Getting To Know … Zarine Murray

Zarine Murray is a black female film director and writer who has written and directed 10 films.

Her film Snatched has been selected for two festivals, she recently had a collaboration with Genesis Cinema and Catford Mews Cinema and organised the creative film awards in January at Fairfield Hall. We spoke to Murray to find out what more she has in store for us this year …

Who are you?

My name is Zarine Murray I am a film director and a filmmaker I am a mother to a wonderful warrior, Omari, who suffers from Sickle Cell anaemia and Moyamoya disease.

What do you do?

I make films and direct, films, I have written eighteen films and eight trailers, I also work as a freelance mortician.

What are you working on now?

I have completed my latest short film Snatched about a fictional character named Martha-Louise Hooper. We delve into her horrific story. Martha was raped by her step father; she tells her story to encourage people and to help mitigate mental health trauma. I also completed my latest micro-doc Dear Exquisite Black King which is currently in post production.

What are you watching?

Greenleaf.

What are you reading?

The Most Powerful Woman in the Room is You, by Lydia Fenet

What are you listening to?

Currently I am listening to different genres – Soul, Gospel, R&B. I am a 90’s lady so I am in love with old school rhythms

Last thing you saw on stage?

Phantom of the Opera.

Whose footsteps are you following in?

I would love to say Tyler Perry really is a great role model, but my mother Whitney G Jones, is who I aspire to really follow.

What’s next?

I had the opportunity to pitch my work at The New Black film Collective’s event at Rich Mix Cinema. In April a ZM films collaboration with Black film festival in Atlanta for an international project Music for Films with renowned music composer Jolene Khor as a special guest. In May, at Ritzy Cinema I’m hosting the ZM international film festival to represent underrepresented filmmakers. And I’ll be filming my short film My Sister’s Protector.

What’s your socials?

Instagram & Twitter: Z.M.films | Linktree


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