It’s fair to say Maya is a woman of many talents, not least scriptwriting and film making. Originally from Jersey, Channel Islands, Maya’s currently reading a Masters degree at Bill Manhire’s International Institute of Modern Letters, Wellington, under New Zealand playwright David Geary. She’s writing/directing a spoof scientific series aimed at children for Inspirational TV, New Zealand, along with writing the feature film script Abandoned Islands. The dynamic tale of how the Channel Islands were forsaken by the UK government during World War II, and their people left to survival five years of German Occupation alone.
Having studied under Doug Chamberlain (Toy Story II), Claire Bloom (BBC Radio 4) and other notables; Jus Rains, Abbott Vision, commented, ‘Maya is a very talented, committed writer, with an excellent eye for a good story and great ear for dialogue.’ Writing in a range of genres, from historical drama to comedic farce, Maya’s flair for originality and authenticity shines through in either adapted or original works.
A passionate environmentalist Maya’s first film, the short ethnographic documentary ‘Man with the Seasons, makes a strong statement about our lifestyles and how they’ll be impacted by global changes. In 2009 it was shown at Jersey Branchage Film Festival and My Hero, USA and in 2010 at Reel Earth Film Festival, New Zealand. It is used as a teaching tool on permaculture courses.
Her latest film Bosdet: The Man Behind the Glass Window, a culturally important historical documentary about the life and times of Henry Thomas Bosdet, has attracted sell out screenings in Jersey, C.I. and is currently at film festivals worldwide.
Maya believes film making is a collaborate art form and is always keen to link with other artists.
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