Uga Carlini’s career has stretched across Africa, the U.K., Australia and Fiji. The award-winning writer, director and producer is a drama graduate from Stellenbosch University where she majored in filmmaking and acting. She became the founding partner of Towerkop Creations - a film production company that specializes in female driven heroine stories.
Uga’s acclaimed debut, hybrid-documentary feature, Alison, was famously dubbed “a story of monsters, miracles and hope. Based on the Penguin Random House, best-selling book, I Have Life, and written, produced and directed by Carlini, it became one of South Africa's most highly anticipated, and multi award-winning films. Alison was based on the true account of one of the country’s most gruesome rape survival stories, and while deploying a bold mixture of fairy tale idiom and unflinching frankness, the narrative unfolded into a story of survival, resilience and triumph. http://www.alisonthemovie.com
The film had its international premier at Dances with Films Festival in Los Angeles, where it earned pick of the fest from Enclave LA. It also won Best Documentary at the Asia Pacific International Film Festival, and best documentary at the Humanitarian Film Awards. Uga Carlini and Towerkop Creations were nominated in all 5 documentary categories at the 2017 SAFTAS (South African Film and Television Awards) for Alison. This included best director, and best overall film in the feature documentary section.
Furthermore, the screenplay for Alison won the 2017 Writer's Guild of South Africa Muse Award, as well as best documentary on the African continent at the AMVCA 2017 Awards. Uga was also the 2018 award winner for the World of Women’s Cinema award at the WOW Middle East Film Festival, and it was hailed as a human rights day win for the South African filmmaker of Italian descent.
Carlini's first short, Good Planets Are Hard To Find, is the environmentally-themed story of Elizabeth Klarer - South Africa's controversial "First Lady of Space", and her claim to an alien love affair with some startling scientific revelations. It swept up awards and accolades internationally by winning the PUMA Catalyst Audience Award at the 2012 Sustain our Africa Film Festival, and sold out viewings at South Africa's Cape Winelands Film Festival. It was also selected from over 7000 entries to be part of Berlin's 2011 InterFilm Shorts Competition, and was a featured short on US-based SNAG FILMS.
Uga Carlini is the first filmmaker, and Towerkop Creations the first South African film production company to be inducted as a member of the South African / American Business Chamber.