Farah Abushwesha

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Farah Abushwesha (Arabic: فرح أبو شويشة‎) is an award-winning filmmaker of Libyan and Irish descent.


Abushwesha was born to an Irish mother and Libyan father. She grew up in Dublin and Tripoli. She is a writer, feature film line producer, activist and founding member of the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum. She is currently based in the UK. She is represented by MBA Literary agents.

Abushwesha has a diploma in journalism and trained as an actress at The Poor School in London, England.

Abushwesha was longlisted for the Yale World Fellows Program 2012 and has been selected by BAFTA as a new talent to watch, featuring in the October 2006 Bafta Academy magazine.[1]

Abushwesha has worked on a variety of feature films and written for The Guardian, Irish Times, The Irish Star, Mail and Guardian, Tripoli Post and The WIP. She has appeared on the BBC and Al Jazeera. She is one of the founders of Women4Libya, a campaign by Libyan civil society to get more women into leadership positions in the Libyan National Transitional Council. Her writings on women in Libya have been widely published. She also helped found the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' Rocliffe New Writing Forums, a platform for new screenwriting talent, and is author of the forthcoming book, Rocliffe Notes: How to Get Your Screenplay Out There. She has made three award-winning short films, and her film production works includes Wasteland, The Comedian and Late Bloomers, with William Hurt and Isabella Rossellini. She wrote a popular blog during the Libyan civil war called The Accidental Activist.[2]

Abushwesha founded the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum which takes place at BAFTA London Headquarters twice yearly and in New York as well as regional events including Belfast, Edinburgh, and Nottingham. The forums celebrated 12 years of their existence this year.[which?][3]


  • Wasteland (2012) (line producer)
  • The Comedian (line producer)
  • The Swarm (2011) (line producer)
  • Late Bloomers (2011) (production manager)
  • Cleanskin (2011) (production manager)
  • The Scouting Book for Boys (2009) (production coordinator)
  • Micro Men (2009) (production coordinator)
  • She a Chinese (2009) (production manager)
  • Welcome (2009) (production manager)
  • London River (2008) (production manager)
  • Pop Promo: Pete and the Pirates Blood gets Thing & Jennifer (2009) (producer)
  • Sir Alan Sugar Challenge (2006) (producer)
  • News from Heaven (2006) (associate producer)
  • Apartment 406 (2006) (associate producer)
  • The Pistachio Nut (2005) (associate producer)
  • No Deposit, No Return (2004) (producer)
  • The Welcome Committee (2004) (producer)


  • The Sharer (2007)
  • Chicken Soup (2006)
  • Sir Alan Sugar Challenge (2006)


  1. ^ "Farah Abushwesha Biography". celbcelb.com. Retrieved 22 June 2013elb. 
  2. ^ "Farah Abushwesha". IMDb. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Farah Abushwesha". Gems. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 

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