Born and raised in Milano, Liana spent much of her youth as a delinquent student of agriculture. The short career in odd jobs that followed finally persuaded her to leave the Po' Valley, and at the age of 22, she arrived in England. Since then she has been pursuing the art of communication, first in photography, then in film, animation and writing.

She trained at the London College of Printing and at the National Film School. In 1988 she made her first film ‘The Happiest Dog in Space’, which was co-written with Simon Ashdown. In 1994 she made ‘The Cannon Woman’ an impossible love story between a circus fat lady and her slim assistant. In 1997 with ONE EYE, a tale of misguided parental love, Liana won a number of awards including best student film at the Zagreb FF, Best Film at ANIMAR, Best Film at Castelli Animati, and went to Cannes FF as part of Cinefondation.

In 1998, tired of drawing, but not of typing, Liana turned to writing, joining forces with director Lynne Ramsay on the adaptation of MORVERN CALLAR, a novel by Alan Warner. Premiered at Cannes, the film won critical acclaim and numerous awards, amongst which the FIPRESCI New Director Award, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association New Generation Award.

In 2000, missing making films with her own hands, she made BYE BYE, a short animated film about a young child grappling with the notion of death. The film won the Jury Prize at the Castelli Animati FF in Rome and was screened amongst other places at Rotterdam, Annecy and Tokyo.

In 2001, with director Lynne Ramsay, Liana started the adaptation of ‘The Lovely Bones’ by Alice Sebold. Sadly in 2004, under financial pressure, the project was sold on to a ‘bigger’ director.

Liana is currently writing an original feature project, CRAZY DAISY, developed by Animus Films, which she will also direct. The film explores the themes of adolescence, identity and social control, with the story of young Daisy, a mentally impaired girl who strives to be normal and hitchhikes her way through sexual discovery.






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