Noora Niasari 2021

Tehran born, Australian raised, Noora is an award-winning writer/director based in Naarm (Melbourne).

Currently, Noora is developing a number of long-form projects, including her debut feature film SHAYDA, produced by Vincent Sheehan and a feature film adaptation of the Iranian-American novel ‘Raya’ for SISTER & Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment. 

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.

As a screenwriter, Noora has worked across a multitude of writers rooms for Australian TV; her 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.

In 2020, Noora completed a mentorship with Luke Davies, Oscar-nominated screenwriter of LION as part of the highly regarded Australians in Film (AiF) – ‘Mentor LA’ program. She released her short film, TÂM 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, MIFF 68 ½, and Oscar Qualifying Flickerfest and St Kilda Film Festivals. 

Noora is interested in collaborations that foster authenticity, inclusivity, and nuanced perspectives. She is represented by United Talent Agency (UTA).