Ella: "It is okay to go down different routes and change direction, as long as you’re passionate about what you are doing because at the end that is all that matters."
Issue X Cover Feature Empower
Interviewed by Vanshika Gandhi and Bhagyashree Prabhutendolkar
Edited by Ann Vigi
Photo courtesy of Ines Hachou
30th September, 2021
Ella Greenwood is a British Filmmaker and the Founder of Broken Flames Productions. She is a Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree.
Aged 18, she wrote, directed & produced her first film 'Faulty Roots' which was selected for BAFTA Qualifying festivals and is now being developed into a feature film in partnership with social impact agency TerraMedia. She is also working on her next film 'Self-Charm' starring BAFTA Winner Bukky Bakray. Other upcoming projects include 'Smudged Smile' with Mia Mckenna-Bruce, 'Why Wouldn't I Be?' with Harry Collett and made in partnership with HUMEN, 'Better Get Better' with Elisha Applebaum and 'Fifty-Four Days'.
What got you into film-making and acting at such a young age? How have the initial years been different from now?
Ella: I have always loved movies and going to the cinema. So, from a young age, I knew that I wanted to be involved with making them. For a long time, I thought acting was the only way to be involved in movies, so I joined youth theatres. I signed with an agent early on, but then I realized that I wanted a bit more control over my work and what I did with my time. Therefore, I decided to start filmmaking. It honestly does not feel that different. Everything still feels similar to the initial years because each project you take on teaches you something new, and at every point of your journey you have to figure out new things.