All I wanted to be at the age of nine was a secret agent. I did extensive research for my chosen vocation – artistic, academic, shamanic & otherwise. Born in Yugoslavia, childhood in Tehran, Iran, attended a sunny American school. Back in socialism, I became an intense teen on a bike, into alchemy, cinema & conspiracies. Then, I started dating, which derailed my spooky career. The war, inevitably, restored it. Chaos and heartbreak made existence wretched for everyone, yet ephemeral and surreal. That worked as relief. Graduated in psychology at University Of Novi Sad, MA in history of film & visual media at Birkbeck in London, in the meantime, moved countries and relationships, waited tables/tended bars, made idiosyncratic shorts, wrote (mostly) unproduced scripts, phantasmagorical short stories & copious amounts of poetry. Had profound fun with friends. Along the bumpy road, contributed to a magazine & newspaper, worked as an arts correspondent for national TV, manufactured film theory, attempted an esoteric PhD on the moving image, translated books, curated & organised events, like film seasons, poetry jams, stand-up, and such – somehow joining the film industry proper, promoting indie, art house & quality docs in London, for years. Always travelling, soothsaying my way through cosmologies & tribes, I was lucky to learn beautiful mysterious things from extraordinary people. Figured out the secret agency, in time. Presently wrapping up education as integrative arts psychotherapist (IAP), writing a spooky book, starting a podcast, and shooting a doc about female ancestry – #therosevinedoc🥀
Based both in UK and Serbia. Aspiring digital nomad, storyteller at large.
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Pen for hire: content, copy & translations.
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2017 Translation: Marsela Šunjić, Greetings From The Moon, novel (Dobra knjiga, Sarajevo, 2019). 2016 Translation: Marsela Šunjić, Good Night, City, novel (Dobra knjiga, Sarajevo, 2019). 2015 Translation: Suzana Vuksanović, Rastislav Škulec | Remix. Refresh. Restart. MSUV, Novi Sad. 2015 Translation: Svetlana Mladenov, Conflicts, provocations, relations, challenges, fears, energies, determinations: Art in the expanded field. MSUV, Novi Sad. 2015 Translation: Svetlana Mladenov, Subdued Existence, MSUV, Novi Sad. 2014 Translation: Sanja Kojić Mladenov, Cargo East, MSUV, Novi Sad. 2013 Translation: Nebojša Milenković, Uroš Đurić, Strategies of Excess, MSUV, Novi Sad. 2013 Translation: Suzana Vuksanović, New Sculpture In Vojvodina, MSUV, Novi Sad. 2013 Translation: Bosniaks of Sandzak, monograph, Beoknjiga, Belgrade. 2012 Translation: Suzana Vuksanović, Mira Brtka: Unstable Balances, MSUV, Novi Sad. 2011 Translation: Serbian Pavilion Catalogue for the 54th Venice Biennale, MSUV, Novi Sad. 2010 Translation: Edward F. Edinger, Anatomy of the Psyche: Alchemical Symbolism in Psychotherapy, Akademska Knjiga, Novi Sad. 2003 Script: Milana Vujkov, Lunatics At Large (unproduced). 1999 Script: Milana Vujkov, Sugar Serendip (unproduced). 1996 Script: Milana Vujkov, The Shelter (produced). 1996 Poetry: Milana Vujkov, The Journey, NS ART, Novi Sad. (as part of The Journey, multimedia project with Katarina Kovač, musician and Darko Vuković, designer).
2019/2020 Rosevine (in production). Serbia. TBC mins. 2010 Katarina Kovač: High & Low. Serbia. 3 mins. 2009 The Treasure Of Nina Madre. UK. 29 mins. 2009 Sanya Budna & Before. Serbia/Montenegro. 113 mins. 2009 Katarina Kovač: Streets Of Mine. Serbia. 4 mins. 2008 The New York Cube And The Hand of God. UK. 9 mins. Streetwise. UK. 5 mins. 2004 The Year Of The Monkey. UK. 10 mins. 1996 The Shelter. Serbia. 26 mins.
If you’d like to check out some of my writings in film theory, I’ve uploaded a few papers on Scribd:
Archetypal Enchantment and the Twin of David Lynch
Paper/Presentation; CUNY Graduate Centre, New York, 2010; Cinematic Desire: A Cinema Studies Group interdisciplinary graduate conference;
From Door Frame to Freeze Frame: Femmes Ante Portas
Paper/ Presentation; CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA, 2008, Framed: Delimiting the Film Image, A Cinema Studies Group interdisciplinary graduate conference;
Black Humour in Serbian Films of the Early Eighties and Its Cultural Consequences: The Cinema of Slobodan Šijan and Dušan Kovačević
MA Dissertation, 2005, Birkbeck College, University of London, Tutor: Prof. Laura Mulvey
The Magic of Joy: Cinema of Emir Kusturica, From Realism to Magical Reality
Essay, 2004, European Cinema, Birkbeck College, University of London