Rebecca Cremona

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Rebecca Cremona is a Maltese film director. She is the director and co-writer of Simshar, the first Maltese film to be submitted for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.


Cremona obtained a BA in Film and Comparative Literature from the University of Warwick and an MA in Broadcast Cinema at the Art Center College of Design.[1] She also studied at the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles.[2]


Early in her career, Cremona worked on a number of films shot in Malta, most notably Munich and Agora.[2][3][4] In 2009 she directed a short film called Magdalene, which went on to win a Student EMMY and a Director’s Guild of America award.[2] In 2014 she directed Simshar, a film which tells the story of the Simshar incident, whereby four persons died in an explosion on a shipping vessel off the coast of Malta.[5]

Simshar was submitted for consideration for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards, the first ever Maltese film to be submitted for this award.[5][6] Simshar is widely referred to as the first ever Maltese international feature film.[5][7][8][9][10]

It is reported that Cremona is working on a feature film titled "The Gut", based in the Strait Street area of Valletta, which will feature Maisie Williams in the lead role.[11][12]


Year Film Role Notes
2009 Magdalene Director/Writer Short film
2014 Simshar Director/Co-writer Feature film


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  10. ^ Reljic, Teodor (7 May 2014). "Film Review | Simshar". MaltaToday. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  11. ^ Cilia, Johnathan (November 2018). "EXCLUSIVE: Game Of Thrones' Maisie Williams Returns To Malta To Star In Maltese Film". Lovin Malta. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  12. ^ Nicholson, Rebecca (17 October 2018). "Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams: 'I'm still petrified of my peers'". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 March 2019.