BA (Hons) Performing Arts Middlesex University, UK
MA Theatre Directing GITIS Moscow/Middlesex University, UK
MA Film Making Kingston University, UK
Lois Norman is a British/Australian Creative Artist, whose work focuses on the bravery and diversity of the human condition. Primarily, using the ‘Female’ word and image as a lens, she explores and questions the truth of who we are and the strength it takes to be all of who we can dare to be.
With a career in theatre and the word and a love of Art and the visual, she is currently enjoying filmic and writing collaborations with a diverse range of Artists from all disciplines, always moving to explore new ways of seeing and feeling.
Her short documentary: Drawing on Speech which was created in collaboration with Tate Curator and Artist Michele Fuirer, was screened at both at Tate Britain and Tate Modern 2014/2015.
Her Award Winning Documentary ‘She Is Juiced’, a first feature for Lois, which she filmed entirely solo, celebrates the work and lives of Four LGBTQIA+ Female Identifying Artists, had its World Premiere when Lois was invited to screen ‘She Is Juiced’ at Tate Britain in 2017, both as part of Tate’s ground Breaking Exhibition, Queer Britain and to launch London Pride 2017.
The film has also won Best Art Film at NRFF Amsterdam 2018, Best Documentary at Brighton Rocks 2018, was a BAFTA Cymru Finalist at Carmarthen Bay Film Festival 2018 and Lois has won ‘Most Innovative Film Maker’ at Wales International Film Festival 2018.
Lois’ two poetry films, The Light, starring dancer Bettina Carpi and The Shell featuring Lois herself, have also achieved screenings and awards around the world: The Shell winning Best Poetry Film at BAFTA Cymru qualifying Carmarthen Bay film Festival in 2019.
Swivel, Lois’ Gender fluid Dance film starring the trailblazing Iron&Sparks was made in 2019 and is currently still screening at many world film festivals, including the prestigious BAFTA accredited Festivals: Aesthetica, Bolton Film Festival, London Short Film Festival & BAFTA Cymru accredited Carmarthen Bay Film Festival in the UK.
Swivel has been selected for over 100 film festivals world-wide and has achieved over 30 outright wins so far, including Best Director, Best Experimental, Best LGBTQ, Best Score, Best International Short, Best Editing, Best Sound Design, Best Choreography, Best Cinematography, Best Art House Short and Most Pioneering Work!
Lois directed Weightless, written by award winning screenwriter Louise Monaghan and starring the iconic Toyah Wilcox in 2023. Drawing on her years of experience in directing actors in theatre, it was a privilege to both cast and direct such an accomplished and dedicated actor as Toyah and Lois was delighted to win Best Director at Brighton International Film Festival 2023. Weightless is currently touring film festivals around the world.
Lois is currently in post-production with Beccy Strong (Gateways Grind) editing her queer short, Crave. With a 100% Female cast, crew and creatives, Crave moves to help redefine the Female Gaze: both of ourselves and each other. Crave will be finished ready for festivals in 2024, please join us!