Raised in Rome, Los Angeles, and the English countryside, Francesca brings a worldly, passionate and unique sensibility to her filmmaking. Her character-driven films are visceral and darkly humorous, stylistically bold, with undertones of the magical and surreal.
A Brown University graduate with a Theater Arts major, Francesca sold scripts to both HBO and Paramount before co-helming her directorial debut TANNER HALL with Tatiana Von Furstenberg. The film marked the screen debut of two-time Oscar nominee, Rooney Mara in a lead role. Rooney alongside Oscar winner, Brie Larson play boarding school girls entering their senior year. This coming of age drama focuses on the girls flirting with adulthood and the consequences that brings. The film was an official selection at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival.
Francesca next wrote and directed THE TRUTH ABOUT EMANUEL, which stars Jessica Biel, Kaya Scodelario and two-time BAFTA nominated actor, Alfred Molina. This psychological drama/thriller follows the eerie journey of Emanuel a troubled girl who becomes preoccupied with the mysterious new neighbor that bears a striking resemblance to the girl’s dead mother. It premiered in the US Dramatic Competition at Sundance 2013.
In addition to film, Francesca has been courted by the world of fashion. In 2011 she was asked to co-direct the DVF Fall Campaign, shot in China, and more recently, she completed the Jigsaw 2014 Fall Campaign, shot in London. Her experience working across various mediums give her advertising work a distinctive and cinematic feel.
Summer 2016 Francesca will be directing two episodes for the second season of the hit British-American science fiction series, HUMANS produced by AMC, Channel 4 and Kudos. The eight-episode second season is scheduled to air in the UK late 2016 and in the United States in 2017.
In the Fall/Winter 2016 Francesca is attached to direct SOPHISTICATED, the untold story of Dorothy Arzner. Dorothy set out against all odds in Hollywood’s Golden Age to become its singular female director. This all but unknown icon directed Paramount’s first talking picture, made stars of Katherine Hepburn, Lucille Ball and Joan Crawford and directed more feature films in the studio system than any other woman to this day, all while kicking up plenty of scandal along the way and managing to find true love.
With filming planned for Spring/Summer 2017, Francesca has adapted and will direct the novel OLIVIA by Dorothy Strachey Bussy. It is considered one of the most beautifully written lesbian novels of the century. Set in the Belle Époque, this 1949 classic awakens the passions of an English adolescent sent away to a small finishing school outside Paris, where she ends up in a deadly love triangle with her beguiling headmistresses.
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