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, and was recently invited to contribute both films to the international short film streaming platform 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-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. She has several other projects in development, including darkly comic romance short film ONLY THE LONELY,  LGBT French Language short film LE VŒU (The Vow), and speculative fiction play WE'LL DANCE ON THE ASH OF THE APOCALYPSE. She is also in the process of writing her first feature film.