She has a PhD in Screenwriting and Psychology, researching narrative universals across U.S. and Chinese blockbusters. This has lead her to propose a new, bio-cultural approach to film narrative analysis, drawing on narrative psychology, evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, behavioural science and comparative anthropology.
A graduate of Nottingham University, the London Film School and UCLA, Kira-Anne started her career assisting Stanley Kubrick on Eyes Wide Shut. Moving into visual effects, Kira-Anne worked in both London and California on films including Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace, The Matrix sequels, Catwoman and The Ladykillers before returning to screenwriting, her original passion.
As a script consultant and writer, Kira-Anne has worked for numerous development agencies and production companies including Film London, the BBC and ITV. Kira-Anne is a visiting tutor in Screenwriting at Falmouth University and also the Met Film School, and has previously presented research seminars to the London College of Communications (University of the Arts) and Bangor University, has taught modules at Regent’s University and the University of Surrey, and script workshops at the London Film School.
Kira-Anne’s transnational story consultancy often entails working with production companies from the US, China and the Middle East. In 2016 she was appointed a Visiting Professor to the Jilin Animation Institute, the largest animation and film school in China.
Kira-Anne has written for several journals and publications including the Journal of Screenwriting, The Times (online), Sixth Tone, China Film Insider, Screenwriter magazine, Twelvepoint.com and UK Writer Magazine. She is a regular speaker at the London Screenwriters Festival and is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Screenwriting.
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