Deva Films is an award winning film production company managed by me, Deva Palmier.
I’m a Writer-Director working in comedy, genre and drama. I am passionate about making cinematic films driven by misfits and maybe that’s because I am one. Half Egyptian-Maltese, half UK, I was born in New Zealand and as a child lived in Indonesia, India, Switzerland and the UK.
I originally trained as an actress at Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a BP Scholarship and then toured across Canada with my own theatre company. A few years later I went on to spend the summer studying filmmaking at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, on a William and Eva Fox Fellowship.
My short films have been selected for many awards and I was fortunate enough to be mentored by Gurinder Chadha for a year on the Guiding Lights scheme, but really the biggest prize of all is to be making BLUE, my first feature film, this year.
I’m working with a wonderful team to realise this supernatural black comedy with songs which is being produced by Adam Gregory Smith of Hidden Art Films, and filming in Frome, London and Mexico City. I’m a huge fan of Gemma Jones (Marvellous, Bridget Jones Diary, Rocketman) and it’s wonderful to be working with her. I’m also excited to be directing Rosie Allerhand, helping her realise the emotionally dynamic role of Laura.
“When Jess, Laura’s seven year old, dies Laura feels like she failed her as a mother and all she wants to do is join her up in the skies. But while she’s in mourning a poltergeist storms through her home and she can’t help but see her daughter’s tempestuous nature in this turbulent little tornado, which opens up another opportunity to share some maternal love.”
I’ve just been selected for BFI Network X BAFTA Crew 2019/20 and for the Directors UK Inspire scheme 2019/20 – mentored by writer director William McGregor and I’m very grateful since this will help with my prep for Finding Clive.