Tehran born, Australian raised, Noora is an award-winning writer/director based in Melbourne.
Noora initially studied architecture, but found herself irrevocably drawn to the power of cinema. She travelled the world; making documentaries in Wales, Lebanon, and Chile where she made CASA ANTÚNEZ, a film exploring the meaning of ‘home’ in the aftermath of an earthquake, nominated for the New Talent Award at the 2017 Sheffield Doc/Fest.
During her Masters of Film & Television at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), Noora’s focus shifted inwards, to stories of her Iranian diaspora community. Her graduate short, THE PHOENIX (Simorgh) starred the acclaimed pre-revolution Iranian actor Manouchehr Farid in his first acting role in 35 years. Simorgh won the VCA New Voice Award, was selected for the Melbourne International Film Festival’s prestigious Accelerator Lab and nominated for an Australian Director’s Guild Award.
In 2015, Noora travelled to Spain where she was mentored by Iranian Master filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, who remains an inspiration. In his workshop, she developed the idea for her Screen Australia funded short film WATERFALL, a cross-cultural, coming of age drama that competed at festivals worldwide including MIFF, Leiden, Rencontres Internationales du Cinéma des Antipodes & released online by Omeleto.
Her latest short, TÂM is a 12-minute one-shot thriller starring Jillian Nguyen, described by FILMINK magazine as “intense, visceral and thought-provoking.” TÂM competed at the 2020 CinefestOZ Film Festival (Best Lead Actor finalist), screened to record online audiences at MIFF 68 ½, and was shortlisted for the AACTA Awards.
As a screenwriter, Noora has worked across a multitude of writers rooms for Australian TV; her latest episodic writing credits include Matchbox Pictures/ABC TV Series THE HEIGHTS and the upcoming Thumper Pictures’ Sci-Fi Series SECOND TIME, to which she is also attached as a director.
Noora is developing a number of long-form projects, including her debut feature film SHAYDA, produced by Vincent Sheehan (of Porchlight Films) with support from Film Victoria and Screen Australia. She is currently being mentored by Luke Davies, Oscar-nominated screenwriter of LION as part of the highly regarded Australians in Film (AiF) – ‘Mentor LA’ program.
Noora is interested in collaborations that foster authenticity, inclusivity, and nuanced perspectives. She is represented by United Talent Agency (UTA).