Maia is an award winning documentary and fiction filmmaker with a focus on sharing nature, science, and evocative human stories. Work includes for BBC London Factual, Lightbox Ltd, TedX, and under the production house Ascent Pictures. Films have been screened nationwide at festivals, including multiple times at the BFI, and have been supported by Film 4, the Guardian, Oxford University Press, BBC Scotland, and Stephen Fry. Forthcoming projects include the 2015 web-series Wilder, profiling people who have a strong interaction with nature, and a feature documentary following the work of the Centre of Arctic Health in Greenland. She is currently working as a science researcher in factual broadcasting.
Self-produced/directed documentaries include a short which was one of four live finalists in a nation-wide film competition run by the Guardian and Oxford University Press after a round of global online voting; a short about the exploitative extraction of conflict minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and several upcoming projects supported by the British Film Institute Future Film. The passion for documentary film and science communication was illuminated after working as a paid junior researcher on BBC2’s factual series ‘Cloud Lab’. She has since worked on several science and factual projects for the BBC, and recently attended the World Congress of Science and Factual Producing on the Wellcome Trust Mentoring Scheme for Emerging Talent. This desire to inform the public of science creatively, also led Maia to present an engaging talk at the TedX St Andrews Event in 2013, titled ‘How the Earth Shapes Us’.
Maia’s most recognized work is the award winning feature film Ebony Road which was highly commended by industry professionals and won the award for Best Drama at the prestigious 2011 Portobello Film Festival Grand Awards Ceremony, and has since screened nationally at events, Q&As, and festivals. Maia immediately went on to direct the short film Six Degrees on behalf of Steel Mill Pictures and the Hep C Trust. Six Degrees premiered at the 2011 V Festival, won the Choose Life Film Competition, and stars Georgia Groome, Sam Spruell, Laura Aikman & Paul Andrew Williams. Recent fiction directing work includes multi award winning short film Sunder which screened at the BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival and the BFI Imax. Short film Witches for the Film 4 Scene Stealers competition made the shortlist of the top 30 from the 500 entrants with judges including Anna Higgs, Joe Cornish, Asif Kapadia and Lone Scherfig.
In 2015, Maia graduated with a First Class BSc (Hons) degree in Geology from the University of St Andrews, accompanied by gaining the DeCourcy Duggan Prize for Most Innovative Dissertation. This strong background in the fields of geology, physics, maths, biology, and geography, provide Maia with an additional ability to communicate science effectively through film.
“I strongly believe that the information and inspiration needed for the public to explore their own inquisitive minds and pose controversial, creative, and conversational questions should be available and present indefinitely in an entertaining manor.