Vera Graziadei is a poet, actor and filmmaker. After a degree and Masters in Philosophy at London School of Economics, Vera completed BA Acting from London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) in 2006. She was signed up by Curtis Brown upon graduation and since then worked as an actor in film, TV, theatre and radio in the UK and internationally. Vera has acted in features by Alfonso Cuaron and Michael Winterbottom, worked with James Corden, Steve Coogan and Minnie Driver and is mostly recognised for playing a regular role in British cult sitcom Peep Show.
In 2013 Vera founded a film production company Luminous Arts and since then written, directed, produced and acted in several award-winning shorts. Recently she acted in and directed a short black comedy In the Woods with a Dead Dog, adapted from the short story by Michel Faber, which will hit the festival circuit soon.
Vera’s debut poetry book The Holy Longing came out in September 2018 and got high praise from the readers. White Light, a film based on the poem from the book that Vera performed in and produced, won Best Experimental Film at New York City Independent Film Festival 2020.
For several years Vera has been working on co-producing Carlo Hintermann’s feature film The Book of Vision, where she acted opposite Charles Dance, Lotte Verbeek and Sverrir Gudnason. The film was executively produced by Terrence Malick and will be the opening film at Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week on 3rd September 2020. (More info: www.luminousarts.co.uk)
Vera is a founder and director of a London-based film production company Luminous Arts Productions, which has produced a number of short films, has been involved with Amir Naderi‘s Mountain and recently produced Carlo Hintermann’s The Book of Vision in collaboration with Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life, The Thin Red Line, Days of Heaven), Entre Chien et Loup (The Happy Prince, Elle, The Man who killed Don Quixote) and Citrullo International.
The Book of Vision will be opening Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week on 3rd September 2020.