Biography

Suri Krishnamma studied at the Arts University Bournemouth (UK) where he achieved early recognition with a BAFTA nomination for his student film, Mohammed’s Daughter. The following year, as a directing student at the National Film and TV School, he was awarded a second nomination for his short, Water’s Edge. More awards followed for professional work in both television and feature films, including a BAFTA nomination for A Respectable Trade, best UK feature at the Raindance Film Festival for New Year’s Day, the Grand Prix at Yubari in Japan, and the Gold Mikeldi at Bilbao and Silver Hugo at Chicago.

Suri has worked extensively in television, directing the award winning mini-series The Cazalets (2001), Wuthering Heights for MTV (2003) as well as Waking the Dead (2004), Dalziel and Pascoe (1998), Sea of Souls (2005), Blue Murder (2006) and Cold Blood (2007).

His feature film credits include A Man of No Importance (1994 – Albert Finney, Michael Gambon) New Year’s Day (2000 – Jacqueline Bisset, Bobby Barry and Andrew Lee Potts), Good Sharma (2008 – Billy Connolly, Joan Allen, Pankaj Kapoor), Locked In (2010 – Ben Barnes, Eliza Dushku) and The Grief Tourist (2011 – Mike Cudlitz, Melanie Griffith).

In his latest theatrical film, Bad Karma, Suri again works with a fine international cast including Ray Liotta, Dominic Purcell and Vanessa Grey in a gripping psychological thriller set on the Gold Coast, Australia.

Also a writer/director, Suri has made five short films and has a number of new projects in development. These include a contemporary road movie (WHERE DO I BEGIN); an interpretation of HAMLET; a thriller set in North London (LIONS, TIGERS & BEARS).

Suri was born on the Isle of Wight, the son of an English mother and Indian Father. He is Professor of Film at Norwich University of the Arts, an Honorary Fellow of the Arts University Bournemouth and a co-opted member of the board of Directors UK. He lives in London with his wife and 3 children.

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