Melissa-Kelly Franklin


Melissa-Kelly has found herself living in various cities around the world, from Sydney to Bristol, Berlin to Lausanne. She is now based in London, where she writes and directs independent films.

Melissa-Kelly’s short film, PORTRAIT, inspired by Poe's short story The Oval Portrait and pre-raphaelite muse Elizabeth Siddal, screened in official selection at Wollongong Film Festival and Feel the Reel International Film Festival, and was highly commended by Experimental Forum for ‘vision and contribution to cinema’.   She was nominated for Best Director at the Largo Film Awards for her short film, EMBRACE ME, which had its UK premiere in the official selection of London’s Fragments Festival. Both films are currently streaming on as part of Switzerland’s Largo Film Talent Program.

Melissa-Kelly’s previous film collaborations include the documentary short, WILD THINGS, winner of Best Documentary Film at the Blue Mountains Film Festival and Canberra Film Festival, and highly commended at the Oscar and BAFTA qualifying FLiCKERFEST International Short Film Festival.

Melissa-Kelly graduated with first class honours in Advanced Arts from the University of Sydney, with majors in English Literature and History.  She followed her academic study with training in screen acting at NIDA and classical acting at LAMDA, all of which have been formative in shaping her writing and directing style. Her recently completed short, darkly comic romance ONLY THE LONELY, is soon to be released on the international festival circuit. She has several other projects in development, including upcoming short exploring women’s reproductive rights, THE QUICKENING, Australian Gothic period short WILD FLOWER and LGBT French Language short THE VOW. In December 2019, she will be Artist in Residence at the Bathway Theatre, Greenwich, while undertaking research and development for her play WE’LL DANCE ON THE ASH OF THE APOCALYPSE.

Melissa-Kelly is currently in the process of writing her first feature film.