Gonella Productions

Gonella Productions



A girl of humble heritage and with big dreams moves to London with the man she loves, but soon finds out not everything is rosy in the big city.

Production Company: Redwulf Films
Film exports/World sales: Gonella Productions

Soolaya Rose-Yusuf (Coral)
Abdoulie Mboob (Ricky)
Janet Kamara (Noomi)
Trevor Mann (Uncle Ted)
Jacqui Lofthouse (Mary)

Director: Bruno Catarino
Screenwriter: Louise Johnson & Bruno Catarino
Producer: Louise Johnson
Director of Photography: Daniel Lillie
Production Designer: Rodi N. Papadopoulou
Sound: Max Cambridge
Editing: Bruno Catarino
Sound Editing: Daniel Bodsworth & Will Thomas
Music Composer: Juanjo Molina

Genre: Drama
Sub-genre: Romance, Social
Language: English
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Year of production: 2018
Total running time: 11:07
Production format: Digital
Color type: Color
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Sound format: AIFF

Audience Award at South Social celebrates Black Culture

South Social celebrates Black Culture (audience award)
South Europe International Film Festival Valencia (4 nominations best film, director, actor, actress)
Great Lakes International Film Festival
Tupelo Film Festival
Ozark Foothills FilmFest
Seattle Transmedia & Independent Film Festival
Watford Short Film Festival
New Haven International Film Festival
Film Fest 52
Cobb International Film Festival
Fastnet Film Festival
Baltimore International Black Film Festival
Ocean Coast Film Festival
Rome Independent Prism Awards
Cannes Film Experience
Short to the Point
Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival
Hong Kong Film Art International Film Festival
Zshorts International Film Festival
Idlewild International Film Festival

I was born in Portugal, in a small town 70 Kms south of Lisbon. At 18, I really wanted to work in film, but back then, film was a career with no future in Portugal, so I opted for the safety of IT, having graduated and worked as a Software Developer for the past thirteen years.
However, during that period, I had these voices in my head telling me stories. I tried to shut them down, but with time, they grew louder. When I finally moved to London, the voices were too loud to ignore. I decided to learn the craft of screenwriting.
I wrote more than a handful of shorts and a couple of features in several different genres. The first one was Humans Like Us, an ensemble sci-fi drama, which I later adapted as a TV pilot. I also wrote the psychological horror Second Born, the crime drama The Last Day of Autumn, and researching for an historical drama/epic.
At some point in my writing career, writing was not enough anymore, so I started collaborating with other filmmakers to get some experience on set. I’ve helped with the web-series Ghost Keeper, initially just lending a hand on whatever was needed, but ended up directing several episodes.
Wanting to get my own work made, I wrote, crowdfunded, directed, produced and edited my first short film, For the Children (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5419172), which was a painful but a fantastic learning experience. Each of those roles taught me valuable lessons about filmmaking.
I also collaborated with a writer/producer on two shorts: Forgotten Things (which I also wrote), and Uncle Ted, and we're in talks to work together on a third short written by her.
I'm currently on post-production for my latest short Fade to Black, as well as writing Four of a Kind, a contained thriller that I intend to be my debut as a feature director.
Among my main directing and/or writing references are Darren Aronofsky, John Ford, Billy Wilder, Frank Capra, David Fincher, Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, Edgar Wright, Steven Spielberg, and Rod Serling.