Carolyn Saunders wrote and directed her debut feature film, The Wasting, in 2016, after a decade of telling stories for television. A coming-of-age ghost story starring Lauren McQueen (The Violators, Hollyoaks) and Alexz Johnson (Final Destination 3, Instant Star), The Wasting is currently screening at festivals in Europe and North America. It won Best Horror Feature at the Austrian Film Festival and is nominated for Best Feature at the BAFTA qualifying Carmarthen Bay Film Festival in Wales.
In October 2016, Carolyn was one of four directors chosen for the prestigious Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) program at the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival. In 2014, she wrote the docudrama feature A Sicilian Dream, released theatrically in the UK, and for which she was nominated for Best Story at the Nice International Film Festival.
Carolyn grew up on air force bases around the world, and wrote documentary television series that included the Gemini-nominated Mighty Ships for Discovery, the long-running Ghostly Encounters, History Channel’s Yukon Gold, and Discovery’s hit series Forensic Factor. While earning a living in doc TV, she wrote her first feature script, the dark comedy Drilled, which won Honourable Mention in the Praxis Screenwriting Awards, and has Jason Priestley attached to direct. Earlier, she wrote and directed a short, Bundle of Joy, winning Best Director at the Regina 24-Hour Film Festival.
Carolyn is currently developing her next feature, a dystopian coming-of-age sci-fi called Island West.
Awards and Nominations:
2017, Best Horror Feature, Austrian Film Festival
2017, Laurissilva Amabassador Award, Madeira Film Festival
2017, Best Feature (nomination), Carmarthen Bay Film Festival
2016, Best Story (writer nomination), Nice International Film Festival
2004, Best Narrative (director), Regina 24-Hour Film Festival