Tonia Mishiali

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Tonia is a filmmaker who loves making films that deal with social and women’s issues. Her films have competed in more than 100 Int’l Film Festivals all over the world and won several awards including the Fipresci prize by the International Federation of Film Critics for her debut feature PAUSE. She loves photography, films, cooking and music.

What was your latest book discovery? What are your favorite books of all time?

All-time favorites:
Lord of the flies by William Golding
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Most visited blogs, websites? : 

The Guardian
Film New Europe
Hollywood Reporter
Screen International

What apps do you use the most and why?

Facebook and Instagram because they are good promotional tools for my work and I like to stay connected with friends and colleagues. Plus I get to follow the work of many artists I admire and discover talent for my films.

Whats currently on your playlist?

Old classics:
Smells Like Teen Spirit by Patti Smith
She by Elvis Costello
Perfect Day by Lou Reed
You Want It Darker by Leonard Coen
Blue Valentines by Tom Waits
Pale Blue Eyes by Velvet Underground
When The Party’s Over by Billie Ellish
Hurt by Johnny Cash
Purple Rain by Prince and the Revolution
Into My Arms by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

What records would you recommend to hear?

When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We go? by Billie Ellish
Purple Rain by Prince and The Revolution
Back to Black (Deluxe Edition) by Amy Winehouse
Martin Scorsese presents the Blues: A musical journey

Fresh movie finds? What films do you think everybody should watch?

Pain and Glory by Pedro Almodovar
Queen of Hearts by May El Touki
Monos by Alejandro Landes
Border by Ali Abbasi
Girl by Lukas Dhont
Ray and Liz by Richard Billingham

Which artists working today do you admire most?

Pedro Almodovar
Sofia Coppola
Darren Aronofski
Catherine Breillat
Lynne Ramsay
Andrea Arnold
Jim Jarmusch
Tom Waits
Nick Cave
Aki Kaurismäki, not necessarily in that order.

What are some of your tv top tips right now?

These are the ones I have watched lately and loved
Big Little Lies
The Handmaid’s Tale
Tales of The City

But I have some other all-time favorites
Friends (always go to it when I need a laugh)
The Big Bang Theory

Who are you following?


What tools do you use in your work?

Adobe Premiere
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Illustrator

What magazines / newspapers do you read regularly?

None in print - trying to save the environment!

What are your favorite gadgets?

GHD Hair iron straightener (I have bangs so it is a must!)
Calendula cream by Apivita
Mac lipstick (mocha satin) and eyeshadow (shades of whites, green and blue that i use as eye pencil under my eyes)
Jo Malone cologne (Wood sage and sea salt, Blackberry and Bay, Grapefruit)
My old ray-ban sunglasses (never go out of style),
Tea tree oil for using in the plane (I travel a lot) to minimize getting sick
Dr. Bach’s rescue remedy spray
Apivita liquorice pastilles