Director Al Carretta - Biography

With 13 indie features produced between 2010 and 2018, Al Carretta is a hyphenate talent. Combining his skillset as actor, director, writer, editor and cinematographer, his unique approach has allowed him to freely experiment with genre and style whilst keeping costs nominal and maintaining his ethos of stage to screen production. In 2010, after a decade of stage performance built around countless productions in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, mafia crime drama 'What You See Is What You Get' came together as Carretta's first feature. In Autumn 2010 he delivered the 1990s set romantic tragedy 'The Length Of Spring' in Autumn 2010 whilst 2011 saw the production of 'Africa In Her Blood'. Originally produced on stage in Edinburgh in 2008, the film dealt with the concerns of John Smith, a farmer desperately trying to escape a collapsing Zimbabwe. In 2012, a revised version of 'Wysiwyg' was delivered. 'The Devil Made Me Do It' saw Carretta reprise the DiMaggio role in a re-imagination of the original stage script. With better cameras and higher production values, the film proved to be a marker point.

In Summer 2013, the film 'Super Tuesday', about the controversial 1960 US Election was produced for simultaneous release on stage in the Edinburgh Fringe and VOD (Video On Demand). Immediately following the 'Tuesday' production 'A Mass For The Dying' was made in Autumn 2013 as a companion piece to 'Africa In Her Blood', sticking much closer to the original stage script. In Spring 2014, after eighteen months in production alongside other projects, Carretta delivered 'Automatically Sunshine', a genre piece set in present day England dealing with the issues of human trafficking and the pressures of undercover policing. This was his first 'screenplay only' production with no prior stage version.

In Summer 2014, Carretta launched the Nightpiece Film Festival in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He also began work on the feature 'The Madness Of Tellaralette Seville', which debuted under the radar in the Edinburgh Fringe. Concerning the lives of drone operators scarred by PTSD, the project was shelved for 3 years until filming finally took place between October 2017 and April 2018 with a 4th May 2018 VOD release becoming Carretta's 11th feature. In Spring 2015, in reaction to various press articles dealing with the shady world of Carbon offset trading, filming began on Carretta's 8th feature film 'Carbon Foxes'. Completed for August, it premiered as the opening film in 2nd Nightpiece Film Festival. Through Spring and Summer 2016, Carretta delivered 9th feature 'Bad Caller', premiering in the 3rd Nightpiece Film Festival in EdFringe. 

In 2017, 'Precious Little Things' a crime drama and sequel to 'Automatically Sunshine' was produced as Carretta's 10th feature, premiering in the 4th Nightpiece Film Festival in EdFringe. In 2018, immediately after 'The Madness of Tellaralette Seville', Carretta turned around his 12th feature, the emotional drama 'Tara Reata', casting, filming, editing and finishing the entire 75m production in May. Premiered to an excellent response in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2018, th'dread rattlin' is Carretta's 13th feature.

Keeping things busy In Spring 2019, the short films 'As The Frost Glistens' (10m) and 'Homeless Comforts' (40m) have already been completed as production continues on Summer 2019 feature films 'Princess in the Castle' (premiering in the Nightpiece Film Festival) and 'Cocaine.Gangster.Talk.'