A professional photographer since 1990, Christine Lalla
has lived in Hong Kong, Paris and Mexico, specialising in action/sports reportage for editorials including GQ, Esquire and Condé Nast Traveller. After graduating as a Cinematographer from The London Film School, she was mentored by Academy Award nominee, Barry Ackroyd BSC. Her films have premiered at Locarno, Cottbus and Clermont-Ferrand Film Festivals, and she was nominated for Best Cinematography at Emir Kusturica’s Küstendorf Film Festival in 2012. She is an alumna of the Berlinale Talents and a member of Directors UK.
Christine directed a cast of deaf actors for her short, Grandad's Dead which was shot entirely in British Sign Language and also works as a self-shooting director producing documentary, corporate, and children’s short films for clients that include The English National Opera.
She has written three screenplays and her short script, Slight Return was recently shortlisted in the 2013 Euroscript/Underwire Film Festival script competition.
Three years ago she was very fortunate to meet film director Ben Wheatley who encouraged her to write a no-budget script, to film in the method he used for his debut feature, Down Terrace - shot in eight days with £6K. Together with an appreciation of Steven Soderbergh's self-shooting and a long admirer of Christopher Nolan's filming method for his debut film, Following - The New Boy will be her first feature.
"Self-shooting as well! Excellent." Ben Wheatley