Strange Machine is a London-based production company that aims to disrupt conventions in the film industry and bring different perspectives to the screen.
By exploring complex themes via experimental genre films, and using the freedom they offer to push narratives in unexpected directions, we hope to uncover truths about the way we live and who we are.
Francesca is a director and award-winning writer. With a background in performing arts, Francesca began working in feature film production and distribution at companies such as New Regency, Universal Pictures, See-Saw Films, and Porchlight Films.
Her short film script Faded won a Live Script Reading Award at the Channel 4-supported British Urban Film Festival in 2015, and her first feature film screenplay Uuno was awarded funding by the Finnish Cultural Foundation. She has since directed Lynch, a short film about social paranoia, and written and directed Undone, a short which screened at Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Pan African Film Festival, and at leading international LGBTQ festivals such as Inside Out and NewFest. She is a member of BFI Network x BAFTA Crew and an alumna of Encounters Film Festival’s Widening the Lens: Shorts 2 Features scheme.
Manuel is editor and publisher of the arts, science and politics journal, After Us. Through essays, pictorials and fiction, the journal focuses on how the latest technological developments and emerging political ideas might affect society in the future, and explores how the arts can help guide us through a changing world.
Manuel is also an art director for several clients in the independent music industry, having formed his studio, Optigram, in 2008, and commissions have encompassed interface design, kinetic art pieces, multi-sensory installations, and experimental animation. For twelve years he owned and ran the retro-futurist record label, Citinite, and since 2011 has presented a monthly radio show on NTS.
In 2018 he was invited to join the Moving Picture Company in London as a concept designer for film visual effects.