Zohie Castellano is a writer, director, and designer from Melbourne, Australia. Long fascinated with the relationship between images and stories, Zohie began her career in production design, completing a Bachelor of Production at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2009. Since then, she has worked across various mediums spanning film, theatre, and opera.
Zohie has always gravitated towards projects that feature unconventional forms of collaboration, pushing the boundaries of collective expression and understanding. In 2015, she formed the collective Resa Tela Films, from which her first short film as writer and director emerged: the fantastical ORACLE. ORACLE premiered at Flickerfest in 2018 and showcases her distinct ability to create compelling visual languages; worlds that encompass the everyday while speaking to wider, spiritual dimensions of human experience.
Zohie’s design credits include costume and production design for the feature film HAIL (2011, 68th Venice International Film festival), THE TURNING (2013, 60th Melbourne International Film Festival), and costume design on GALORE (2013, 64th Berlin Film festival). Professional highlights include participation in the 2014 Berlinale Talents and a nomination for best production design from the Australian Film Critics Association for her work on HAIL. Most recently, Zohie designed surreal apocalyptic feature AKRA (dir: Devin Horan), filmed in the Caucasus (Georgia).
Following her interest in the efficacy of fables and ritual, Zohie is currently in development for her next short narrative MATING RITUAL; a part of larger long-form project VERA. Through these works she intends to explore a feminine perspective to investigate and question boundaries that exist between one and another; how permeable they are, and where they fall.