North Wales International Film Festival
Winner 'Best Actor' for Tom Bonington for 'Mano a Mono' the North Wales International Film Festival
Official Selection 'Mano a Mono' BAFTA Cymru Carmarthen Bay Film Festival
Winner 'Best of the Fest Animated Feature' at the Fantasmagorical Film Festival for the SNARK film
Winner of the Silver Award at the Oregon Film Awards for 'Mano a Mono'
Winner of the International Award of Merit for 'Mano a Mono'
Winner Award of Merit for Best Animated Feature 'The Hunting of the Snark' at World Animation Awards
Royal Holloway, University of London