Annalisa Piras is an Italian journalist, film-maker and communications advisor. She wrote, produced and directed the acclaimed film documentary " Girlfriend in a Coma". She was the London Correspondent for L'Espresso 1997-2011 and for La7 TV for six years. In 2006-2007 she was the first Italian president of the London Foreign Press Association.
As a political and social commentator she frequently appears on BBC News, Sky News, CNN, Al Jazeera and CNBC.
Her BBC Radio 4 documentary The Italian Patient was shortlisted as the FPA Best Story of the Year by a UK-based foreign correspondent. Her TV documentary on the Hutton Enquiry, written and directed for La7 TV, was shortlisted for the same award in 2003.
As EU senior editor, she was part of the initial team which launched Euronews, the pan-European multilingual news television channel, on 1 January 1993 in Lyon, France. In 2011–12 she produced, co-wrote and directed the first independent feature documentary on Italy seen from abroad, Girlfriend in a Coma, co-written and narrated by Bill Emmott, former editor of The Economist, inspired by his book Good Italy, Bad Italy (Yale University Press).
Girlfriend in a Coma
In 2012 Annalisa Piras produced, co-wrote and directed the first independent feature documentary on Italy as seen from abroad, Girlfriend in a Coma, working with Bill Emmott, former editor of The Economist, as co-author and narrator. The film was made by Springshot Productions.
The documentary is inspired by Emmott’s book Good Italy, Bad Italy (Yale University Press), as well as by Piras’s patriotic passion and insight about the country she left in the early 1990s. The film aims to introduce Italians and the World to the dark side of the country's political, economic and social decline, the product of a moral collapse in the West. It was broadcast on BBC Four, Sky Italia and La7 TV channels early in 2013, and subsequently on other channels worldwide as well as in public screenings.
The “Girlfriend in a Coma” title is a citation of a British musical hit by The Smiths from their album Strangeways (1987).
- Video of "Girlfriend In a Coma" Screening at ICA - London
- riscatto-amica-coma-081838.shtml?uuid=AbgfySAH/ Il riscatto dell'amica in coma. Il Sole 24 Ore