Photograph: Emily Breeds
Cassiah is an award-winning director, with her debut short film Polly (2017) winning at the Moondance International Film Festival in 2018. She completed her second short Woman of the Night in 2018; her third, award-nominated short Kindling in 2019; completed a lockdown short in 2020; and her award-winning BFI Network short Catch A Butcher premiered at the BAFTA-qualifying Cambridge Film Festival 2021, as well as screening at the BAFTA-qualifying festivals Underwire Film Festival 2022 and Flatpack Festival 2022. She is currently in post-production directing a BBC Studios Drama Productions short film The Pink Pill, written by Sorcha Kurien-Walsh. She was recently selected for Storiculture's 'Making a Myth' 2022 feature lab for a feature version of 'Catch a Butcher' in Goa, India. Cassiah was most recently a Director Trainee on the AppleTV/60Forty series Hijack. She is currently developing her debut feature film projects.
As a director, Cassiah is motivated to tell stories through a genre lens, and often her work explores the projection of femininity, the subversion of typical female roles, and dual heritage/identity. She has been mentored by directors Gurinder Chadha OBE, Claire McCarthy and Jim Field Smith.
Cassiah also directs music videos (CASA award nominated) and promotional films for clients.